Conkers is game that been played by children since the 16th century. In the fall the ripened conkers, or horse chestnuts, are harvested by children in preparation for play. Attached to a shoelace, the horse chestnut becomes a favorite game of skill that earns its name from William the Conquerer.
Gather ripened horse chestnuts that have fallen from the tree. If you do not have horse chestnuts, sweet chestnuts will also do. These nuts are also available at your local supermarket, if you are unable to obtain them naturally.
Thread the shoelace through the hole in the center of the horse chestnut and tie a large knot at the bottom to prevent it from slipping back through the hole during play.