Learn how to play conkers.
Conkers can become quite a competitive activity if you have a group of friends who are playing as well.
Preparing your conker is easy and it only takes one game to go from a new contender to the ultimate champion!
You will need :
- Hand drill
- Find a conker from under a conker tree. Be careful they come in spiky packages!
- Ask an adult to help you drill a hole straight through the middle of the conker with a hand drill. Use a clamp to keep it steady if you have one.
- Thread a piece of string through the hole and secure with a large knot.
How to play it…
- You will need at least one friend who also has a conker to play.
- The aim of the game is to smash your competitor’s conker.
- Taking it in turns, one competitor holds their conker up by the string at arms length in front of them. They have to make sure it’s steady, not swinging.
- The second competitor holds their conker and string a bit like a catapult, with the string in their left hand and the conker in their right hand with the string taught. (assuming you are right handed, reverse if you are left handed)
- The second competitor flicks the conker down as hard as they can onto the held conker and tries to smash it. They get three attempts before swapping over.
- The game is over when one person’s conker is smashed.
- Scoring: When you win a conker match your conker wins one point and is a ‘one-er’, if it wins two matches it is a ‘two-er’ and so on. Where it gets fun is if you smash a conker which has won other conker matches, you take on their points. So you might start with a new conker and beat a conker which has won 9 matches already. Your conker would then be a ‘ten-er’.
- Before a conker match starts, you must declare how many matches your conker has already won. You are also supposed to declare that your conker hasn’t been baked (which makes them stronger)
- If conkers are ready they should already be out of their spiky packages or it should be easy to open them up.
- Wrap the string around your hand for better grip.
- You may need to practise with your aim, conkers are quite small targets and it takes some skill.
- The highest scoring conker goes first.
- When scoring, just remember to add ‘er’ to the end of the number.