A scavenger hunt for hand-painted rocks in Lakemoor is holding some young children and grownups hectic whilst companies and faculties are shut for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Individuals say portray the rocks offers them a little something to do in the course of the statewide shelter-in-location purchase. Hiding and then wanting for rocks gets men and women outdoors, as well — anything Gov. J.B. Pritzker has encouraged folks to do as lengthy as they stay at the very least 6 feet aside from other folks and clean their palms extensively.
“It is excellent way to retain occupied … and also to get some workout by strolling in the course of the community,” Lakemoor resident and rock hunter Kim Carpenter mentioned.
Resident Tisha Eisenmenger launched the exercise, which she’s dubbed “Lakemoor Rocks.”
She and her 3 kids — 8-year-outdated Olivia, 6-calendar year-previous Ella and 2-yr-aged Finley — begun portray and hiding rocks March 16. That was the 1st day lessons in Huge Hollow Elementary District 38 have been canceled mainly because of the pandemic.
They decorated the initial rocks with positive messages this kind of as “Be Variety” and “Be Content.”
“(We required) to make folks smile when they are outdoors strolling all over for the duration of this pandemic,” Eisenmenger said.
Participation swiftly grew. As of Thursday, more than 120 individuals belong to a Facebook group focused to the exertion. Members submit pics of rocks they’ve painted and the kinds they’ve found.
“This has encouraged a lot more and a lot more individuals to participate and (to) invite other folks to get involved although social distancing,” Eisenmenger explained.
In addition to messages, rock layouts have included fish, cartoon figures, flowers, birds and even athletics crew logos.
“So much (we’ve discovered) a penguin, a ladybug, just one that says SOX, an abstract rainbow sample, a glittery bug, a frog sticking its tongue out, and 1 that I think is a bear,” claimed resident Allison Atteberry, who’s been looking for rocks with her husband and little ones.
Atteberry mentioned she enjoys things to do that support persons get to know their neighbors and promote group spirit,
“Even if we weren’t in social distancing method, this would be a wonderful way to welcome the spring,” she reported.
Eisenmenger cautioned people today to correctly wash their arms just after touching any painted rocks. She also mentioned individuals shouldn’t maintain located rocks unless of course they disinfect them to protect against spreading germs.
Persons who are sick should not participate, Eisenmenger explained.