Craft Ideas For Kids - Conker Fun
Forest floors and park paths are covered in crafting treasures during autumn. Perhaps the most exciting of all to collect are conkers. It can get a little competitive in our family trying to find the largest, smallest, shiniest or oddest shape.
Here are some of our favourite conker crafts:
Conker Spider Weaving
Conker spider webs are a great way to introduce weaving skills and helps young children develop fine motor skills. My son started making them when he was only three.
You will need: conkers, yarn, BBQ skewers or cocktail sticks, hole boring tool
Create 8 holes using your boring tool.
Start to stick in your BBQ skewers or cocktail sticks.
It creates a beautiful star which you can cut down if you would like to make a smaller weaving.
Tie yarn to one of the sticks and start to wrap it around the next stick, then continue to the next.
Yarn goes over and around.
When you are ready to use another colour, tie a knot and cut.
Tie your new colour on and weave over and under, as you did before.
Use as many colours as you like.
When you are happy with your weaving, tie a knot and cut.
Our finished conker spider webs.
Conker Pull-Along Dragon
Make your little one a great little pull-along toy they will enjoy taking out for a stroll.
You will need: approximately 56 conkers, twine/rope, large knitting needle, hole boring tool and a conker/wood holder.
Using a boring tool, pierce all the conkers.
Tie a knot at one end and start to thread your conkers, starting with the smallest.
Make a loop for the head and tie.
Create legs by knotting the twine and thread 3 conkers. Knot these above approximately 7 conkers; thread three more conkers and knot. Repeat the process 3 more times. When finished tie twine at the centre of your loop/head to pull along the finished dragon.
Our favourite creative and imaginative activity is to invent animals and creatures from things we have found on our walk.
You will need: conkers, seeds, nuts, dried twigs, cocktail sticks, boring tool and wood/conker holder.
Make holes using a boring tool. Small children can manage this in a safer way with a conker holder. Use cocktail sticks to connect one or more of your conkers, acorns, seeds etc together.
These are some of our creations.