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5 great alternative ideas for conkers

Are you absolutely bonkers about conkers? Of course you are, but they don’t just have to be used for conker wars, we’ve found a number of great alternative ideas!

1. Make an animal out of them

Not a real one of course, but you could create a snake by connecting all the conkers together with string, or you can get creative with plasticine and make yourself an elephant or lion. The possibilities are endless!

source: redtedart.com

source: redtedart.com

2. Painting by conkers

Get a bucket, put some conkers in it, cover them in paint and then roll them about on a piece of paper. It’s as simple as that and at the end of it you’ll be left with some stunning and colourful designs. And maybe you’ll be a bit messy!

source: theimaginationtree.com

source: theimaginationtree.com

3. Keep the spiders away

Legend claims that if you leave conkers around your house it will keep spiders away because of a chemical which makes them inedible. So if the creepy crawlies give you the frights then go collect some and try it out for yourself!

source: hypnogoria.blogspot.com

source: hypnogoria.blogspot.com

4. Make a conker necklace

Do you want to be ahead of the fashion game? Well look no further, this great tip will save you loads of money and you’re bound to look the part! Drill holes in the side of some conkers, then get the kids to thread some string through, tie the ends together and you’ve got your very own conker necklace.

source: pinterest.com

source: pinterest.com

5. Try and grow a tree

Conkers are actually just horse-chestnut tree seeds so if you pop one in the ground and make sure your little ones are patient with it (difficult I know) you could end up with a lovely tree growing in the garden.

source: plymouthherald.co.uk

source: plymouthherald.co.uk

What do you do with the conkers you collect? Or do you just prefer a good old-fashioned conker fight? Let us know in the comments below!

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