Kids across the Mid Coast region have immersed themselves into the activity of 'Rock Drops' during the NSW stay at home orders.
The idea of a rock drop is to design and paint your own rocks before leaving them around your area for others to find and keep or re-drop.
Rock drops have been around for quite some time but it has become a very popular activity for kids and families since the current public health orders have remained in place for NSW.
A Facebook page dedicated to rock drops in the Manning Great Lakes region remains active with close to 2000 members who post rock designs and the whereabouts of the drops daily.
On Monday August 30, local resident Hannah took to the Taree community noticeboard to show the painted rocks she and her young daughter created before dropping them off around parks in Taree.
"We made them to scatter around a local park to put a smile on some other little kids' faces during what is a confusing and difficult time for them," Hannah said.
"I didn't think it would bring so much interest from people so it was a bit surprising to have so many people 'like' the post."
Since then, many others have shared their rock findings on the Taree noticeboard and the Old Bar community page, with the areas they have dropped off the painted rocks.
Taree resident Loren and her son Kameryn were among the explorers who have found rock drops around the area recently.
"Finding the rocks made our day of course, we found a few more (and) we just kept smiling," Loren said.
Lockdown has no doubt been most difficult for younger children who are navigating learning from home structures.
While life at the park looks a little different now than prior to lockdown, the initiative allows kids and families to stay connected to others in their community.
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