We were invited to take part in an Autumn Challenge from the Forestry Commission to create some crafty creations using forest fruits ie the seeds such as conkers, helicopters, pine cones and acorns that our forest floors are currently full of. After a visit to our fantastic forestry commission forest at Sherwood Pines there was only one seed for us – pine cones of course!
You can see the squirrels have been munching on the pine cones as many are gnarled and gnawed but we managed to find a bag full and some golden leaves to take home for crafting. It was great fun spotting the signs of autumn and teaching the boys about the changing seasons.
The Forestry Commission Imagination Survey 2013, involving 2,000 parents of school-aged children showed 53 per cent of parents believe modern day children have little understanding of the basic aspects of British nature. For example 65 per cent think that modern-day children would be unable to name different species of plants and trees or recognise common insects. As a result, the Forestry Commission is encouraging families to use autumn as an opportunity to get out, explore the forests and learn about the changing seasons through simple, fun activities.
There are countless crafty things to do with Pine Cones!
We wrapped pipecleaners around to give them legs, used leaves as headscarfs or as wings, painted them with the colours of nature, added a little bit of bling and some googly eyes to create some little woodland monsters. I feel like giving them names and making a story about them like they did at Bewilderwood!
It is so much fun crafting with nature and we love the little creatures that we made with pine cones.
So, what are you waiting for!? Check out the Forestry commission’s website for more inspiration.