Country Kids from Coombe Mill

December 18, 2015 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

The Pencarrow Christmas Fair

Following the success of the Wadebridge Christmas Fayre last weekend we set off this week for the Pencarrow fair, this is one of the lovely houses just 10 minutes from Coombe Mill and one where we had a wonderful afternoon last year. It was far less agricultural than the Wadebridge one  Clio and Guy had frond memories from our last visit, not least of which was the amazing chocolate Brownies and they were keen to come with me again, the rest of my children were washing cars and cement mixing back home so we picked up Clio's friend en-route.

The Pencarrow Christmas Fayre

The sun was shining as we turned into the ling private driveway and soon hit a queue of traffic all thinking like us it as a great use of a Sunday afternoon. Having the 4 wheel drive I simply dived off onto the grass and parked up, fully expecting others to follow suit as the car park was clearly full. Clearly we were the only ones risking the off road option but for me it certainly beat queuing and we were happy to enjoy the walk up through the estate to the house.  The kids ran on ahead finding trees to climb, or slide down in Guy's case!

 

Climbing Trees at Pencarrow

 

The beautiful steps and fountains make the formal gardens stunning in the winter sun

 

Kids exploring the gardens

 

We were all captivated by the amazing fungi growing in the otherwise immaculately manicured lawns. The colours were astonishing and I tried to look them up afterwards but was baffled by the possibilities I found online!

 

Mushrooms on the Pencarrow Grounds

 

Eventually we found our way to the house entrance and embraced the Christmas atmosphere where from craft stalls to food stalls the rooms were filled with Christmas cheer.

 

Christmassy Stalls

 

The children soon found the table they were really looking for and all chose from the amazing chocolate brownie flavours on offer, I'm rather hoping Guy was queuing by the Cornish coffee stand to buy my favourite Christmas coffee for under the tree and Clio and her friend both bought trinkets to start their Christmas shopping.

 

Kids on the stalls

With full tummies and crafts purchased we headed out to retrace out steps to the car. Thankfully they are still not too old to indulge in a little soggy leaf fun along the way.

Kicking up the leaves

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Stick Man is running at Moors Country Park and other Forestry Commission sites, My Two Mums made the most of it on their visit 

Reindeer and an Abbey to explore made a lovely day out for Tin Box Traveller

This may be the best Christmas Tree Farm experience I've seen from Drops of Learning 

Santa in the caves brought a spot of magic to the Christmas build up for Stopping at Two 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

December Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

The Next Country Kids

The Next Country Kids will be in a fortnight where I will share all the Christmas and New Year fun form here on the farm. I wish you and your Families a very Merry Christmas and hope you will be back to share those post turnkey dinner walks with me on the 2nd January. 

 

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November 6, 2015 at 9:40 PMCoombeMill

 

A Spooktacular Day full of Halloween Fun

Halloween has become a a growing day of entertainment for the children staying at Coombe Mill. Every year we vary things a little and add to the year before. This year might just have been our best yet with non stop fun from 9am to 7pm. 

 

A Spooktacular Day

 

I spent the previous afternoon spookifying the tractor and trailer in anticipation of the Halloween Feed run.

 

 

Taken me about 3 hours to dress the tractor and trailer for our #Halloween day tomorrow. A spooky feed run awaits!

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It was lovely to see so many little ones rush out in the morning ready in their fancy dress to hope aboard the spooked up trailer. It made the regular fed run feel extra special at the end of the week.  

 

The Spooky Feed Run

 

 

Coming back there was a quick hour break for families to have something to eat while we set up the crafting tent with all the activities and decorations from the feed run trailer. In no time the tent was full of eager crafters and a multitude of activities underway from pumpkin caving to ghost making. Our special activity this year was painting scavenger hunt cans and turning sticks into magic wands ahead of the afternoon activities.  

 

Spooky Halloween Crafts

 

 

Reception was our meeting point for the afternoon Witches Welly Walk. Everyone assembled with their cans and wands and were handed a sheet with a scary or regular list of things to collect. I had lined the welly walk with witches costumes that I made for my #Trash2Treasure Tutorial wrapping them around sticks along the walk. The children loved collecting their items and waving their wands at the witches to make spells. Down at the end of the walk they found my cauldron waiting for all their treasure to be added. Here they stirred and poked and waved more magic before I left them playing in the stream and on the swing rope while I set up the craft tent for our afternoon games.

 

Welly Walk Spooky Scavenger Hunt

 

 

From Apple bobbing to musical statues, running games to quiet games we whiled away an hour of action packed games as the light faded and Guy came out to unlock the much awaited Ghost Train

 

Halloween Games around the Tent

 

Our Train tunnel really lends itself to a spooky makeover and with all manner of flashing lights, terrifying skulls and homemade cobwebs it really sprang to life as Guy drove into the station and I turned on all the lights, crouching in the tunnel waiting to hand everyone a packet of sweets as they passed through.

 

Ghost Train

 

 

All that remained was 'trick or treating'. My rules were clearly set out, no pushing, little ones to go first and we were all to stick together as our convey marched from one property to the next, a pumpkin outside lit to signify we were welcome. The children were delighted with their haul and my thanks to the parents who helped make it all possible by preparing for our visit and welcome us all at the door. 

 

Trick or Treating

 

If you are staying with us on holiday next year in Halloween week, be prepared for plenty of spooky fun!  

 

 

With the Go Pro set up on the engine I feel the Ghost Train is worthy of of it's own video. 

 

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I'd love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Bug, Bird, Bee joined us for half term on the farm where the children took instantly to the farm

Fireworks and amusements at Lightwater Valley keep N E Family Fun kids busy all day

This post from Mummy Constant will have you rushing to the Yorkshire Dales 

The enchanted forest looks stunning all lit up at night as Monkey and Mouse discovered

I've seen some lovely pumpkin carving posts the past 2 weeks like this one from The Mama Story 

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles November Giveaway with Country Kids 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

 

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July 10, 2015 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Butterflies and Caterpillars 

 Making and Finding Minibeasts

Here on the farm I used to dread a wet Friday, activity hour in my kitchen felt a right squish and a squeeze!  However since Farmer Nick indulged my new farm fun time with its own purpose built marquee we can withstand a summer downpour and carry on regardless.  Just as well as after a glorious week the skies looked threatening on the last afternoon as we headed out to pull sticky weed from around the farm for our first activity.  Farmer Nick thought we were doing a spot of weeding for him but I dashed his hopes saying that our collecting wasn't going to relieve him of his afternoon chores.

 

Picking some Sticky Weed

Back in the tent we were congratulating ourselves for beating the rain which then proceeded to lash down on the canvas above. It didn't matter to us; we were already busy making caterpillars by wrapping our freshly gathered sticky weed around my collection of empty toilet rolls. It was harder than it sounds as the weed kept sticking to fingers and clothes just as the name suggests. Eventually we all managed to thread our weed covered rolls onto string to create perfect caterpillars which wiggled and squirmed along the floor when pulled.

 

Making the Toilet Roll Caterpillars

 

We chatted about the magical process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly before carefully cutting out our own butterfly shapes and print painting one side to another to make our own. These we taped to sticks which formed the body of the butterfly and gave the wings a perfect flap when waved around, just like butterflies flying in the wild.

 

Making the butterflies

The children loved these themed crafts; they were so simple and ideal for preschool ages. As the rain had stopped we used the last of our hour going on a real butterfly hunt.  We found a caterpillar and saw lots of meadow brown butterflies flying around in the long grass but they were so quick it was hard to point them out to the children or capture them on camera, we did a loop back through the Fairy garden to see the pretend ones on sticks that didn't fly away!

In search of the minibeasts

 

If you'd like to see a detailed post on how we made these and other crafts please follow my #Trash 2 Treasure monthly linky for all upcycling, I'd love you to add your own posts too. I am already taken with these peg butterflies from Let Kids be Kids for a future craft session.

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids   

Country Kids is all about the benefits to children of spending time outdoors. A little exercise and time away from screens and sofas is good for them and good for us adults too. I welcome all outdoor fun from days out to crafts and learning so grab your sun hat or rain coat and see what's out and about near you.  When sharing on the linky please grab the country Kids badge or link back here and remember to check out the other posts too, there are always some great ideas to inspire your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I'd love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Chelsea Mamma visited one of my favourite places, the Portsmouth Royal dockyards for a great educational day out.

A perfect 30th weekend from Life at Cooks Cabin had be quite taken by her husband's planning.

We weren't the only one studying butterflies this week, When the Dust Settles enjoyed a wonderful nature day out.

There were plenty of butterflies in the gorgeous lavender meadows as spotted by 3 Kids and a Gluestick.

The Melton House enjoyed a boat trip with the bonus of seeing and filming a pod of 7 to 10 dolphins 

Another awesome adventure for One tiny Leap this time in Utah

Closer to home Our Little Escapades took little E for her first seaside paddle

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

May 15, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Wildflower Learning and Crafts

Activity hour changes by the week, every time I think I am going to be easy on myself and repeat an activity I think of something new I want to try! With all the spring flowers bursting forth on the farm I wanted to see if I could create a craft around these. The children staying ranged in age from 2 to 5 so I knew it had to be something engaging, easy to complete and colourful. It didn't take me long to have a plan forming that was easily going to use up our hour.

Wildflower Hunt and Bookmark Craft

As everyone gathered around the craft tent I explained what we had planned for the afternoon. First we were going to design our collecting baskets from a sheet of coloured paper, and then we would be off on a wildlife trail to fill them with wildflowers before returning for more crafting fun with our colourful collection.

Starting a session with some colouring suited all ages as the older children drew recognisable spring flowers and butterflies while the younger's children delighted in messy patterns. When everyone was ready we turned our artwork into collecting baskets and were ready for a farm wildflower hunt.

Making the Collecting Baskets

To give us some guidance on things to collect we had printed and laminated our farm wildflower hunt from the Coombe Mill education pages, as created for us with twinkl. Everyone took a sheet and a felt tip pen to tick of each flower they found and add it to their collecting baskets.

Ticking off the Flowers

This took longer than I had bargained on as the children were determined to find every flower scouring the farm hedgerows, river bank and fairy garden. They beamed with delight as they found what they were searching for.

Flower Hunting

Back at the tent we set to work on our bookmarks. I had taken a photo of the children on the farm before hand and each used this photo to personalise their bookmark, a tip I picked up from a post last year from Susan K Mann.  From here the children arranged their favourite flowers and embellished the design with felt tip. We used sellotape to hold them in place and give strength to the bookmarks. When they finished one side we turned them over and repeated the process by which time they were surprisingly sturdy.  For a finishing touch we punched a hole at the bottom and added some floristry ribbon tassels. 

Making the Bookmarks

Guy was blowing the whistle to call the children for the train at 5pm while I taped the last few bookmarks.  I was delighted with the attention to detail and concentration of all the children during this task and everyone had a bespoke book mark to take home as a keepsake for their night time stories.  

Finished Bookmarks

If you are here with us on the farm I run activity hour every Friday when there are 5 or more children staying. Children learn from each other and enjoy an hour in the fresh air cementing friendships and finishing their holiday on a memorable note. You can find other craft ideas and tutorials on past activities under my Farm Crafts section here on the blog.

 

Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is around in these communities, I'd love you to join me: 

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Join the Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

A steam train and animals made a wonderful birthday treat for Sophie Is 

The Room on a Broom adventure trail made this country walk exciting for We're going on an adventure

Moors Country Park is great for an adventure especially if you go with friends as Charlie Moos and Chelsea Mamma did 

Popping over from France Mad house family Reviews had a blast at Chessington World of Adventures

More adventure with bubbles at the Abbey for Becoming a Stay at Home Mum

Let kids be kids made their own bubble machines, a lovely simple to do activity for the garden or park

The Joy of five enjoyed a day of mini beast studies which had the children captivated. 

 

 

 

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No-Sew Bunting

March 1, 2015 at 3:50 PMCoombeMill

Coombe Mill Activity Hour

At Coombe Mill we run a fun based activity hour at 4 pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here on the farm. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to help with fine or gross motor skills or encourage imaginative play. As believers in time away from screens and sofas as promoted through the Country Kids linky, our activities involve outdoor space and nature wherever possible. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.

Coombe Mill ‘How to’ Series

I have been asked how to make the crafts seen on my Country Kids posts that have shadowed the fun from activity hour, so I have created a Farm Crafts category on the blog with a series of "How to Make" tutorials for some of the crafts that we have covered so far. 

This post covers really simple bunting that children of any age can help make and design. My sewing is woeful and so this simple quick fix alternative works just fine for me, gives instant results for our farm craft sessions and lasts surprisingly well.

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Make your own designer bunting

Make your own No-Sew Bunting

What you will need:-

  • And old sheet or piece of material
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Stapler
  • Felt tip pens
  • Triangle pattern

 

No-Sew Bunting, What you'll need

Method:-

  1. Trace the triangle pattern out on your material until you have however many you want to work with.

  2. Carefully, cut around the triangles on your material (we tried both double sided triangles and single triangles and found that the singular ones worked best as the double sided ones didn't line up so well).

  3. Decorate your bunting, each child at here at activity hour has the chance to decorate at least one of their own and usually the parents can't resist joining in with one too.

  4. Fold the top of the triangle over a long piece of baler twine and staple it so that it doesn't fall off (we found that it worked best with one staple each side of the triangle to hold it over the baler twine and one in the middle that went through the baler twine to stop it from sliding up and down).

  5. Find somewhere that you want to hang it up.

No-Sew Bunting method

 

A few fun additions that you might want to try:-

  • You could use fabric pens rather than felt tips and the drawings might hold better.

  • Would be a great idea for a birthday or christening to have a commemoration from everyone there.

  • Try different shaped bunting such as squares and bubbles.

  • Try using wax crayons and making leaf print rubbings on the bunting

No-Sew Bunting Fun

We have been hanging ours up in the fairy garden. As the weather does its thing and the rain falls it leaves a lovely tie dye effect. The photo below is after a week of hanging through all weathers last summer. I love the way the colours have run.  Eventually the colour from felt tip pens will fade completely. After about 6 weeks you can take them down and redecorate them in a whole new design, ours have on average 3 uses before they are thrown away, that's a whole lot of value and fun from an old sheet!

 

No-Sew Bunting after it rained

If you've enjoyed this post, why not follow our How to Make Pinterest board with all the Coombe Mill craft tutorials.  

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Did you know the Coombe Mill website also has a full program of educational resources aimed at children from early years through to key stage 2? These resources are perfect for supporting the natural learning on holiday here. 

 

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