There are loads of things for kids to find when going out on those Autumn walks. Conkers are a favourite of kids to collect – but what do you do with them all? Here are some ideas…
Autumn is the season for collecting.
It’s hard for kids to resist walking past a conker tree and not collecting the shiny bounty on the ground.
So what do you do with the conkers when you get home? We’ve come up with some ideas to make use of them.
1 Use conkers for practising counting
Can you count in 2, 5, 10’s, etc? For little ones, which are the biggest, smallest, shiniest? You could also make patterns, shapes, pictures from them.
2 Play that good old fashioned game of conkers
Just remember to play safely and keep away from eyes.
3 Paint and decorate them
We painted some then decorated them we shiny craft bits that we found at home.
This simple activity kept our youngest busy for a few hours!
We tried printing with them, which works best with flat conkers.
4 Fend off spiders
It is said that placing conkers around the house on windowsills keeps the spiders away. Not sure how true this is and not tried it, but maybe worth a go to keep the spiders at bay!
5 Kick a conker as you walk
Good when out walking to motivate tired little legs to keep walking that last little bit. Can you kick it all the way home? Back to the car? Or to wherever you are heading?
6 Make conker people
Use natural materials that are around this time of year to get crafty leaves, twigs, acorns to make Conker people or animals.
7 Play a game with them
Set a target, for example, a stone. Who can roll their conker the closest to the target wins!
8 Play catch
If you are outside, play catch with them. They are good for those catching skills! Maybe a little tricky for very little kids.
9 Make some jewellery
Drill two holes in them and thread some strings through and you have a bracelet or necklace.
10 Have a go at a conker and spoon race
It could be a simple race, or for older kids, make an obstacle course that they have to tackle as well!!
There are lots of things to do with conkers.
What do you like to do with them we would love to hear your ideas.
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