Did you play conkers when you were a child?

We were fortunate to have giant Horse Chestnut trees in our back garden when I was growing up. They provided us with endless amounts of adventures – building gang huts and climbing, abundant treasure all year round and of-course – conkers in Autumn!

Last week, to my delight I found this fabulous old friend right in the heart of the city of Edinburgh.

Watch the video on how to make conkers:

A disconnection with nature and the outdoors

In the past conkers would be gathered by children across the country for schoolyard games, sadly this nature play has been banned from many schools, deemed too dangerous. (The first game of conkers was believed to have been recorded on the Isle of Wight in 1848).

Let’s bring conkers back!

Playing conkers is a wonderful way to introduce young children to the beauty and wonder of trees.


It still gives me a thrill to find the spiky green shells and open them up to find the treasure inside.


Today’s children are really missing out on something quite magical. If they don’t wish to play conkers they could string the conkers to make a necklace or create a sculpture using wire or use a single conker as a head for a stick person…the possibilities are endless.



If there are no conkers to be found – why not collect the fallen leaves and make leaf prints or leaf crowns or climb the friendly giant or simply give the tree a hug.




“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson

I do hope you and your children have the opportunity to play with nature this week. I promise you – you’ll feel happier, healthier and more creative!




Enjoy this enchanting, colourful season, love and peace Marghanita x

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