This year we collected LOADS of conkers!! Beautiful as they look in a bowl I wanted to find a few things to do with them this year. If you are in the same position here’s a few ideas!
I created a sensory box for T to play with.
First I lined a box with brown and green felt and filled it with multi-coloured rice (uncooked rice died with a little food colouring) To give a woodland impression I added shiny leaves, beech nuts, e pine cones, acorns and conkers. The plan had been to add real leaves – a lot of rain meant soggy leaves putting a stop to that but I do like the effect of the sequin style leaves. T and I selected some woodland creatures from the puppet box and added these along with a couple of scoops and spoons.
T loved scooping and pouring, after a time she remembered the Gruffalo lives in the wood and went to get her cuddly Gruffalo to join the fun!
The next adventure was painting with conkers. Its similar to painting with marbles so you need to choose fairly round ones to make sure they roll. I placed the paper in the bottom of an old washing up bowl to try and contain the mess! We experimented with .how best to paint. T preferred to put a blob of paint on the paper and then roll the conkers around through it to create a pattern. Es a bit older and preferred covering the conker in paint and then rolling it around. Great fun and lovely results!
I gave the boys play dough, conkers and various play dough bits to create conker monsters!
And we created conker pencil toppers. This one uses a few craft bits we had but you could cut felt pieces to make a the creatures you want. The conkers were surprisingly easy to gauge out. I used a the tools from a pumpkin carving set to do these.
And we have prayed with conkers, played hunt the conker and even made drum sticks from conkers!!