Weekly Activities - Conker Crafts
Book of the week
The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field.
Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and - ARGH! - right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now ...
To make the most of the last conkers of the season, we set about doing some conker crafts with the children. Some wanted to make caterpillars, whilst others made spiders or wreaths. We used either an electric or hand drill to make holes in the conkers and the children threaded their conkers either onto wire or pipe cleaners. Some added natural materials such as leaves and sticks to their creations.
We talked about the changing seasons, which trees conkers came from and looked at the spiky green shells that they came out of.
Aims and Objectives
Discuss the world around us including trees, conkers and the changing seasons
Help develop fine motor skills
Encourage the children to become creative and use their imagination
Explore natural materials
Develop hand-eye coordination
To coincide with the changing seasons, why not try making an autumn leaf kebab with your child. Simply provide skewers, remove the sharp end and allow children to collect leaves of all colour and pierce them on. Cook them up in your Mud Kitchen or Rustic Oven.