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Mess Free Acorn Activity for Kids

This mess free acorn activity for kids is super simple but it has loads of great ideas behind it! For the littlest kids it makes a fun sensory play experience but for older kids you can use it to talk about seasons, colour mixing and even use it to support literacy! And of course as a mess free activity there isn’t loads of stuff to clean up afterwards or little hands to try and clean. Perfect!

mess free acorn activity

Mess free acorn activity for kids: Materials

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Ziplock plastic bag

Paint – blue and orange or red and green

Black pen

mess free acorn activity materials

Let’s make it

Start by drawing an acorn onto your ziplock bag. Normal felt tip pens are rubbish for this as the colour doesn’t stay and biros can tear the plastic so are pretty useless too. I use one of these pens which works on pretty much everything (including the kids school uniforms which makes it a lifesaver round here!)

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Next up squeeze the paint into the bag. Last year my kids and I made this cute walrus craft and ran out of brown paint. I presumed that to make brown paint you would need to mix red, yellow and blue. That’s how you make it, right?! Nope. We mixed all three together and it just looked like sludge. Not brown paint sludge like you’d want to paint a walrus with but just sludge. Instead to make brown paint you need to mix blue and orange or red and green paints together.

mess free acorn activity colour mixing

Once your paint is in the back close the zip – if you are doing this activity with young kids you might want to put some packing tape on it to be super safe. You’re now ready to squish your paint around!

easy mess free acorn activity

Some ideas for your mess free acorn activity:

So you’ve filled the bag with paint – now what? Well you’re free to just squish the paint around and try and mix the colours until it turns brown. Actually that feels pretty good and if you or the kids are having a bad day it makes a nice stress reliever too! It’s also a good opportunity to talk about the seasons and seeds. Who eats acorns? Do they eat them all at once or hide them? Do you know what kind of trees acorns come from? Another great way to use this mess free acorn activity is for practising mark making or letters. Preschool kids can do mark making, using their fingers to draw straight or wavy lines or maybe some shapes and older kids can practice letters – can you do an a for acorn, trying upper and lowercase letters.

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Don’t forget about this!

I love looking at kids crafts and activities but I have two young kids and I forget about stuff a lot (what day is it again?!) If you want to remember this activity make sure you bookmark it or pin the image at the bottom of this page.

More acorn and mess free crafts:

We love sharing crafts and activities and if you and your kids love them too why not try out some more? This rolling acorn craft is a great way to play with paint or we’ve shared 20 acorn crafts and activities here. Want more mess free craft ideas? We’ve got a mess free pumpkin activity and a mess free autumn tree craft too!

mess free acorn activity for kids


  1. 16th October 2017 / 12:21 pm

    What a lovely idea! And thanks for the tip about making brown paint. I’d never managed to get past the sludge stage!

  2. 16th October 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Mark making/practising letters is a great activity for little ones and it’s good to make it fun and seasonal.

  3. 17th October 2017 / 10:49 am

    What a lovely idea, I love anything that’s mess free!

  4. 22nd October 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Any craft with mess free in the title is going to be a hit with me ha ha

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