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by CoombeMill 1 September 2012 00:00

D.I.Y Karting Fun with Farmer Nick

After a quiet cycle ride with my eldest turned horribly wrong and his chain buckled and broke (he was fine), Theo the ever resourceful and imaginative one decided to use the wheels, together with that of another old bike to make a go kart! He may be full of ideas and enthusiasm, but his design 'know how', beyond needing wheels, at age 10 is still somewhat lacking. Cue a little help from Daddy! Guy and Jed were quick to muscle in on the action and all assembled with Dad in the big shed to set about their task. It was a full morning's work and only Theo was prepared to help Dad all the way with the building, Guy and Jed dancing around popping too and fro largely to check on their progress.

Inspired by old tyresDesign discussionsGetting down to work

On go the wheelsMid way testFinal structure to hold the wheels straight

 

Theo triumphantly rode the new Go-Kart out of the shed and across the ford claiming it as his after putting in the most effort and coming up with the idea!

 

Theo taking the kart through the ford

 

The following sequence of events made me laugh. With no pedals Theo really needed a push from the others, and so the bartering began where by Theo invited the younger boys to help push and they agreed only if they took it in terns to ride. A simple negotiation, but great to watch them realize they needed one another. They proceeded to push and ride down the lane and across into our pony field demonstrating effective team work for hours. It was a pleasure to watch them create and enjoy this simple kart together. Thank goodness they have such a practical Dad, like them I wouldn't have known where to begin! 

Plenty of fun and exercise on a homemade Go Kart:

 

I did have my heart in my mouth at times and have to push aside my motherly urge to stop their fun in the name of safety, but I resisted pacifying myself instead with a few "slow down" and "carefully" shout outs and they were just fine.

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For all mischievous kids

by CoombeMill 6 August 2012 12:00

The Value of Reading

From a young age we all know that reading to children is great for calming them down in the evening, providing great cuddle bonding time and developing their learning, imagination and desire to read for themselves in time. What captures their imagination and starts their reading journey is unimportant, that something does is! One of mine worked his way through the Famous 5 while another it was Beast Quest. Once they get the bug, it is a wonderful skill to hold and develop.  

Introducing Dougal TrumpDougal Trump

Dougal Trump is a funny take on family life as told through the eyes of Dougal, a typical mischievous young boy. It is brilliantly told by Jackie Marchant, her first book, snapped up by MacMillian and beautifully illustrated to appeal to children. I would say the reading age is age 9 plus, though children age 7 plus would enjoy the story if it were read to them. It is comical and draws on the imagination, Jackie gets right into the mindset of Dougal and it is this which makes the book so clever. Theo age 10 and the triplets age 8 are very taken with the book so I am hoping this will really inspire their reading journey.

Kids with Dougal Trump Book

There is a whole website to support the book www.DougalTrump.com with lots of fun and games, a fan club to join and the first extract free to read on line before buying in paperback or as an ebook; both at £5.99. My kids have had a good look around and given it the thumbs up!

 

On the Dougal Trump Web Site

 

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The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Mondy 20th August 5pm. Good luck to all taking part.

 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Dougal Trump to read with my children and review for this competition. All views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. My copy can be found in our reception for our holiday guests to borrow when my children have finished!

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The winner is @Chrissy4116 Many congratulations and happy reading! 

 

 

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by CoombeMill 29 July 2012 01:00

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by CoombeMill 30 June 2012 10:12

Turning an average day into bags of Fun!

Farmer Nick had the boys sweeping the shed floor. Not an exciting job but they were pretty keen as Daddy had promised a turn on his new toy if they did a good job!

Sweeping Farmer Nick's Shed

 

Nick had the electric Gator on trial for the week to see if it would be a benefit on the farm. Lots of fun to be had but at £5000 second hand I persuaded him that it really wasn't anything he couldn't do with the tractor and trailer. I fear it may be a hollow victory as he and the kids clearly loved it and I have caught Nick since eyeing them up on e-bay and on the John Deere web site!

 Fun on the Gator with Dad / Farmer Nick

Disappointed that all the fun was over, the children headed back to the shed. Here they became inspired by the bag of floor sweepings they had collected. I am sure I have the only children who can amuse themselves with a bag of dust! They rigged it up to Dad's ceiling chain, designed for working on the tractors, and used it as a boxing bag, kick bag and swing. Ten out of ten for initiative boys! (Just for the record I was overseeing this little game at a distance just to ensure there was nothing sharp or dangerous in their punch bag and that it would take their weight for swinging).

At play in Farmer Nick's shedFun on the Gator with Dad

 

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by CoombeMill 9 June 2012 09:00

Planting the Greenhouse

Gardening is far from my perfect outdoor pursuit, having said that I do adore home grown produce and so make the effort each year to plant out the green house. It is not something I have ever really involved the children in before, but inspired by others linking up on Country Kids like Dad's Cooking Tonight and Rainy Day Mum I decided to make it a family event. 

The Children were only too happy to help when we suggested they could all help choose what we bought from our local nursery Cedar Croft just up the lane. Up and down the rows of plants we wondered, perusing all the delightful colours and smells. The favourite by far with the children were strawberries so we agreed on a pot each with a strawberry plant, and they all shook hands on not pinching each others' strawberries. I for see reneging on their promise ahead, but I couldn't fault the commitment at the time!

At the Nursery

Back at home we set to work digging out the weeds and forking some newly purchased nutrients into the soil, before planning and planting in earnest. I was pleasantly surprised at how focussed the children remained and how much more I enjoyed gardening with their input. All that is left now is to water, wait and enjoy!

 

Planting the Greenhouse

 

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