Children crazy for SA Rocks

CREATIVE: Gia Reincke with two of her beautifully painted rocks which she was ready to hide in a local park.
CREATIVE: Gia Reincke with two of her beautifully painted rocks which she was ready to hide in a local park.

SA ROCKS is the latest craze getting local children away from screens and into nature.

The activity, which sees children paint, hide and find rocks decorated and hidden by others, made its way from interstate and now local children are getting creative with the initiative. 

Four-year-old Port Lincoln girl Gia Reincke said people could paint the rocks however they wanted.

“When you’ve finished (decorating the rocks) you have to spray them so your pictures and stuff don’t come off,” Gia said. 

Gia said people then hid the rocks in a park or playground for someone else to find.

The SA Rocks Facebook group keeps its more than 11,000 members up to date on where to find recently hidden rocks.

Gia’s mother Tara Reincke said the popularity of SA Rocks had definitely grown since school holidays started as rocks were getting harder to find.

Using an unpolished, clean, dry rock – natural river stones are recommended – children can decorate with acrylic paint and permanent markers.

The rocks then have to be sealed before being hidden.

The decorated rocks are then marked with ‘SA ROCKS’ and the postcode from where they came so those who find them can see how far they have traveled.

After finding hidden rocks, they can either be moved or kept, but those who keep what they find are asked to post to the Facebook group to let others know or paint their own rock to put in its place.

To find out more join the SA Rocks Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/SARocks/