It is conker time! Every September my charges seem to collet every conker that they see and we end up with baskets full of them. I managed to syphon some off and use them in my conker eyeball sensory tray for part of our Halloween activities.
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To make your own conker eyeball sensory tray you will need:
- Acrylic paint
- Farfalle pasta
- Spoons and containers
Start by getting your rice and pasta all ready. To dye the rice, simply put the rice in a container with the paint colour of your choice, seal it tightly, and shake it until all rice is evenly covered. Then place it on a tray to dry. I made three batches.
For the Farfalle pasta I tried the same technique as the rice, but it didn’t work out quite so well. In the end I had to individually paint each one. That is just me being a perfectionist though.
Making the conker eyeballs does take some time. It is perfect to do in the evening while watching TV. I was doing mine while trying to watch a Korean period drama, not the best thing as I kept missing the subtitles.
Give each conker a couple of base layers of white paint. Acrylic paint works best for this as it sticks better. Make sure you let each coat of paint completely dry before adding the next layer. Then paint your irises and pupils on. On some of them I added some veins.
When the rice, pasta, and conkers are completely dry add them to a large and deep tray with some spoons and containers.
I also added a black light because I did one batch of rice with glow in the dark paint.
BB really loved searching through the conker eyeball sensory tray with the black light torch. He found it fascinating that there were flecks of white dots on everything.
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