The farm has been buzzing in recent weeks with all our properties filled for the summer season and lots of eager faces both new and returning here to enjoy the magic of the farm. Along with a burst of summer growth around the farm our lakes are looking stunning an teaming with fish and wildlife.
I decided this would make the focus of our activity hour a couple of weeks ago and set about a whole fishy theme. First of all we collected some sticks with a slight bend in them. This wasn't as hard as it sounds as nature caters well for less than perfectly straight sticks and this was just what we needed to make our fish. After securing the ends the children had fun weaving ribbons through them and drawing an eye to make them their own.
I love how the children learn from what each other are doing and I'm always grateful for the help of Farmer Kym, Amber our Apprentice at Coombe Mill and the parents who bring the children to help with the fiddly bits since these sessions can be busy and everyone tends to need help at the same time!
With our fish complete the children wrote and drew messages to attach to their fish or weave into their bodies, this was left to them to design and some were to the fairies and others about the time they had spent over the week on the farm. They were all very touching.
Next up a trip to the fairy garden where we hung our fish from the branches. They looked lovely spinning in the breeze.
I wanted to extend the fishing idea and bring us back to the real world so we took some fishing nets, buckets and worksheets I had prepared over to the far lake to see what we could find.
The older children clambered down the back and swished their nets far and wide while the grownups kept a careful hold on the younger children so they could have a go. Farmer Nick's winter jobs list might just include building an easy pond dipping platform for little ones as I rather fancy revisiting this activity when the frogspawn are around in spring. It wasn't long before we were ticking carp, damselflies, and pond skaters off our tick sheets and overrunning the hour.
Our fun afternoon from crafting through to the evening train ride on video
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A few of my favourites from last week:
There were so many wonderful posts to choose from and I love that so many of you had an amazing time spending very little. It is family time and state of mind that creates the fun not expensive places.
Camping has been popular this holiday and Deep in Mummy Matters has 3 posts on her fun holiday. Here is part one
Camp Bestival looks like effortless with so many children for Chelsea Mamma
I love this journey stick from Kids in the Garden, it is like my fairy wands in a new form and I shall copying this for Activity hour here on the farm.
I've often seen Arundel from the road and thought it a an impressive castle. These posts from Over 40 and Mum to One and Soup Draggon Says suggests it is definitely worth a visit on one of there special event days
Ambleside sports day from Lakes Single Mum looks like the sort of Country Fun I can't resist
A perfect birthday for the price of a bottle of fizz with Diary of the Evans Crittens
I love the look of this decoder ring for a scavenger hunt by Keithas Chaos
I love this post from Mummy Constant just for the wonderful photos at the splash pool.