Conker collecting

A recent report by the collectible toy company Sylvanian Families has shown that children’s knowledge of nature is dwindling. The research shows that their knowledge of basic facts is declining to worrying levels.

One in five (21 per cent) 25 to 30 year olds didn’t realise conkers fell from horse chestnut trees – instead believing they must fall from conker trees. Of course, there is no such thing as conker trees but over half (53 per cent) of 25 to 30 year olds thought they fell from conker trees, silver birch trees or even oak trees.

They say “Playing outside as a family has emotional and social benefits, as well as encouraging curiosity about the world around us.”

Here at Aston Childcare we are lucky to have lots of beautiful nature right on our doorstep for us to enjoy.

One of my fondest memories as a child was collecting bag upon bag of conkers with my Dad so I was excited when this week we went out conker collecting. We picked the conkers out of their fallen horse chestnuts and picked up some lovely horse chestnut leaves. We looked closely at the conkers the children collected, talking about their shape, colour and how they feel. We discussed where they came from and how they grew. Children proudly counted how many they had.

We have been looking for other signs of autumn when out and about and in the garden and talking about what we can see – especially the leaves changing colour and falling from the trees.

Back at home, we have a great book with sliding windows about the seasons which all the children love and that encourages them to chat about the changing seasons.

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