This morning we tried out another activity with the conkers collected on a recent walk. After doing lots of sorting, counting and playdough activities them last week we had a go at painting with them and tried our hands at conker marbling. The results were beautiful and the Little Tots enjoyed creating lots of paintings with each one different from the next.

 You will need:

  • Conkers
  • Paint (we used autumnal colours)
  • Paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Shallow tray or baking dish


How to make conker marble pictures:

1. Secure the paper in the tray by using a little bit of sticky tape in the corners.

2. Set out some different coloured paints (I let the Little Tots choose the colours) and put a conker in each one.


3. For younger children you may need to demonstrate first, taking the conker, putting it in the tray and tilting the tray from side to side.


They quickly got the hang of it leaving me to sit back and watch them create their own masterpieces. The conkers mixed the paint to create some beautiful marbled pictures and once they were satisfied we took out the paper and started again with a new piece.

This activity is great for working those fine motor skills picking up the little conkers as well as hand-eye coordination following the conkers up and down the trays.

Links to the EYFS:

This painting with conkers activity covers many areas of learning and development as set out in the EYFS. During play I was able to observe the following:

  • Communication & Language – Focussed attention, sitting still, following instructions.
  • Physical Development – Enjoys the sensory experience of making marks in damp sand, paste or paint, picking up small objects, hand-eye coordination.
  • Understanding the world – Talking about growth and decay over time (autumn).
  • Expressive arts and design – Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks. Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things.
  • Maths – Talking about patterns the conkers leave in the paint.

If you still have leftover conkers why not make these Conker Caterpillars or bake these Chocolate Conkers. Yum!

conker marbling

conker marbling

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