10 Activities Children can do with Conkers this Autumn!
If you’re anything like our house, we now have a fruit bowl full of conkers waiting for something to be done with them!! Every walk home from school, consists of collecting conkers in the park so I know we’re just going to get more and they seem in plentiful supply this year! So what to do with them all, apart from gathering dust! Here’s some art and craft ideas!
10 ideas of things you can do with your conkers!
1. Play the traditional game of conkers we all remember from our childhood!
2. Make a conker snake or caterpillar. As well as been great fun these are also a great way of helping children with their number bonds to 10 as they can move the conkers up and down on the string.
Either skewer or drill a hole in the conkers, children can then use their fine motor skills threading the conkers on the string. One thing to note conkers are hard to stick things to so I would recommend the eyes that have peel back stickers or super glue.
3. Practice counting with conkers. We got out the numicon and mini mumbler did some number practice. He also sorted the conkers into a line from the smallest to largest. You can also practise counting in 2s and 5s with conkers. Conker counting is great fun and he didn’t realise it had an underlying maths focus!
4. Paint with conkers. This is a bit like marble painting but with conkers! We got a baking tray put a sheet of paper in the bottom squirted different colours of paint in the tray and rolled the conkers around to make pretty conker pictures!
Paint with conkers
5. Conker games. Why not add a bit of fun into some traditional games with the use of conkers. e.g. Conker & Spoon race, Conker Boules, place an object like a large stone and see who can get their conker the closest.
6. Conker puppet family. Act out one of your favourite stories with conker puppets.
7. Conker decorating. Get the glitter and paint out and make them colourful!!There are lots of ways to decorate conkers and suitable for all ages, you could also try conker printing with flat conkers.