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Kids Acorn Crafts: Rolling Acorn Painting

At the moment my son is obsessed with collecting acorns and to be perfectly honest so am I. I love the idea of doing lots of kids acorn crafts but to be honest, with a four year old and a two year old a lot of the cute stuff I’ve seen on Pinterest is just too fiddley for us. A shame! This rolling acorn painting is anything but fiddley, it’s simple enough for all ages to enjoy and using acorns is a great way to get some craft materials for free, win!

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You will need:






Bowls or Plates


How we made it:

Before we started I cut out some acorn shapes from pieces of paper. I did mine freehand but if you’re worried I’ve found some acorn templates here. I set out the activity in advance, putting the acorns and acorn template on to a tray and putting the tubes of paint and bowls around it. When I told my son the idea he wasn’t interested at all but as soon as he saw it all laid out he wanted to give it a try straight away!

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All you need to do is dip your acorn in paint making sure it gets completely covered and then roll it across your acorn shape by tipping up your tray in one direction and then the other. The paint tends to slow it down a bit making it fun to try and roll it around on the tray! This would be great using coloured paper for the acorn shape or adding more autumnal colours too. Fancy something a bit less messy? I’ve got a mess free acorn activity that’s perfect for you (and it includes paint!)

In a similar way we’ve tried out a rolling pinecone activity – you can watch the video below to see it in action or check out the instructions, you can also grab the free autumn leaves template that’s used in the video.

If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out me new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids which is full of fun, achievable and cool ideas!

Liked this? Check out my round up of 20 acorn crafts for kids – picture below for a sneak peak of what you can find there!

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