We recently collected loads of conkers whilst out on a walk so I have been looking at different ways of using them. Whilst searching on Pinterest I came across several threading with conkers activities which I thought would be difficult but it turns out it was super easy.  So we had a go and turned them into conker caterpillars.


You will need:

  • Conkers (we used one large one for the head and the rest were smaller
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Skewer
  • Glue gun (or really strong glue)


1. Get an adult to make holes in the conkers using a metal skewer. It went through fairly easily and didn’t split them which I though might happen.


2. I then set out the conkers, some pipe cleaners and googly eyes and started off the first conker for both Little Tots and then they managed the rest themselves with a little help for the youngest when needed.


3. Use a glue gun or extra strong glue to secure the eyes and leave to dry – again an adult will need to do this part. We initally tried PVA glue but the eyes didn’t stay on.

4. Once all the conkers are threaded on (we used 10 so we could use them for number lines) I made two little loops and poked the top of the pipe cleaner back down the hole.


This was a fantastic fine motor skills activity trying to get the pipe cleaners through the small holes and back out the other end. We also counted them as we went and talked about the different sizes, making sure they each picked a large conker for the caterpillars head.

The two Little Tots (2 1/2 years and 4 years) both then played with their caterpillars once the eyes were dry, using our autumn sensory box to make homes for them. We still have quite a haul of conkers though so still looking for more things to do with them.

Have you got any conker activities you would like to share? I would love to know what you’ve used yours for.

conker caterpillars


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