Conkers, string, hand drill or spike.

Instructions: Get an adult to drill or punch a hole through the middle of a conker. The hole should be just wide enough to fit the string. It should go straight through the middle of the softer lighter colored section of the conker. Take a piece string approx 25cm long and tie a big knot in one end. Feed the string through the hole.

WARNING: You will get bruised knuckles playing conkers!

In Britain a conker is the seed of the Horse Chestnut tree. It can be collected in August and September. In other countries the same game is played but with different types of nuts/seeds.

See below the animation for instructions on how to play the game.


How To Play Conkers:

Each player has a conker hanging on its string. Players take turns at hitting their opponent's conker. If you are the one whose conker is to be hit first, let it hang down from the string which is wrapped round your hand. The conker is held at the height your opponent chooses and is held perfectly still.

Your opponent, the striker, wraps his conker string round his hand just like yours. He then takes his conker in the other hand and draws it back for the strike. Releasing the conker he swings it down by the string held in the other hand and tries to hit his opponents conker (yours) with it.

If he misses he is allowed up to two further goes.

If the strings tangle, the first player to call "strings" gets an extra shot.

If a player drops his conker, or it is knocked out of his hand the other player can shout 'stamps' and jump on it; but should its owner first cry 'no stamps' then the conker, hopefully, remains intact.

The game goes on in turns until one or other of the two conkers is completely destroyed.

Here are some methods employed to strengthen the conker:
Soak your conker in vinegar.
Bake your conker in the oven.
Use an old conker from previous years. .......Things2make recommend this one!

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