This year's best horse chestnut idea:
The idea is German where the fun flying horse chestnuts is called Wurfkastanien.
The flying horse chestnuts are easy to make and older children can make them alone, while smaller children will need help in making the hole in the chestnut.
DIY: Drill a hole in one end of a chestnut, for example by hammering a nail through or by using an awl. Pull the nail out and cut a small piece of string to put through the hole (help the cord through the chestnut with the nail or awl).
Now cut two very long strips of creap paper and fold them in half. Tie the strips to the chestnut.
How to play with the flying chestnuts:
1: Just to throwing the chestnuts is fun. They say a funny noise when they fly through the air and it looks festive with the colored tails.
2: Throw more flying chestnuts at a time and try to see if you can get them to fly together.
3: Use the flying chestnuts for precision casting. Throw after a ring in a treeafter or a bucket on the lawn.
4: Throw and catch with the flying chestnuts. Sometimes you can seize the chestnuts you have thrown because the long tails brakes the chestnuts speed. It is even more fun to throw to each other.
5: Silly around with the chestnuts. My kids have used them to make a wig and have had fun making beautiful patterns in the air.
Click here for more chestnut ideas. (in Danish but it is possible to get an English translation if you click on the translation link in the sidebar).
I have translated a tiny part of my DIYs and ideas. Click here to get an overview of the translated ideas.