We have spent a lot of time collecting conkers over the last few weeks. There are not many conker trees around Chislehurst (in fact we have only found three), but they were all very fruitful, and we pass two of them up to four times a day, so you can imagine what we have ended up with. We have had to stop every time we passed ‘just to check’. At one point the hunt got very serious:
Thankfully, all of the conkers now seem to have been collected as I don’t think our house could have taken anymore, and, despite the fact that I would not let A and E take every single one they saw every day, we have still ended up with quite a haul. So I have been wondering what to do with them all before I set them free once again.
The first activity I instantly thought of was conker painting (like marble painting, but using conkers instead). I thought about doing the painting with autumn colours, but then changed my mind and decide to paint onto black card instead to make the result look like fireworks (potentially; I had no idea whether this would work, or what the end result might be).
For this we used:
Black card, blue tack, conkers, a baking tray, and a range of paints, glitter and/or sequins (optional).
I used the blue tack to stick the card to the baking tray, and then added a few blobs of colourful paint around the card:
After this it was time to roll the conkers!
Initially I had thought that this might be quite a clean activity, but both children managed to make a little mess! E got a blob of paint on his finger (shock horror):
Though it may have had something to do with the fact that he preferred to roll the conkers with his fingers, rather than by tipping/shaking the tray:
And after a few goes, A preferred just to make a mess:
Once they had had enough of painting we sprinkled on a little glitter and some star sequins and left them to dry. I thought the results were wonderful (annoyingly the yellow paint dried almost white, but I think it still looks good):
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