Have you come across any colourful stones whilst walking? If so, you’ve probably stumbled across the new world-wide craze that has families heading outdoors to play hide and seek with hand-painted rocks.

People across Hertfordshire have been searching for the painted rocks in parks and green spaces as part of a nation-wide treasure hunt.

Once hidden, photos and clues are posted on participating Facebook pages to help other families locate them. Hunters then re-hide the rocks somewhere else, and often make their own to add to the game.

Why are people hunting for painted rocks?

Herts rock hunters are part of a global social phenomenon which aims to spread a little joy and happiness. The activity also has the added bonus of encouraging kids to get crafty AND spend more time outside.

One of largest UK groups is called Love on the rocks uk (Painting Rocks ~ finding and hiding).Inspired by a popular US group, Love on the Rocks now has nearly 34,000 members, with dozens of painted rocks being found and hidden every day.

Other rock painting groups that are exclusively for Herts residents include Rockin out in Herts, St Albans Rocks UK, and Welwyn Garden City ‘Rocks’ #WGCRocks.

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How to add new rocks to the hunt

Getting involved in this new craze couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Paint a new rock with a design of your choice – the brighter it is, the easier it’ll be to spot. Remember to varnish it so the paint isn’t washed away.
  2. Hide it somewhere that’s accessible to people of all ages.
  3. Add a clue on one of the Facebook groups to help others find it. You should add the title of the group it’s intended for on the bottom of the rock and give it a name.
  4. Can’t find a group in your area? You could start your own and invite friends and local families to join in.

Although the Hertfordshire-based groups are still fairly small, the movement is quickly gathering momentum.

So if you love walking and need a fun reason to get the kids out of the house, these brightly coloured rocks could be the excuse you’ve been looking for – and you can even create a batch of your own.