Sunday, March 6, 2011

treasure rocks

the children and i made treasure rocks. a simple, messy craft. the dough dries and truly does look like a real rock. stick a treasure inside (we chose a quarter), let it dry, give it to a friend to crack open with the message below (and the recipe). we made a dozen or so for eli's friends at barn school. 
the result.  
sister waiting patiently to put the quarter in.
let them dry. 
clean up the mess. 

treasure rocks recipe
1 cup flour (we used whole wheat. not because i was trying to make a healthy rock, it's just all i had)
1 cup used coffee grounds
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand (we stole this from the park. surely it's not truly stealing since my kids end up leaving the sand box with 1/4 cup of sand in each shoe anyways. right?)
1/4-1/2 cup water

mix all the dry ingredients together. slowly add the water to make a stiff dough; you might end up using only half the water. add it slowly or your dough will be too runny.

knead on a floured surface until fairly smooth. break the dough into desired rock sizes. hide toys and surprises in the center of the ball of dough. set in a safe place until totally dry. at least 3-4 days. 

break open the homemade rocks with a hammer to reveal the hidden treasure inside. 

makes approximately 10 rocks. 

story behind the treasure rock
it was march and the day was warm, cloudy with occasional light sprinkles. a perfect day for pulling those stubborn weeds out of the garden. while working in the garden, i noticed a rainbow, it ended behind the barn. 

i remembered the legend of old, how if you follow the rainbow you will find a pot of gold where it ends. the leprechauns are in charge of all this magic and are known for their mischievous ways. but full of hope, i grabbed my shovel and headed for the barn. 

there under an old oak tree sat a leprechaun on a big pot of rocks. laughing he said, "enjoy your treasure," and he vanished. to say the least, i was disappointed. taking my shovel in angry frustration, i hit the pile of rocks and one broke open. wait, what was that? it glittered and sparkled in the sunlight. a surprise! 

i am sharing my treasure with you. see what the leprechaun hid in your rock. 

happy st. patrick's day!

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