A smile beamed across the boy’s face. Reaching down, he excitedly picked up a true ‘work of art’ - a small painted stone.
It was like finding treasure for three year-old Louis Sandy - who is one of many children hunting for colourful rocks hidden throughout the Sleaford area.
The craze has really taken off here recently - and sees participants painting rocks and hiding them for others to find. In-turn these are then re-hidden for more to discover.
Louis’ mum Cara Jade Sandy said: “Louis was so excited. He finds them all over and is always ecstatic when he does. He’s re-hidden this one in Holdingham.”
Many post their finds to Facebook groups which have sprung up to encourage the activity. One is ‘Sleaford Rocks’ - which was set up earlier this year by local Lizzie Potter.
Speaking to the Standard, she said: “I’ve seen painted rocks around for quite some time now and wanted to create a local group.
“It is great for the community and anything that encourages children to get out and about is a godsend nowadays.”
Writing on the group’s page, Lizzie describes rock painting as a ‘great activity for kids and big kids’.
“Some are veritable works of art,” she added.
Another Sleaford area group is ‘Greylees Rocks’ - with youngsters enjoying hunting out a variety of painted stones left all around the area - under benches, along footpaths - and even in trees.