We created this project with the help of our mum and we hope it makes you smile!
We’ve been in lockdown for a REALLY long time, so we decided to do something special for our neighbours. We thought it would be fun to make everyone a pet rock and hide it in their garden.
Lockdown has been challenging! One of the biggest tests has been keeping the kids engaged with the outside world. It’s important for them to feel connected to their community, consider the experiences of other community members and find ways to be a helper.
“Let’s make 10 pet rocks” they said
LET’S MAKE 600!
Mum got 30kg of rocks from Bunnings and some Sharpies. We used our own acrylic paints, brushes and Mod Podge (to seal the rocks)
It took us 3 weeks to paint, draw and seal all the pet rocks. We worked on them for an hour each day after our online classroom meetings.
Some days it was too cold and rainy to paint outside. Mum took this sneaky video of us painting rocks in the garage. Turn up the sound!
Once all the pet rocks were ready for their new homes, we realised that delivering them might not be as easy as we thought. We are allowed one hour of excersize each day outside our home and rocks are heavy!
We knew that people might not look for their pet rock if they didn’t know it was there. They also needed to know that the rock was a gift (not accidently left there!)
Mum printed out maps of Keilor Downs so we could count out the 609 houses closest to us. We figured out how many rocks we could carry, how far we could walk and get home within an hour, then we drew paths on the map that we would take each day. We kept a record of how many rocks we delivered each day so we could update our blog.
We created a note to put in everyones letterbox. Four notes fit on a A4 page, but meant we would need 152 copies. Luckily, our grandmother could help. Nanny Wendy printed them for us and sent them all the way down from Maitland in New South Wales. She included lots of fun gifts and games in the box because she is the best!
We really love art and craft, so it was fun painting the rocks and giving each one their own personality
We practised map reading and using maths to find solutions
We learned how to edit photos
We learned about blog writing, QR codes and how to edit blocks in wordpress
We learned that making other people smile makes our hearts happy!
I’m really proud of Lily and Pepper for their initiative and dedication.
Throughout this project, we’ve had some really beautiful conversations about the importance of community and family, what it means to be a part of them and what happens when you are not.
We came to the conclusion that, while we don’t know everyone or what they are experiencing during lockdown, we do know that everyone should have a reason to smile and we can do something to help with that.
I hope everyone who receives a pet rock really enjoys the gift from my kids
If you are reading this blog and didn’t receive a pet rock, thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We wish we could make pet rocks for everyone but we also have to do other things
Lily and Pepper, waking up this morning and receiving your little note brought the biggest smile to both mine and my mum’s face. Being stuck at home has definitely had its difficulties, but finding little ‘Monty’ in our backyard brought a lot of joy in a tough situation. You two are amazing ❤️
Thank you so much for our pet rock! We had lots of fun looking for it. We have named it Twinkle!
Thanks for the pet rock. We were quite surprised it put a smile on our faces. And it started a conversation in the house. We welcome Piedro in our family.
Thanks so much Lily and Pepper! Me and my brother named our pet rock “Rudolph”. I think its really amazing and kind what you’s and your mum has done for keilor downs! ❤️
Recently we’ve been wandering around our neighbourhood noticing colourful Little Rock people dotted around some front yards. Now part of our walks is to see how many kindness rocks we can spot. Thank you so much brightening our day! We’ve named our pet rock Mooshie Owl. You girls rock! 💖
Thanks, Lily & Pepper! You brought a smile to my face. I've always wanted a cat! I named my pet rock 'Rocco'!
Thank you so much Lily and Pepper! It is such a kind and thoughtful gesture and I’m sure all of Keilor Downs is happy to receive a pet rock! I have decided to name mine Susie🥰
Thank you beautiful girls. You’re beautiful nature is a testimony of your upbringing. I am an essential worker, I can’t stay home. I’m very fortunate to be working throughout this challenging time. Your rock makes me smile on my way out to work and on my way in from a very long day at work.
What a beautiful surprise to find when checking the mailbox! You should be very proud of yourselves for spreading happiness during lockdown! ☺️
I read about this in the newspaper today and recognised your mums name! I was so happy to come home and find a pet rock near my letterbox. Your mum was always so kind when we visited her shop. She'd always sit on the floor with my daughter and tell us stories about fairies and magic, my daughter still talks about it and I was sad when I heard the shop closed. What a beautiful family. Our rock is called Bunny.
Thank you Lilly & Pepper for bring joy to our home during lockdown, you put a smile on all our faces, we are a house full of adults and it created a fun and positive family discussion at dinner time on what name our new addition to the family, we have decided to name our new pet rock ... NUGGET!❤️
I am not surprised Lily and Pepper that you have used your kindness in a way to show others that you are thinking of them. I absolutely love what you have done during such a challenging time. Please know that you have touched my heart.
Our dad was mowing the front yard and he saw a rock with a pink note and I’m so happy that I got a free rock :)))
Wow Lilly & Pepper what a wonderful thing you have done!! We found our rock on top of our letterbox and what a surprise it was! Thank you for thinking of us and for your creative idea of spreading cheer to everyone in our neighbourhood. A big thanks to your thoughtful mum for helping you 😘
When we got out of the car and saw the cute Little Rock, I was so excited to pick it up and my first thought was of some child spreading joy to others and how much that meant to them. Thank you so much for what you have done. Her name is Sally Stoner
Thank you so much! Got home and noticed a little piece of paper peeping through the mailbox so went to check what it was. Turned out to be your amazing note! Read it and even though it was dark I had to start looking for it. Found little Max hanging out next to a few of hismates (rocks) in the yard.
Thank you for making my whole family smile today, it is a very sweet and kind thing you are doing. We named our rock Frederick the lucky rock.
Thank you for our pet rock!! I loved finding it and I think she’s super pretty 😍 Hope you have fun making some more and it definitely put a smile on our face, keep up the awesome work!! 💫 Love Sarah 💗
Hi. I'm Amelia and I am 6. We got the note in our letterbox and it was dark . My bother and I got up super early the next morning and surprised mum by getting dressed all on our own! We went searching before our school lessons and we found our precious little rock we named Benny. Thank you .
Thank you so much for doing this! I saw your great initiative on a friends social media and had my fingers crossed I would get one too! Mum (Sharon) and I (Taylor) have named our girl Ella the Rock, because she’s el’ of a rock 😉 Keep up the great work, you are brightening many peoples lives ♥️
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Thank you so much girls, I love the initiative you have and incentive of this project! (Reminds me of when I was young, making creative things) Spreading love is just beautiful! I will share this as far as I can! Is there a social media page? I think I'll name mine Shirley 🙂
WOW! That is awesome girls! Keep up the great work, you are doing an amazing job of showing kindness.
hi, i love this Our man Darryl arrived on Tuesday and was welcomed into our our home with giggles and love. Check out Instrgam r3d_vamp to follow Darryl on his new adventures.
Well done girls!!! You certainly brightened our day. Wishing you both many success in everything you set your heart and mind on. Hani & Family
Thankyou so much for our pet rock! He is beautiful! What a lovely surprise to come home to after an afternoon walk. I (Gemma) am a teacher and can’t wait to show my Grade 5s my beautiful Little Rock! We’ve decided to name him Roger! Thankyou again 💕🥰
Thank you for our pet rock, we have decided to name ours Petal. We had lots of fun finding our rock today! Thank you 🙂
Thankyou so much for your thoughtful gesture. I was feeling sad and your beautifully painted rock made me feel better. I called it “ sunshine”.
Thank you, we have named it Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson. I had lots of fun finding the rock it made my day even better! Xxx thanks
This is just the sweetest! And truely made our day, well done girls you’ve done an amazing job. We’ve named our Little pink Rock Pebbles 💕 you should be really proud of the work you’ve done. Would’ve brought a lot of smiles to a lot of faces xx
This is just gorgeous to read and basically on our doorstep ♥️
Those are some powerful vocals, your singing is great! I named my new pet rock Burrito. Thank you so much. Finding the gift from you and reading about your project is the best thing thats happened in ages. Kindness rocks!
Wow girls, you amaze me with your talents. Great work. So very very proud of you. Xxx
Well done girls 🥰 your singing was awesome too
Well done girls and mum for your creativity, thoughtfulness and kindness, you should all be very proud of each other xxxx you would have made a lot of people in our community smile. Xxxx
What a surprise it was having this note in my mailbox. I had fun trying to find my new pet rock. I even helped the neighbours. Thank you so much for thinking of others Paige
Good job girls , I love all the hard work you’ve done . I also think it’s so beautiful to be so kind to spread happiness to everyone. Keep up the good work Xo
So proud of my nieces and sister in law what a great job yours are doing and putting smiles on peoples faces during this hard year sending lots of love your way xxoo
Make me some please xx
Sooo proud of you girls, what an amazing project! Spreading love and inspiration! A rock solid effort x ❤️
I'm so proud of you all xxooo we've been watching from Qld sending big hugs and thanks for the joy you've given us. we're so lucky to be your cousins xxoo
Precious thing from precious people and glad to know your thinking of others while filling in your time in lockdown. Love it!
I am very proud of what you have achieved. I am a friend of nannies and mum from Newcastle excellent work girls
Lily and Pepper you have certainly made our day. Such a great idea especially during lockdown. It has definitely been difficult but you made a not ideal situation into a positive and brought a smile to our faces. We will be naming our pet rock Dolomite. From your neighbours at number 9.
Hello! Thank you for our pet rock! He is super cute!! We have named him TheRockStar ⭐️ What a wonderful thing you guys are doing x
Thanks guys! We are new to the area so it was a nice welcome gift. Our rock’s name is Rocky!
I am so very proud of my daughter and granddaughters for doing this project. I know the hours of fun and laughter that went into it. Kim, Lily and Pepper, you are all amazing and beautiful souls. I truly hope everyone who gets a pet rock loves them as much you have loved making them. Xxx
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