Conker rattle to make and play
Autumn time and there's a scramble to collect conkers - who'll get to them first? Squirrels or children? If you can find any left over, here's a little rattle to make.
What you need:
Conkers - we've used two but you can add more
Extra janglers - we've used these light, metal rivets
Stick for a handle
Embroidery needle with a big eye
Bradawl or phillips screwdriver (careful!)
Pierce a hole through each conker. A phillips screwdriver works well for boring a hole wide enough to thread the ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the hole using the needle. Tie a hefty enough knot on the ribbon end to prevent the ribbon from slipping back through.
Thread onto the ribbon any extra janglers you want to add. Secure the other ends of the ribbons to a strong stick to make a handle.
Shake or tap your rattle to an autumnal tune - we've adapted Ten green bottles (see Play rhymes: Five brown conkers).
Special thanks to The Hub, Yeovil and their wonderful scrapstore for supplying the ribbons and metal rings.