This week we went to a beautiful local park where there are these huge old horse chestnut trees. I love these trees in autumn as they produce and release the famous conker. The tree that we went to had hundreds of conkers scattered on the ground.


My children loved picking them up especially the ones which were still in their casing. There is something very special when opening up a conker case and seeing that shining seed sitting inside. We even planted several around the park as we didn’t want to take them and not help the future of the Horse Chestnut tree.


I wanted to do some fun activities with the conkers that we had collected. This is one of several activities that I ill be posting about this week. Conker rolling art is now our favourite craft to do. Both my 4 year old and 1 year old enjoy this activity and the results are wonderful.

We used autumn coloured paints to fit in with our autumn themed craft week.


List of equipment needed:

Conkers (cleaned and dried)

Plain paper

A tub that fits the A4 paper

multi-coloured paint



Place a piece of paper in the bottom of the tub.


Dip each conker in each colour of paint.

Then move the tub about to encourage the conkers to roll all around the paper.


Once finished you can wash the conkers and use them again.



20 thoughts on “Conker Roll and Paint

    1. The council will probably take down any of the trees growing in the wrong place but we thought we would give it a go and try to help the trees of the future.

  1. That looks so fun! It’s really odd, but I don’t actually remember going out looking for conkers at all when I was small. I must have done at one point, but I totally forgot that conkers even have a shell! Haha!

    These ones look brilliantly shiny. Might have to have a go at this myself! 😛


    1. Haha my partner said the same thing! He never went out as a child and collected and only realised the other day that they had a casing. He loved collecting them with our children.

  2. We did this exact same activity the other day! It was so much fun! I love collecting conkers, though am struggling to know what to do with the hoards my children bring home. I love the idea of plnting some in the park – maybe we will try that 🙂 #ChasingNature

    1. Aww yes we loved planting them. Maybe plant them in a park that doesn’t have Horse Chestnut trees. Come back next week as I have a great post on conker craft coming up.

  3. This is a really easy Autumn craft, and one that I could definitely do with my toddler. We haven’t been out to collect conkers yet, but it’s on our Autumn Bucket List!

  4. What a brilliant idea! I too love opening up that wonderful spikey case to find a soft and smooth little treasure. How poetic of me, haha!
    The pictures remind me almost of the marbled ink paintings that we did as children.

  5. Great idea – we are currently using our conkers to dissuade those eight legged beasts but I think we might need to give this a go! #EatSleepBlogRT

  6. What a great craft idea! My little one is massively into arts and crafts and we picked up our first stash of conkers last week so we’ll definitely be trying this out! I love that you planted a few too for the future 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  7. This a brilliant idea!!! I love it. So simple and so effective. How old is your one year old? Mine is 15 months and he takes no interest in paint whatsoever. Other than to eat it!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    1. My daughter is 18 months. She loves getting messy and loved this activity. But she also watches her brother and does whatever he does. If my son was her age he wouldn’t have been too interested but each child is very different.

  8. I have a bag full of conkers sitting at my front door, and I’ve been wondering what to do with them. I think my 2yo would love having a bash at this! #FamilyFun

  9. Yet another fab activity to do with the kids, these are really inspired. So much so I think I need to make a Pinterest board to store them. Thanks to this post we are going to go looking for conkers tomorrow! Thank you. Thanks again for sharing at #FamilyFun xx

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