A few days ago a photo popped into my feed of little Finlay, three years ago – aged three, happy and bursting with pride with a pocket chockablock full of conkers. His little face was beaming with excitement. I remember that moment vividly. I don’t know if I would remember it so well if there hadn’t been a photo of the moment, that’s the funny thing about memories. But as I watched 6 year old Finlay on our way to school this morning, I realised that not much has changed. He was still trying to cram as many conkers into his pocket as possible. He is still as happy as ever if he has a pocketful of conkers as are all of our children at the moment. I wonder when that phase ends?!
But although a pocketful of conkers does make the most delightful photo it does get a little tedious finding them all over the house and so if, like us you have so many conkers in your house that you no idea what to do with them – here a few ideas………..
5 Things to do with Conkers this Autumn
- Make Conker Hedgehogs – Use cocktail sticks to make the spikes (you may first have to make holes with a skewer before children can add the cocktail sticks) and then use a chalk pen to draw on the eyes.
- Make Nature Art Work – This is an idea from my mum who made nature pictures with Orla and then the older ones wanted to make some too. Make Nature people out of anything you find on an outdoor Autumn stroll.
- Play noughts and crosses – Use a chalk pen (I like the Posca Pens) to draw noughts and crosses onto the conkers!
- Build a Tower – Using play doh and cocktail sticks, put children in teams to see who can build the highest cocktail stick tower.
- Make a Conker Bracelet – Children can practise their threading skills by making conker jewellery. You need hard, thick waxy string or wax thread, otherwise it is too tricky for little hands.Happy Autumn everyone! Here’s to wrapping up warm, hot chocolate after a woodland walk and cosying up watching Strictly in Blankets – that’s what we’re looking forward to round here!
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