Have you heard about kindness rocks? People create these beautiful stones and leave them in places around their community for people to find. Think of it as a nice pick me up for the day!
Now, Michaels craft stores has free classes for anyone interested in designing their own kindness rocks!
You can go to Michaels on Saturday, Aug. 19 or Saturday, Aug. 26 to paint rocks for free. You don’t need to sign up for these classes. Just drop in to your local Michaels store and you’ll find everything you need to make your masterpiece! Pick a rock, your favorite acrylic paint colors and get creative!
Michaels 1 Million Kindness Rock Challenge
In fact, the craft store recently kicked off its 1 Million Kindness Rocks Challenge to coincide with their sessions. The challenge’s goal? To spread kindness in the world one rock at a time, which hopefully will add up to a million new pieces of love and caring.
Simply follow three steps to participate in the challenge:
- Make your rock with fun/inspirational messages
- Snap a picture of your rock and share it with #MAKEKindnessRocks
- Leave the rock for someone to find or give it to someone
— Michaels Stores (@MichaelsStores) August 9, 2017
What Inspired The Kindness Rocks Project?
Michael’s teamed up with The Kindness Rocks Project for this campaign. The project has two simple goals:
- Inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way
- Recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.
Tonight's Feature is near and dear to me! Today @baylady738 and I visited the Junior Ranger campers at Sandy Neck Beach on Cape Cod, where it all began over 2 years ago on a cold, desolate winter day. Today, this project has grown into an amazing movement of many kind souls spreading love, peace and kindness across the globe 🌎 our children are the future, and these kids were so sweet, and caring and bright. They learned all about our ecosystem and how they can make a difference in this world👏🏻 a huge thank you to the SNK rangers for allowing me to be a part of this awesome initiative and to Leslie Hall for sharing her beautiful rocks with these kids, our future! #thekindnessrocksproject #makekindnessrocks
The Kindness Rock Project got its start in Cape Cod, Massachusetts by Megan Murphy. She shared the inspiration behind Kindness Rocks with Spectrum Magazine
“Living near the ocean, I walk the beach daily. The beach is where many go when they seek insight or a peaceful place to think. Losing my parents at a young age meant losing my advisers, my sounding board, and my role models. During difficult or stressful moments in my life, I found myself looking for ‘signs’ on my morning walk, such as a heart-shaped rock or a piece of sea glass. I perceived this ‘sign as a divine message or the random inspiration I needed to signify things would be okay.”
#sponsored I'm teaming up with @michaelsstores To spread the word about #thekindnessrocksproject… an initiative to help spread kindness one rock at a time! 💗🙌🏼 I have all the links and info to help you learn more about the project on the blog. Our goal is hit 1 million rocks this month. Share this with your friends and spread the love with us using this hashtag—>#MAKEkindnessrocks …I 🐝🍃in you! #makeitwithmichaels #michaelsmakers
Murphy thought perhaps other needed the same comfort. So, she started painting rocks she round and leaving them for others to find. As people found the motivational messages, they reached out to Murphy to share their gratitude. From there, a Facebook group came to life as well as a website.
Today, hundreds of local Kindness Rock groups exist around the world. People post pictures the rocks they create and where they place them. Others post the kindness rocks they find and share their excitement.
Some of today's photos shared with us! There's a ton of kindness being created. Just imagine the impact we are making together as a project! pic.twitter.com/6DFcvXjdPT
— kindnessrocksproject (@theKindnessrock) August 13, 2017