Posted on December 9th, 2016 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
So Christmas creeps ever closer and the days seem to turn to night before they’ve hardly got going. We are busy on the farm preparing for Christmas, the trees have been going into the properties and the outside lights are on. The photo above is my little helper Clio. She looks so grown up here but she is just 12…..going on 18! I still have the train tunnel to transform with Guy and then we will be ready to welcome our Christmas guests. I hope your preparations are going well and that you are finding some outdoor time, whether it is watching Christmas lights in the night sky or enjoying some day time play.
Guidelines for Joining in:
- Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
- Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
- Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
- Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
- If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
- Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
- Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
- I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
- By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
- There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
My top commenters from 3rd December
1st Heidi from Him Me and Three with 19 comments
2nd Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops and Karen from Would Like to Be with 17 comments
3rd Louise from Little Hearts Big Love with 13 comments
I’d also like to say a massive thank you to Karen from Two Tiny Hands, Sonia from Mummy Constant and Joanne from Kiddie Holidays who didn’t join in this week but shared some #CountryKids blog love all the same.
1 guilty blogger linking up and not commenting on any posts. If that was you please go back.
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Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality 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.
Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here, will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!
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Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the December Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Hiedi from Him Me and Three
Warwick Castle seems to have something for all ages to enjoy and some beautiful Christmas Trees if you can make a Christmas visit as Over 40 Mum to One did.
I do like a Christmas Tradition, visiting Santa is a classic and Odd socks and Lollipops have found just the place
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Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 770 photos in there. Congratulations to this week's winners @mumturnedmom @thejoyoffive @hollowayfamilynorth and @over40andamumtoone
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Posted on December 9th, 2016 - Fiona
Autumn is perfect for foraging and the farm is rich in natures finest seasonal offering. I wanted to take advantage of the countless acorns falling all around this week and set about creating acorn crafts from a nature hunt.
A Nature Hunt
We were spoilt for choice with where to go hunting, it could have been as close as the car park but the children told me they had seen lots over by one of the play areas so we set off there with a collecting tub each looking for oak leaves, acorns, acorn shells and a feather.
Collecting in a play area naturally necessitated a little play too!
Acorn Crafts for Kids
With our pots full we headed back to begin creating. The girls were very keen to try the jewellery first. I guessed this would be the hardest so it made sense to do it first moving to the messier painting afterwards. The adults helped me to skewer the acorns so the children could thread the acorns onto their string. They made a simple but fun nature necklace. For those happy to learn a little finger knitting we made stretchy bracelets with an acorn feature. This was pushing things for many of the little ones so we just pulled a couple of strands of wool through the acorns for a similar effect.
Whist wearing our jewellery we extended our acorn crafts to paint work. I had three separate challenges which all came together on one colourful card.
- First we selected the shells from our collection and holding onto the stalks made geometric designs in overlapping colours.
- Next we rolled acorns in paint and shook them on paper inside the tub to create messy art.
- Finally we painted our oak leaves and made colourful prints.
The children each chose a colourful backing card to mount their painted acorn crafts onto and then using feathers or a paint brush wrote their name on their card.
It was a lovely way to explore nature from the Oak tree itself to the leaves that change colour and the acorns that fall in autumn.
Posted on December 5th, 2016 - Fiona
If you are familiar with Chanel 5’s Milkshake, you’ll know they feature some of children’s most loved TV shows. Classics that have stood the test of time like Thomas the Tank and Bob the Builder to new comers taking centre stage like Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s little kingdom. Abbey Home Media now bring the best of these to you on DVD with Milkshake fabulous friends.
This unique compilation boasts two hours of Milkshakes favourite children’s shows. Rated U for General viewing you can feel safe in the knowledge that this latest Abbey Home Media DVD is created by experts, loved by kids and trusted by parents. Come along and be swept up in the fun and friendship that is sure to delight young fans everywhere; available from 7th November for £7.99 on Amazon.
Here at Coombe Mill we are super excited to have a copy of the brand new DVD, after all we have our very own Ruston Train that looks just Like Thomas the Tank, a new build site for our new lodge, Polzeath, where Farmer Nick becomes Bob the Builder and our very own Sally the Pig and piglets masquerading as Peppa Pig.
What could be better after a busy day helping on the farm than to come indoors and enjoy Milkshake fabulous Friends?
Featuring in the new Milkshake Fabulous Friends:-
Peppa Pig – In ‘The New Car’, Peppa’s family car breaks down. While it is being mended, they borrow a shiny new one from Grandad Dog’s garage.
Thomas & Friends – In ‘The Thomas Way’, Harold the Helicopter breaks down, so Thomas and Duck take him to Sodor Search and Rescue for repair. Thomas wants to show them the sights but Duck isn’t keen. They need to learn to work together.
Pip Ahoy! – In ‘Alan Loses His Bounce’, Alan starts the day full of music and bounce, until Norman the Snail tells him that bouncing is silly. Pip and Alba organise a surprise to cheer him up and get his bounce back.
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – In ‘Books’, Queen Thistle reads the children a story which inspires a question. They can’t find the answer in the magic books in the castle, so go to the Wise Old Elf in the Great Elf Library.
Fireman Sam – In ‘Jupiter on the Loose’, the Pontypandy Pioneers visit the fire station, and Norman ends up accidentally driving Jupiter through Pontypandy. Sam races to the rescue!
Lily’s Driftwood Bay – In ‘Stop That Pudding’, Lily puts her newly discovered set of measuring spoons to good use when Nonna takes a tumble and needs a rest, leaving Salty to step in and cook an important pudding.
Bananas In Pyjamas – In ‘Power Cut’, Morgan accidentally causes mayhem in Cuddlestown when he plugs in too many lights and speakers in preparation for Camembert’s birthday party.
Little Princess – In ‘I Want My Treehouse’ Little Princess builds a treehouse, then discovers Algie and Maid are also building one in the tree next door! Soon they are in competition to see who can build the best one.
Bob the Builder – In ‘Lofty Lets Loose’, Bob and his team are building a new giraffe enclosure at the zoo, but Lofty’s excitement about meeting his favourite animal gets the better of him.
Wanda and the Alien – In ‘Starfish’, Wanda and friends help a hermit crab to find his starfish friend who was swept out to sea, aided by a giant whale and some important fish.
Toot the Tiny Tugboat – In ‘Toot’s Funny Side’, Toot arranges a funny No Talent Show to help Paula the Trawler overcome her embarrassment when she makes a mistake.
Toby’s Travelling Circus – In ‘Ribbons and Strings’, Toby is inspired to create a ribbon-and-strings act in the show after witnessing the havoc caused by Momo and Freddo earlier with a yo-yo.
Wissper – In ‘The Slow Slow Loris’ Sonia the slow loris asks Wissper to help her speed up as the chattering monkeys keep taking all the best fruit first. Wissper decides to enlist the help of Monty the meercat.
Paw Patrol – In ‘Pup Pup Boogie’, Ryder, Chase and Rubble use their dance moves to help repair the tracks before the next train arrives.
Win your copy of Milkshake! Fabulous Friends on DVD with Coombe Mill
If you fancy a copy of this fun filled DVD for the children in your house why not enter to win with us. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Milkshake DVD Giveaway
We were sent our copy of Milkshake Fabulous friends for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Our Coombe Mill copy is available for our holiday guests to borrow from the games room.
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Posted on December 4th, 2016 - Fiona
Trash 2 Treasure December
Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The nights are drawing in and Christmas is coming! There are so many wonderful creative homemade ideas for this season and I’d love you to share yours with me. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas. I have been marveling over last year’s crafts still thriving here in our fairy Gardens outdoors, while coming up with new decorations to keep the children busy on the farm this Christmas.
Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure
- Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
- Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
- The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
- There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
- Old posts and new posts welcome.
- Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
- Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
- Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below).
Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas.
My November winner of the duck tape colours is Stephanie of Our Cheery Tree. Stephanie made a wonderful Christmas bauble out of the pages of an old book and button. Do pop over and take a look.
Thank you to all linking up in November there were some wonderful ideas. full credit to Jill at Creating my way to success for the sheer number of upcyling ideas, I did adore the can ring buckle on this reusable Santa card.
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Posted on December 4th, 2016 - Fiona
I do love all the Christmas crafts around, there are so many lovely ideas for using up old packaging, making gift tags, recycling Christmas cards and turning toilet tolls into Christmas figurines. I wasn’t sure which of my ideas I wanted to share the most. In the end I settled on a very simple idea that my children adore: A Christmas gift tree decoration. A bit of a mouthful as it is two things in one, a little like a Christmas cracker but without the bang and so very simple to make.
This will be the first year at Coombe Mill that we will have our games room to host our Christmas activities. I plan to put a Tree up in there and decorate it with a little Christmas gift tree decoration for each of the children staying this Christmas. It will be a little something extra for them to open while the adults are enjoying a glass of bubbly or two at our Christmas Eve Family Celebrations.
What You’ll Need
- Toilet rolls
- Gift wrap string
- Christmas wrapping paper (left over scraps are fine)
- Gift to fit inside your toilet roll
- Christmas Message (optional)
Here are the downloadable messages I used, click on the image below to get a printable version.
- Seal one end of the toilet roll:
a) Press one end of the toilet roll inwards to make a dent.
b) Turn the toilet roll round 180 degrees and do the same
again to form two peaks at one end
c) Fold the Two Peaks down
||2. Place the Gift(s) inside the toilet roll with a Christmas message.|
|3. Fold the toilet roll end as above to achieve your sealed parcel.
4. Wrap the gift in Christmas paper large enough to cover the shape. |
5. Take a piece of gift wrap string and create a cross design to hold the present together.
Finishing at the top with a double knot and enough string left to tie onto a branch of your tree.
6. Add your Christmas Gift Tree Decoration to your Christmas tree.|
A few Extras you could try.
- Try filling and wrapping match boxes instead of toilet rolls
- Why not look up a few Christmas Jokes to put inside instead of a Christmas Message?
- Make them rustic style with brown paper and rough string and add a sprig of holly or Ivy.
- Why not make 25 and use them as advent calendar presents.
How to Make a Christmas gift Tree Decoration Tutorial Vlog