Hello. I'm so excited to be bringing you this post to let you know that you and your little uns are invited to play the biggest game of Finders Keepers there has probably ever been in the North East. If that wasn't exciting enough, it's also got the sweetest Random Act of Kindness feel to it and I think it will be a brilliant activity for any North East kids.
When you are out and about with the kids keep your eyes peeled, and you could be the lucky recipient of a Tyneside Rock, the painted rocks that are hidden around the North East. The idea came from the USA - you can read about it here, but the general gist is that it is a scavenger hunt meant to promote positivity and kindness.
To get involved head to Facebook and search for Tyneside Rocks or follow this link where you can request to join the group. The idea is to buy or collect rocks, decorate them and then hide them for others to find and brighten their day a little.
Don't worry about artistic talent, it's all about getting involved. There have been some brilliant suggestions in the group, and people have been so creative in thinking about how to decorate the stones to make people smile (I've seen animals, minions and even heard about one batch which are Harry Potter themed). On the back of the stone you put the name of the Facebook group so that the person who finds it can see what it is all about.
Both finding and decorating the stones would be a good way to pass one or two of the summer holiday afternoons, but then there is also the chance to go Tyneside Rock spotting. People in the group often post about the area they have hidden their stones, so if it's nearby it's such a sweet little activity that I know lots of kids would adore.
I absolutely love this idea. It's so simple, but has such a warm community feel about it. We will certainly be joining in, although I'm not promising much in terms of design, mind you on the other hand, I might get myself a little Sprog on the Tyne logo template, as you know I hate to miss out on the chance for a bit of self promotion.
Tyneside Rocks can be joined here, decorative stones are available from DIY shops or online for example these. Feel free to share your best painted stone creation, or photos of ones you have found on the Sprog on the Tyne Facebook page.
Huge thanks to the Tyneside Rocks Facebook group members who allowed me to share their photographs for this post.