IF you go down to the woods this half term, you may find a colourful surprise.

As hidden among the trees and leaves, a number of families and dog walkers have been finding painted pebbles as part of a project to spread a little happiness.

The Pebbleart project started in Morecambe by a woman called Jacky Burns with participants encouraged to paint a rock, write Pebbleart on the back and then hide it in the hope of making a stranger smile when they find it.

The original Pebbleart Facebook group now has more than 8,000 members and has resulted in local Facebook groups being set up across the country over the past couple of months.

The pages adds: "This activity is cheap, family orientated, motivational, teaches kindness, giving and receiving and enjoying the outdoors as well as being creative. Beware it also very addictive.

"Enjoy you rock hunting and know you are spreading a little kindness on the way."

How does it work?

Find a rock/pebble, paint it and then hide it for someone to find.

If you’re lucky enough to find one, you could either keep it or rehide it for someone else to find.

Members are encouraged to post pictures of the pebbles they have painted or found on Facebook to inspire others.

What should I use?

Acrylic paints are recommended but permanent pens works too.

When it's dry, seal it with varnish or PVA glue or even nail varnish to stop the colours running. 

Having trouble finding rocks?

They can also be bought from the pound shop, garden centres and hobby shops.

Remember to write on the back, if there is room, 'Keep or rehide me, Facebook Pebbleart'.

Where should I hide it?

That’s up to you but bascially anywhere where it is safe to do so whether that's on a park bench, during a day trip, at the bus stop, somewhere in the office or on your own garden wall.

Have you given Pebbleart a try?

Let us know in the comments below.