I am quite aware that not everyone gets to collect these wonderful nature finds that are “conkers” in Autumn. What a pity – I have strong childhood memories of crafting with conkers and acorns and other autumn nature finds and is something that I am passionate about spreading the joy for. Large parts of Europe do have conkers (also known as Chestnuts and of course Kastanien in German speaking countries) and I believe conkers are Buckeyes and found in only some parts of the US. So, for those of you, who have some… here is another little Chestnut Craft – Plasticine animals. We were totally inspired by the amazing Krokotak – who came up with the idea of combining chestnuts with Plasticine – making it much more manageable for small hands. And a wonderful contrast of textures. I showed the kids Krokatak’s mushrooms and of course they want to make those first. I like how they turned them into their own creations and then created more creatures!
Chesnut Animals Materials
- chestnuts/ Kastanien,
- Plastecine in a variety of colours and
- something sharp for poking holes
Aren’t they fun? I think that the pictures speak for themselves. We connected heads to bodies with toothpicks and then added detail with plasticine. Please note.. as both the conkers and the plastecine dries out, they may come apart. So this very much a “in the moment craft and activity”. Something to make and play with for a few days.. and then move on to make more!
Pip Squeak (4, nearly 5) made the hedgehog on the left, and the mushroom and ladybird on the right. Red Ted (6) made the mushroom person in the middle. I was impressed with his “fine mouth” and little eyes. I adore Pip Squeak’s attention to detail as she made little nostrils for the hedgehog and…
Oh.. and I also caught this cute shot of Pip Squeak photographing her work “for the Internet, Mummy”.
Love my budding Photographer! Check out her fab Chestnut Crafts photo!!!!!
Photo by: Pip Squeak aged 4 and 3/4
See our full set of Chestnut DIYs here:
Looking for more Nature Crafts for Autumn? Take a peak at these!