Word Rocks

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Word Rocks - Paint several of rocks with inspirational words and leave them at random places for people to find. A great activity for kids. Fun for the hiders and the finders.

Paint several of rocks with inspirational words and leave them at random places for people to find.

Word Rocks – This summer we had a really neat experience being introduced to word rocks. We were staying at the lake when my friend texted us early in the morning to come for a walk. My daughter had a very late night the night before so I really didn’t want to wake her up. About an hour or so later my persistent friend texted me again saying “it’s so amazing, come for a walk.” It was a foggy, drizzly morning so I assumed she meant that the forest looked quite beautiful that morning, again, nothing I was interested in waking up my daughter for and I couldn’t leave her unattended. Eventually my daughter slowly popped her head out of bed and I was thrilled she’d had a nice long sleep. Later I made my way onto Facebook and saw that my friend had posted a collection of amazing photos of kids holding these beautiful rocks with messages written on them. She had stumbled on a treasure trail of rocks that had been decorated and adorned with lovely, inspiring messages – they were everywhere in the forest, dozens of them. Later in the day Noelle and her friend went for a walk and found tons of these little beauties. On the back of each rock was written #wordrocks. I popped on the internet and found the origins of the word rock story here. A simple and sweet project started by a mother and her son in San Diego, California.

There is so much I love about this little project. I’m a big fan of random acts of kindness and the look on the kids faces when they found the rocks was priceless. It gave them a chance to make some big decisions too…leave the rocks for others to find or keep them for themselves. We also had an opportunity to talk about what all the messages meant in depth and what that meant personally to each child. In the end, each child kept one rock that they identified most with and then took the other rocks back to hide again for others to find. It was all the kids talked about for days.

Summer has now (sadly) passed but the joy and excitement that came with finding these word rocks remains. After continually talking about it, Noelle and I decided it was time to make our own word rocks and find a place to hide them for others to receive as much fun as we did finding them the first time. We collected rocks, painted and decorated them. One afternoon while Noelle had her friend Griffyn over we decided it was time to hide our word rocks. We are blessed to live on the side of a beautiful hill called Christmas Hill in Victoria, BC. We made our way through the trails and up towards the top of the hill, hiding rocks along the way. The girls had so much fun and I really felt like they were reflecting on what they were doing. I highly recommend this fun activity to everyone. It’s fun for kids and adults alike. You never know, someone could find one of your word rocks on a day that they were really struggling and needed a little bit of kindness in their lives. Positive messages have the ability to inspire, brighten your day and enact change. Here’s a local news story from this summer about word rocks here.

How to make word rocks


  • rocks
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • sharpie
  • decorative pens


  1. Wash all your rocks so that they are free of dirt and debris. Allow to dry.
  2. Apply a layer of paint to one side of your rock. Allow paint to dry.
  3. Decorate rock using more paint, sharpies and decorative pens.

Are you looking for some ideas for words and phrases to use on your word rocks?  I assembled this great list of 200 positive words and sayings. Download the list here.

List of 200 positive words and phrases.

List of 200 positive words and phrases.

Hand painted word rocks.

Hand painted word rocks – hide and leave them for people to randomly find.


23 Comments on Word Rocks

  1. Victor
    November 11, 2015 at 5:01 PM (6 years ago)

    Love it.

    • Lucy
      March 5, 2018 at 9:24 AM (3 years ago)

      I love them too!! We are having a blizzard right now so no access to rocks from my yard but I promise to do these and leave them around town. 🙂

  2. SJ
    November 11, 2015 at 5:58 PM (6 years ago)

    You girls rock!!

  3. Carol
    November 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM (6 years ago)

    how wonderful! And your #wordrocks are beautiful! XOXO

  4. Jackie
    November 12, 2015 at 6:54 AM (6 years ago)

    What a lovely post!

  5. Renee Johns
    May 3, 2016 at 5:40 AM (5 years ago)

    I LoVe this!
    Where did you find the rocks? The rocks in the pictures look so perfect.

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM (5 years ago)

      Hi Renee, thanks for your comment. We live near the ocean and there’s many beaches nearby that have lots of these beautiful round rocks.

      ~ Jamey

  6. Karen Meyers
    July 11, 2016 at 8:32 AM (5 years ago)

    So I just returned home to Mississippi from a week long mission trip in Victoria BC and one day we went for a prayer walk at Willows Beach and I found what I guess is a Word Rock!! I was so excited!! It was face down and very smooth so I turned it over and it said “live simply love deeply”! I just saw this story and couldn’t believe it!! Thank you for making my day!! I’m considering doing this here in our beaches. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast no rocks here but we could randomly place them!! I can’t wait to share this with my friends!! Great idea!! I have a cool picture of it Id love to share I later gave the Rock to a friend! but we were all so excited for the find!

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 9:54 AM (5 years ago)

      Wow, that is absolutely amazing! Willow’s beach is such a beautiful spot, we go there often. Thanks for sharing your story!

      ~ Jamey

    • Lina C
      May 5, 2020 at 1:05 AM (1 year ago)

      I live in a town in the U.K. Found a decorated rock on a wall as I walked to the shops. I took it home. My daughter told me you are sup0posed to put it on someone else’s wall. It now makes the walk to the shops much more interesting.

  7. Desiree
    August 1, 2016 at 12:37 PM (5 years ago)

    Although this is almost a year old, it”s new too me! LOVE this idea, definitely going to do this, today and any time on family camp trips, great family project to SHARE, love, love love it!! Thank for the right inspiration and exactly the right time )squeeze(

  8. andrea
    August 9, 2016 at 2:03 AM (5 years ago)

    So lovely idea to hide them for people to find!

  9. Beth
    August 25, 2016 at 8:53 PM (5 years ago)

    I love your word rocks! What do you use to stipple on the letters? I bought a Sharpie oil based paint pen in white but it is not working out too good.

  10. paula b
    October 24, 2016 at 5:23 PM (5 years ago)

    love this idea
    our girl scout troop is headed to our local park to pick up litter and replace it with inspiring word rocks thank so much for sharing

  11. cindy
    November 28, 2016 at 4:19 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your great list of words/phrases!

  12. angie
    August 28, 2017 at 9:57 AM (4 years ago)

    I have tried several things to make the positive words larger so that I can read them, but to no success. Is there a special place or button to click to enlarge them to readable size? Thanks

  13. Rachel
    September 1, 2017 at 9:03 PM (4 years ago)

    I LOVE painting rocks!!!

  14. Kelly
    February 13, 2018 at 11:52 AM (3 years ago)

    I was wondering what type of acrylic paint did you use. It looks like it has a metallic sheen to it. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  15. Tracy
    July 9, 2018 at 7:08 AM (3 years ago)

    LOVE this idea and will go a step further and include statements like “Jesus Loves You!”. Thank you so much!

  16. Crystal Blackburn
    March 23, 2019 at 10:29 AM (2 years ago)

    The only thing is that its hard to read the 200 words. I have tried to enlarge it but gets pretty blurry. Any way of getting a clearer view of this list. I have used an ellis machine at school and made cut outs and would love to put the positive words on the cut out

  17. Erin
    March 26, 2019 at 10:08 AM (2 years ago)

    Is there a way to get a printable copy of the positive words and phrases sheet you show? I am doing kindness rocks as a project with my 5th and 6th graders and would love to be able to hand it out to give them ideas.

  18. Mark
    April 11, 2019 at 7:05 AM (2 years ago)

    Word rocks is such an amazing concept. I will definitely be taking this up and whenever my fiance and I go on one of our nature walks we will randomly leave a positive word rock somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Ken
    October 22, 2019 at 2:26 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you!! Word rocks can bring more positivity in this world.


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