We have collected several conkers over the last few weeks. We have played counting games, made conker runs and yesterday we tried marbling with conkers with some great effects.

My favourite kind of crafts are ones that need minimal supervision, don’t require any unusual equipment and are fun for adults to do too.  Marbling with conkers ticks all these boxes. Hoorah.

Keep on reading to see how to create mini masterpieces using just paints and conkers and a few other craft basics.

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You will need:

  • Conkers
  • Shallow tray (baking tray or a lid of a plastic box will do nicely)
  • Paint (I love our Squeeze ‘n’ Brush paints by Galt)
  • Card

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Marbling with Conkers:

1. Lay a piece of card in the tray.

2. Place the conkers on the card. You can use as many as you like but we found three conkers was most effective. An obvious point but try to pick out the round conkers as the flat ones don’t roll.

3. Squeeze a dollop of paint onto each conker.

Marbling with conkers is super easy and fun for all ages | Crafts with conkers | The Parent Express

4. Then tilt the tray from side to side and back to front, allowing the conkers to run randomly across the page. For young children, you may need to show them how to do this initially but they will soon get the hang out it.

Marbling with conkers is super easy and fun for all ages | Crafts with conkers | The Parent Express

5. Then sit back and watch them create their own little masterpieces.

Marbling with conkers is super easy and fun for all ages | Crafts with conkers | The Parent Express

6. We ended up doing this several times as it was so much fun. Each time you end up with something different depending on the paint colour, the conker size and the ferocity of tilting.

Marbling with conkers is super easy and fun for all ages | Crafts with conkers | The Parent Express

This is what happens when you use a flat conker. A frustrated 5-year-old drags the conker across the card herself.

7. Once you have finished your marbling, then keep the conkers. They end up being a work of art themselves, all covered in paint.

Marbling with conkers is super easy and fun for all ages | Crafts with conkers | The Parent Express

This craft activity was a big hit with my children, so much so, that we have done this every day after school for the past week. This is a great activity for getting to grips with hand-eye coordination so it’s the perfect autumn craft for pre-schoolers through to adults. Even I was eager to get stuck in myself.

For other ideas of fun things to do this autumn then see my Top 10 Autumnal Activities.

Marbling with conkers is super easy and fun for all ages | Crafts with conkers | The Parent Express