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How to have fun painting pebbles

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If you've taken the children on a seaside holiday, chances are you have acquired a collection of pebbles. A good way to recapture that holiday fun, and fill a rainy afternoon, is to help your kids to paint them.
What you'll need: 
A varied selection of smooth pebbles
Child-friendly paints and brushes
Child-friendly clear varnish
1: 
First, the pebbles will need to be prepared for painting. This simply involves washing them, allowing them to dry, coating them in white paint and letting them dry again.
2: 
Tell the children to paint their background first: perhaps they want to create a seascape or maybe just a pretty pattern.
3: 
Once the background is dry,your little artists can add the detail with a fine brush: boats, fish, stars, hearts; the possibilities are endless.
4: 
When the paint has dried, each pebble can be brushed with a coat of varnish. This will ensure your children's creations will survive long enough to delight grandma.
Tips: 
Large stones make great paperweights.
Why not suggest a theme: space, animals or flowers, for example.
Warnings: 
Ensure all materials are child-friendly.

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