collectingseedsWe 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.

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8 Responses to Autumn Challenge: crafting with Forest Fruits

  1. These are brilliant! Must add to my list of autumn crafts to try with the boys 🙂 #MotivationalMonday

  2. Pinkoddy says:

    Do you know I bet my family is actually one of them. I really ought to get them out there more. Thanks for the inspiration. Today we went out and my youngest was so fascinated just to find orange berries, and his brother was petrified that his younger brother would get too close to the brambles.

  3. How rewarding to get out and collect natures treasures, then create some lovely art with them – what fun. Well done to the Forestry Commission for wanting to educate and enrich the children with knowledge of nature. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  4. Liz Burton says:

    Their creatures are fab!

    I think you totally should give them names :0)

  5. They are fab. I love how children can just play with something they collected. My boys spent two hours making imaginative play scenes from the things they collected on our walk

  6. Looks a great activity, well done on the super creatures x

  7. Kim Carberry says:

    Aww how fab!! I love Autumn..

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