Autumn painting: roly-poly acorn art

Here’s a fun autumn painting idea: ever tried making roly-poly pictures with acorns and horse chestnuts?

Gorgeous autumn art!

Autumn painting: acorns and horse chestnut art

Our art this week was inspired by a question from Jo , who tweeted me asking for suggestions for acorn crafts for her Woodcraft Folk group. The idea of painting with them popped into my mind. We’ve tried this before with marbles – but why not give it an autumn spin and use conkers or acorns instead?autumn painting

Jo tried this with her two- and three-year olds and they loved it  – and so did we!
autumn painting

Autumn painting with conkers and acorns

You can do this two ways: by giving each child their own piece of paper to make their own individual masterpiece, or by using a huge piece of paper and having a group work together as a team project.

Either way, it’s a good idea to place your paper in something which has some edges to catch the conkers as they roll around – you could try a plate, baking tin, lid from a box, or even an old paddling pool. This bit isn’t essential and if your kids love getting messy they could sit around the paper and catch the conkers in their hands and roll them to each other. It depends how messy you want this to be!
fall painting
Place blobs of paint around your paper – we used autumnal colours of red, orange, yellow and gold. Add the conkers and acorns and get rolling. As they’re not a perfect sphere the conkers won’t roll as smoothly as marbles but you can jiggle and shake to get them moving.

Once your conker paintings are dry you can transform them into another art project too.

– use them to decorate thanksgiving cards

– make them into number shapes and create an autumn number line

– cut out leaf shapes and make a autumn tree collage

More autumn activities

You can see our archive of autumn activities here.

Complete art lesson plans, exploring great artists


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>