Make sure that the kids understand that they shouldn’t eat any horse-chestnuts, for they are toxic. Although not dangerous to touch, people can get sick from eating them. Make sure to carefully supervise the kids during these activities!
Here are a couple of easy ideas that you can use during your morning circles or even for your autumn science centre:
- Let them observe the conkers/horse chestnuts and their shells (be careful – they are spiky!) with different utensils (tweezers, scales, balance scales, magnifying glass) smell them, touch them;
- You can make graphs and ask the kids if they are smooth or rough, hard or soft, if they think the chestnuts will sink or float, etc.;
- Arrange the chestnuts by size, then stick numbers on them (according to their size);
- Hide the chestnuts around the classroom, then let the children look for them. When they find one they should try to tell you the number on it;
- Roll 1 die, pick up the chestnut with that number using scoopers and place it on a tray/in a cup;
- Roll two dice, choose the chestnuts that have those two numbers, then compare the two numbers;