Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dad's Birthday ROCKS!

Maggie's husband is an avid rock collector and has passed on his love of geology to their sons. So when his birthday rolled around this week, we knew we had to include rocks somehow. We always try to make some sort of homemade gift on birthdays and holidays, but how do you and the kids do homemade when it comes to rocks? Make Treasure Rocks, of course! These fun, homemade rocks contain small trinkets and surprises that will delight the recipient when the rocks are cracked open! So easy and fun for the whole family!

What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds (used or instant)
  • 1/2 cup sand
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water

First, find small, non-plastic objects that you want as treasure for inside your rocks. We let the kids go around the house and pick out what "treasures" they thought Dad would like: glass marbles, a jingle bell, "gold" buttons, coins, and fake diamonds were what caught their eye! They even decided at the last minute to put leprechaun gold in one!

Now you are ready to make your rocks! Preheat your oven to 250 and mix your dry ingredients together.

Then add the water a little bit at a time until you get a play dough-like consistency.

Once your dough is just right, divide it up depending on how many rocks you want. Then flatten the divided parts...

...and place your "treasures" inside.

Then fold the dough around the "treasures" sealing them up. Mold your dough into the shape of rocks.

Place your rocks on a cookie sheet, pop them in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Once the time is up, leave your rocks in overnight to finish drying. We found that ours were still a little underdone on the bottoms, so we flipped them over and popped them back in for some more cooking time. And there you have it: Homemade Treasure Rocks! Do they look real or what??

Now the fun part: breaking them! Dad had a great time breaking open the Treasure Rocks with the boys and seeing what wonderful things they had hidden! No, a rock hammer is not necessary, just more fun!

This was a fun project for the whole family, as kids of all ages could help make (and break!) them!
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  1. I was reading these thinking, oh, I bet they taste really good! Because they look yummy! But then I went back and read the ingredients lol.

  2. Who knew you could make homemade rocks. How fun to break them apart and see what's inside! And they look so real!!!

  3. This looks like too much fun! I can't wait to give it a try when my little guy is a bit older. I hadn't ever heard of this idea before.

  4. This is so cool!!! I featured your rocks on my blog:

    I'll be making them this weekend...thanks for the inspiration!!!


  5. would it be possible to hide paper notes in them or would they burn?

  6. I just threw some of these in the oven for my three year olds tomorrow. We are studying the letter "R" this week. Each rock has a small picture of an "R" word and the written word. I covered each picture with clear contact paper for durability. Thanks for the fabulous idea! :-)

  7. Is there something that you can substitute for the coffee grounds?