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What to do with this activity?

In Autumn, help your child to find a horse-chestnut tree and collect the shiny brown chestnuts (conkers) that pop out of prickly green shells. Show your child how the leaves of a horse-chestnut tree are very distinctive, forming 5-7 fingers. Collect as many conkers as you can, put them in a box and count them with your child.

Learn how to play the game of conkers. It is played by 2 people, each with a conker on a piece of string. You’ll need to put a hole in each conker. This should be done by an adult because it can be tricky. Thread some string through the conker and tie a knot.

Each player takes a turn hitting the other's conker with their own conker, until one of the conkers breaks. The player whose conker is not broken is the winner. It’s best played between children of the same age so stand back!  Check out these instructions from Wikihow for extra guidance.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.

    Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.

  • How can I do more?

    Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.

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