After a weekend of visiting our local nursery at Cedar Croft followed by turning the cat out of the green house, Guy and I dug it over and planted up for summer with tomatoes, courgettes, strawberries and herbs. I clearly had spring planting on the brain and decided on developing green fingered kids for our activity hour.
Growing Green Fingered Kids for Activity Hour
I had a spider plant overtaking my kitchen which was sprouting of shoots all over the place. There was easily enough for one each for the children staying and I had a pot of compost left from our greenhouse planting. All I needed to start my green fingered kids off was something for them to plant into. Inspiration struck when I looked in my craft cupboard and saw the Birchalls Tea cups from a lovely tea tasting session last year. I knew they would come in handy one day. This was the first time I had tried a gardening session, so I was a little apprehensive as to how my young helpers would get on. I needn’t have worried, as soon as I explained what we were doing they were straight in the compost with trowels filling their cups and making a finger whole as I had shown for their baby spider plant.
With the planting complete, they set about decorating their Birchalls teacups to their own design and adding their names. We lined them all up on the window ledge while I explained our next task.
A Nature Hunt
I had some laminated nature hunt pages from the website and challenged the children to find and tick off at least 4 on the list and that while they were doing it to find some sticks and foliage. they were all spring flowers and the children had no trouble finding them.
Encouraging Imagination in Kids
Having matched the names and pictures of the flowers in spring, we were now going to make pretty planters for the Fairy Gardens. We washed and cut squash bottles, added a blob of clay to the base and stuck in our collected and foliage. Then we decorated the sticks with floristry ribbon and added these into the clay base too.
The finished results were really very pretty. We took them to the fairy gardens along with a trowel and the children chose where to plant each one. Whilst waiting the children enjoyed sitting on Nick’s mushroom stools and playing.
When each one was safely in place I told the children how thrilled the fairies were and that back at the games room work station they had left a little treat to say thank you.
Racing back the children soon found the golden chocolate eggs and Coombe Mill badges. A little magic had been spread and I had grown some enthusiastic green fingered kids.
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Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.
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A few of my favourites in with a chance of the April Rockfish Boots:
Enjoying the British woodland is always a fun way to spend family time, discover a rope swing and a den and it becomes an adventure as Attachment Mummy shows.
Fairburn Ings has woodland adventure and more along their forest trails. I am totally taken with the log drum set tested by Mommy's Little Princesses
Often woods will have a stream running through them, these can be a great natural play area and Wild About Here explains the benefit of this
Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish
On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.