Conker season is upon us! If you haven’t already built up a good stash over the last few weeks, there are plenty of places below that are often recommended as conker hot spots, along with 10 tips for fun activities once you get your conkers home!
Where to look for conkers in & around Gateshead
Saltwell Park ‘between the Japanese garden and the towers.’
Gibside ‘the trees around the shop.’
Thornley Woods, Rowlands Gill.
Dunston Hill ‘in the woods behind the leisure centre.’
Eslington Park, Teams.
Cross Lane Meadows Nature Reserve, Swalwell, or ‘near the Whickham Thornes carpark.’
Newcastle & North Tyneside
Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend
Jesmond Dene ‘at the back end near the stepping stones, around Armstrong Bridge, or outside of Jesmond Dene near Mathew Bank & Jesmond Dene Road’.
South Tyneside & Sunderland
Hill Park Road, Jarrow
Charlie’s Park, Jarrow
Princess Anne Park, Washington
Barnes Park, Sunderland
Durham riverside ‘between Bath’s Bridge and Prince Bishop’s.
Hopefully you’ve managed to find a decent crop of conkers. Here’s a few fun ideas for what to do with them…
Guest Blog from Anna – North Leeds Mumbler 10 Fun Activities with Conkers!
1. Play the traditional game of conkers we all remember from our childhood!
2. Make a conker snake or caterpillar. As well as been great fun these are also a great way of helping children with their number bonds to 10 as they can move the conkers up and down on the string.
Either skewer or drill a hole in the conkers, children can then use their fine motor skills threading the conkers on the string. One thing to note conkers are hard to stick things to so I would recommend the eyes that have peel back stickers or super glue.
3. Practice counting with conkers. We got out the numicon and the eldest mini mumbler helped the youngest with his number practice. They also sorted the conkers into a line from the smallest to largest and the eldest practised counting in 2s and 5s with conkers. They both had great fun with the conkers and didn’t realise it had an underlying maths focus!
4. Paint with conkers. This is a bit like marble painting but with conkers! We got a baking tray put a sheet of paper in the bottom squirted different colours of paint in the tray and rolled the conkers around to make pretty conker pictures!
5. Conker games. Why not add a bit of fun into some traditional games with the use of conkers. e.g. Conker & Spoon race, Conker Boules, place an object like a large stone and see who can get their conker the closest.
6. Conker puppet family. Act out one of your favourite stories with conker puppets.
7. Conker decorating. In the case of my two, decorating conkers was like decorating eggs at Easter – see how much glitter they can get on the conkers and themselves!!! There are lots of ways to decorate conkers and suitable for all ages, you could also try conker printing with flat conkers.