Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on November 28th, 2014

 

Monsters aren’t scary Mummy!

For Activity Hour at Coombe Mill we have been focusing on Monsters with our little ones. It felt too early to begin on Christmas crafts before December so after all the fun and games of Halloween and bonfire night we thought we could further explore a monster theme making sure they were friendly monsters so as not to scare our younger visitors.

 

Monster money boxes and coins to find

It was the most beautiful sunny day right up until half an hour before our crafting was due to begin. Instead of setting up in my garden as usual we were forced indoors for the first part of our activity as the gales and rain began to lash down against the window.

We began with a Monster story designed for little ones that included repeating lines and plenty of pictures to get everyone in the right mood and fully understanding the monster theme for the afternoon.

 

Story Time

Then we set about converting the boxes from the lovely mugs in our properties from our friends at twinkl resources into Monster Money boxes. I had been storing the boxes ever since we distributed the mugs around the cottages and lodges certain that I would think of a creative use for them and bingo, finally a light bulb moment!

We handed the children the flat pack box to decorate in their own monster style with plenty of stickers and pens to help.

 

Decorating the Moneyboxes

 

The grownups cut a money hole in the top with scissors and carefully stuck them back together inside out to make perfect bespoke monster money boxes.

 

Finished Monster Moneyboxes

 

While everyone finished we handed out some twinkl education sheets from our newly launched education pages to follow the monster theme. The 2 and 3 year olds practiced pen control tracing the M shape for Monster while our 6 year old coloured the letters for monster from the alphabet sheet.

 

twinkl Resources

 

It was still raining and blowing a gale outside so our monster game organised by Clio and Guy in the garden had to be by passed, however we couldn’t let the weather stop us altogether so bravely we donned our wellies and coats and headed out to the fairy garden with our money boxes. I was assured that my helpful little elves Guy, Jed and Clio had hidden some coppers in the garden ready for the children to start their money collection. They took great delight in spotting the money.

 

To the Fairy Garden

 

And popping it into their boxes

 

 Finding Pennies

We were glad of the secluded location of the gardens and overhanging branches with their remaining leaves for giving us a little shelter in there.

 

Sheltered from the Rain

The children were captivated with the challenge of finding their treasure and really didn’t mind the rain at all; we concluded that the fairies left the money out to ward off the evil spirits and monsters from their special magical gardens.

 

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A country walk that looks idyllic right down to the warming hot chocolate at the end from 76 Sunflowers

I love the "can do" spirit of Would like to be and the Princess and the Pickle as the family embark on countryside adventures in less than perfect weather and still have some gorgeous photos of a fun time.

One Tiny Leap finds a beautiful city park in Warsaw, just what two little boys needed. 

 

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