Pre-school conkers activities

September 4th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Pre-school conkers activities

It is nearly time to start collecting your conkers in and around Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford and having some preschool conker activities up your sleeve is vital. Simple autumn craft and activity ideas for toddlers can be great fun.  First, you can go out on a nature walk to collect leaves and conkers in the green space that abound around Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford. 

Out on your walk, you are likely to collect loads of conkers and there are several threading conkers activities to enjoy. One really easy fun activity is to turn your conker collection into a conker caterpillar.

You will need: lots of Conkers (it’s good to find an extra-large one for the head), then you need some pipe cleaners or string,  googly stick on eyes or an indelible pen, a skewer, some really strong glue.

It's best if the adult to make holes through the conkers using a metal skewer as they are quite solid, then set out the conkers with holes in them with some pipe cleaners and googly eyes. It might help to start the little ones off with the first conker but they should be able to manage the rest of the body by themselves with just a little help for the youngest when needed.

Once all the conkers are threaded on (you might want to use 10 so you can use them as a number line to help learn to count), make two little loops and poke the top of the pipe cleaner back down the hole. Use a glue gun or extra strong glue to secure the eyes and leave them to dry or use a pen to draw them on.

This sort of activity is fantastic fine motor skills activity trying to get the pipe cleaners through the small holes and back out the other end. You can count the conkers as you go and talk about the different sizes and where they came from including what fun it is to live in places like Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford.