Wooden Acorns Craft and Sorting Bowls

Wooden Acorns Craft and Sorting Bowls

Preschoolers will love sorting and matching colors with our Wooden Sorting Bowls and Wooden Acorns Craft. These pretty little acorns will help young children in color recognition, counting and sorting abilities. It also encourages agility and dexterity in wee hands. And, because they are beautiful, they add to the warmth and charm to any room!

wooden sorting bowls and wooden acorns craft

painted wooden acorns craft

Wooden Sorting Bowls and Wooden Acorns Craft Materials:

  • 6 wooden bowls – 2 1/2″ bowls from Casey’s Wood Products
  • 18 wood acorns – 1 1/32″ acorns from Casey’s Wood Products
  • sandpaper, fine
  • wood stain (optional)
  • wood paint
  • beeswax finish

Note: All materials used should be non toxic and child safe.

IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING: The acorns are small and considered a choke hazard. Although generally it is recommended that small parts should not be given to children under 3 years of age, we highly recommended you do not give small parts to any child that still puts toys in their mouth, no matter how old they are!


Wooden Sorting Bowls and Wooden Acorns Craft Directions:

Using fine grit sandpaper, sand wood pieces smooth. Wipe off to remove any saw dust.

Using a non toxic, child safe wood stain, stain just the OUTSIDE of the bowls and the caps of the acorns. I found it easiest to use a hard bristle paint brush to apply the stain to the acorn caps. Note: If you prefer, you can choose NOT to stain the wood. The bowls and acorns in this tutorial have not been stained.

Choose 6 different colors of paint. Paint the inside of each bowl and the rim a different color. Paint your acorn bottoms to match the inside of the bowls. You will paint groups of three acorns the same color.

wooden sorting acorns and bowls

When the paint and stain are thoroughly dry, seal the bowls and acorns with a Beeswax Finish.

Notice the 2 wooden acorns below. They have not been stained. The one on the right was sealed with our Beeswax Finish. It naturally gives the wood a wonderful patina.

Now your bowls and acorns are ready to be played with. Remember to reapply the Beeswax Finish periodically to the wood to maintain a beautiful luster and to prolong the life of the wood.

painted wooden bowls and wooden acorns craft

Of course, children will come up with their own ways to use the bowls and acorns 🙂 The bowls and acorns will undoubtedly be moved to play kitchens, the acorns can be used for counting and sorting, and, you can flip the bowls over, and hide acorns under them for a super fun guessing game 🙂

Photos: 4-12-12


  1. Hi there! I am new to this site and love all your wonderful ideas! I wonder – do you normally post links to resources for projects like this? I looked online and found wood acorns but don’t know where to find small wood bowls like this. Also, I don’t know what type of paint works best for painting wood. Any further information you could offer would be great!

    1. One of our sponsors, A Child’s Dreams, carries all the products I used above. Check out their lovely store. http://www.achildsdream.com/ There are also other places on line, like Caseys Wood Products http://www.caseyswood.com/shoppingcart/zen-cart/ that carry wood for a little cheaper, but usually you have to buy bulk. I used soy paint, which A Child’s Dream carries, but you might be able to buy them locally. I tend to go to A Child’s Dream because there is great service and they have everything you need in one place. Hope that helps 🙂

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