10 things to do with conkers this Autumn

So we were having a lovely walk through the park the other day, leaves falling, children collecting conkers and everyone wrapped up in coats and my husband said to me 'why do children come out to collect bags and bags of conkers? it's pointless collecting so many'. Well......I obviously pointed out that other than the whole fun of being a kid and collecting conkers which is one of the many fun things to do in Autumn, there are actually lots of fun uses for them!

So I thought I would make a post of 10 things to do with conkers just to show him some of the many things kids get up to with them other than the usual conker fights! ;)

1) Conker Art!

Place a piece of paper on a tray and add dots of paint. We used red and yellow knowing it would make a lovely Autumn orange colour. Add two or three conkers to the tray and start moving the tray around so they roll in the paint creating a lovely work of art! You could teach mixing primary colours this way to the younger ones too! Here are our pics of this morning's Art work after DS11 and I took an early morning stroll through the park, time for a cuppa now! (see a quick video of this on our Instagram page! theworldistheirclassroom)

2) Make your own clay snails and pop a conker on its back as its shell!
3) Conker rolling! Have a conker rolling competition or even make it into a fun maths lesson and measure the distance of your roll!
4) Help with counting practice. Make strings with numbered tags, the younger ones can then thread the correct number of conkers onto that string.
5) Make conker necklaces! Threading conkers are great for those fine motor skills!!!
6) Paint small, simple pictures onto them such as a star, then use them as story stones to spark the kiddies' creative writing skills and get writing their Autumn stories or acrostic poems!
7) Use them for a weighing activity! Scoop them up and add them to the kiddies' weighing scales to make both sides balance. If you don't have a set of scales then make your own with a coat hanger and a yogurt pot tied to each side. This works quite well!!!
8) Make a nature table with other seeds and leaves, leave out nature books, identification cards and a magnifying glass too! We have the following tree id book and cards which show their seeds too!

9) Nature art! Collect leaves too and make a giant display on the ground. The kiddies could place all their conkers in a giant spiral other pattern.
10) Last idea is of course the good old conker fight by threading a conker on a string and battling it out with your opponent trying to break theirs in the process and finally winning their conkers! 

Now have fun colouring this conker sheet! https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100703472/conker-colouring-sheet.pdf?cb=ebddd6f96a1a42569fee5f9f5de04e65

Have fun collecting conkers and please add any activities you do with them in the comments section below!!!!

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