If your kids love collecting acorns, you’ll love these easy and fun ways to play with acorns, and you’ll feel better about all the acorns in your house when you discover why collecting things is so good for kids!
There are handfuls of acorns randomly deposited on tables and lined up on window sills. I have to remember to empty acorns out of pockets before clothes go into the washing machine and I once found a massive collection of acorns under my son’s pillow!
I’ve long since given up trying to stop infiltration of acorns into our house, as it seems my kids are all compelled to collect them. Luckily, collecting things is really good for kids, and there are lots of fun ways to play with all those acorns too.
What Kids Learn from Collecting Things
Whether it’s acorns, rocks, shells, sticks, stamps or something else, there are lots of benefits and opportunities to learn when kids collect things.
When kids are collecting they are developing and practicing skills such as counting, classification, organisation and decision making.
There is often lots of opportunities to develop language and social skills as kids negotiate trading items, talk about their awesome collection, and maybe connect with others who like collecting the same things.
Collecting natural materials has an added bonus of getting the kids outside, moving, and exploring. But even collections of store bought items have positives. Kids are learning to budget and make wise spending choices as they save their pocket money to buy the collectable items they desire.
You can encouraging collections by joining in with your kids, making sure you bring along a bag or container when you go somewhere so you are ready to collect, and providing a ‘treasure box’ for them to store their items in.
Sometimes a collection can get a little out of control. That’s when a conversation about being selective might be useful, and when you might look for ways to repurpose some of the collected items. In the case of our acorn collections, there are so many simple and fun ways to play with acorns and make that collection useful.
20 Fun Ways to Play with Acorns.
If your kids like collecting acorns as much as mine do, you might be wondering what on earth you can do with all those acorns???
Luckily there are lots and lots of easy and fun ways to play with acorns. From cute and clever crafts, to hands on learning activities, you’ll find lots of acorn activities to put your collection to good use.
Use a permanent marker to add faces and make acorn people for imaginative play.
Make a gorgeous whimsical acorn bell – from Fireflies and Mudpies
Try this acorn maths game with printables – from The Educators Spin on It.
Use your acorns for this acorn ordering and sorting activity – from Rainy Day Mum.
Make an acorn alphabet sensory jar – from The Educators Spin on It.
Try this acorn counting and balancing game – from Learn With Play At Home.
Make some floating acorn cap candles – from The Gunny Sack.
Add some acorns to a Fall play dough invitation to play – from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Make these super cute acorn mice – from Kids’ Craft Room.
Play this great acorn throwing game – from Teach Me Mommy.
Make some acorn cap jewels, they are great for sorting and counting. Find out how to make them from KiwiCo.
Use the caps to make these gorgeous acorn marble necklaces – from Rhythms of Play.
Make an acorn bracelet – from Red Ted Art.
Make some acorn ninjas! – from Inspiration Laboratories.
Hide some acorns in this colourful fall sensory bin – from Powerful Mothering.
Make this adorable acorn squirrel – from Mama Instincts.
Try this fun roly-poly acorn painting activity – from Toddler at Play.
Make a happy acorn necklace to wear – from Whimsy Love.
These acorn candle holders would make lovely gifts – from Bounceback Parenting.
Try this felted pom pom acorn craft – from Adventures in a Box.
Do your kids like to collect stuff?
Have you got any more ideas for what we can do with all these acorns?