Woodland Hedgehugs for Creative Kids

Posted on February 20th, 2017 - Fiona

Coombe Mill sits nestled in a beautiful woodland valley on the edge of Bodmin moor and an area of outstanding natural beauty. We take full advantage of our wonderful wooded back drop with all the crafts and activities we do with our younger holiday guests.  For my children being outdoors and exploring nature is second nature and by the end of a week on the farm the children staying here have come to love and respect our woodland too. I’d love for children everywhere to experience the joy of England’s woodland, but sometimes it can be hard to know how to begin. Boolino have the answer with a new range of books from Maverick Arts Publishing based on ‘Woodland Hedgehugs’ with two dear little hedgehog characters.

Woodland Hedgehugs Horace and Hattie

Meet Horace ad Hattie the stars of the books; two lovable characters that will guide you through the woods with an adventure at every turn.

Activity Book

 Treat yourself to the activity book and be inspired by countless activities and crafts for children to do, make and collect within the woods. No family walk need be dull again with inspiration from the book. From bark rubbing to play doe animal prints, tree identification to making your own woodland, this book has it covered.

Activity Book in the Fairy Garden

We love the scavenger hunts the book suggests and regularly create them here, spotting colour in nature is a great way to appreciate the colours by season and animal tracks are fun to look for up in our deer field. We even have some handy reminders of the footprints to look for in our woodland fairy garden.

Activity Hour Nature Fun

I am definitely trying out the musical sticks for one of our upcoming crafts; we have plenty of y shaped sticks to find and were given a box of bottle tops which will be perfect.

Make your musical instrument

At just £5.99 this book is full of imaginative ideas that won’t cost you the earth to make, but create a zest for exploring our lovely woodlands, which in itself is an inexpensive family day out. The ideas in the book will engage children from age 3 to 8. I am very impressed with the book and will be using the ideas for future activity hour inspiration here on the farm.

Hedgehugs storybook

After a busy day of exploring and making why not relax indoors with the delightful Hedgehugs storybook, or take it with you on a woodland exploration and read it under a tree? Learn all about how the Hedgehug name came about in an enchanting make believe story to set imaginations running. Priced at £6.99 it is one to read over and over. The book is not too wordy but has plenty of colourful illustrations that are perfect for younger preschool children.

Kids reading the book

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Hedgehugs Books


I was sent our copy of the Woodland Hedgehugs Activity Book and Hedgehugs story book for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Coombe Mill holiday guests will find our copies to borrow in our games room.

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Pairs Memory Game and Book Offer.

Posted on February 13th, 2017 - Fiona

When it comes to engaging preschool children in education, we know appealing to all the senses is the key to success.  Little ones are always eager to learn so long as you can tap into the way young minds think. They may not be ready for formal schooling but they can still enjoy books that are colourful and engaging, interactive and cover subjects the children can relate to. The clever folk at Quarto Kids know this all too well and now have 2 great themed books to add to their collection for age 3 plus. Called Pairs, they incorporate the classic memory game of matching pairs within beautiful rhyming non-fiction books on either life underwater or in the garden.

Pairs books underwater and In the Garden from Quarto Kids

A Rhyme on each page gives a little information about the creature featured.  Then there are challenges to spot and a ‘lift the flap’ pair’s game too.  With so much fun on each hard back page, these books teach children about the underwater world and life in the garden without them even realising they are learning.

Rhymes and pictures in Pairs underwater book from Quarto Kids

Here on the farm we try to do just what these 2 books do in our activity hour by making learning fun. A favourite topic is bug hunting and butterfly crafts. I will be sure to introduce ‘Pairs in the Garden’ to our next bug themed hour.

Pairs Memory Game book in the Garden and Bug Hunting at Coombe Mill

With Coombe Mill being close to some fabulous sandy beaches, our holiday makers always enjoy a beach day or two and tell me of star fish or crabs they have found, while here on our lakes we like to go pond dipping to see what lives in there. Pairs underwater will be perfect for expanding this activity.  

Pairs Underwater Game and and Pond dipping on holiday in the Coombe Mill Lake

Need to Know

RSP £6.99 per book

Available from the Quarto Kids website

Hardback cover and pages

Non Fiction

7 Lifting flaps to play pairs on every double page

5 double pages  in each book

Suitable for Age 3+

Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Illustrations by Lorna Scobie


 We love these little multipurpose interactive books and can’t wait to work with them. At £6.99 they are great value for money and would be ideal as a birthday gift or pocket money treat. 

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I was sent our copies of Pairs in the Garden and Paris underwater for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Coombe Mill holiday guests can borrow our copies from the games room during their stay.

Revolting Rhymes from Roald Dahl is Back

Posted on February 6th, 2017 - Fiona

Did you get to see the amazing makeover of the 1982 original animation Revolting Rhymes, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, over Christmas? If you did you’ll know it is a classic to be watched time after time. If like us you were fighting the urge to sit on the sofa over the festive break, favouring instead outdoor family adventures, fear not, you can have your cake and eat it; the wonderful remake by www.magiclightpictures.com of Revolting Rhymes is coming to DVD on 6th February courtesy of Entertainment One.

Revolting Rhymes Cover

Revolting Rhymes is packed with twists.

The enchanting two-part animation brings together 5 traditional fairy tales, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood but mixes up the plot in an amusing and mischievous way with some clever twists. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig? How can Jack avoid the Giant and find his golden treasure? Who will Cinderella marry? The tales are told by a wolf that holds all the answers, as well as a story of his own to tell.

Watching Revolting Rhymes

Voices by a British star cast

David Walliams (Little Britain, Gangsta Granny), Tamsin Greig (The Green Room, Episodes), Dominic West (The Wire, Pride) and Gemma Chan (Humans)

Need to Know

Release Date:6th February
Certificate:   PG
Running time:60 minutes (Part 1: 30mins, Part 2: 30 mins)


DVD Special Features

  • The Making of Revolting Rhymes

  • Revolting Rhymes image gallery

  • A set of beautifully designed postcards with your DVD.

About Roald Dahl and His Legacy:

Roald Dahl had an incredible life history from 1916 – 1990. He leaves us with some of the best Children’s books ever made. The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust ensures 10% of all Roald Dahl author payments and royalty income (after 3rd party commission) goes to their charity partners. They have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programmes. For more information on this visit www.roalddahl.com Luke Kelly is manager of the Roald Dahl legacy and grandson to  Roald. We have a little section from an interview with Luke: 


Where does Revolting Rhymes…the fairy tales, the poems, all delivered in that sort of heroic couplet…where does that sit in Roald Dahl’s body of work? Was it a favorite of his, do you remember?

Luke Kelly Response: 

I think it was a favorite of his because it related so fondly to the Norwegian folk tales of his childhood. Those tales of wicked trolls and Norwegian creatures, and the idea of a stylized and slightly extreme natural environment…which I think, again, is done so well in here…that kind of fantastical grotesque piece. He wrote a lot about reading stories by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen and Belloc. I think that for that reason, it was important to him. It also came in a period of great output for him. It came just before the BFG and just after George and The Twits. 


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Revolting Rhymes


We were provided with a test copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review. You can find our copy to borrow in the Coombe Mill Games Room whilst staying here on holiday.




Foot to Floor And Off We Zoom

Posted on January 30th, 2017 - Fiona

We all know how little kids like to be big kids. Toytastic have made that possible with the coolest looking toddler foot to floor motorbike around. Those go faster bad boy tyres on the real deal translate onto wide plastic wheels for stability and handling for toddlers. There is a parental handle ideal for carrying when little legs are tired or helping to push off on those first few goes. Themed, not in grown up black gloss but, in kids character favourites, these bikes are a winner. At just £54.99 from Toytastic they are affordable fun for active kids everywhere.


Spiderman Foot to Floor bike

Toytastic kindly sent me the lovely Spiderman version to test at Coombe Mill. With our purpose built ride on play area I knew this foot to floor bike would fit into the range perfectly.


Foot to Floor Bike in Play Area

Over the Christmas holidays it was put to the test by children as young as 1 and as old as 9! This little tot wasn’t too sure, but thanks to the stability of the big fat wheels, climbing off was easy.


Robot on the Bike

Then my nieces came to stay. One of them had the Frozen Foot to floor for Christmas and had brought it with her. They are light and easy to carry so perfect for taking away. The other quickly grabbed our Spiderman bike and together the fun began.


My nieces having a giggle on our new @toytastic bikes. A fantastic concept. Watch out for your chance to win one on the blog in January. #countrykidsfun #outdoors #outdoorsandhappy #rideonbike #toytastic #christmasholidays #pink #coombemill #laughter #kidsfun #curiouslittleexplorers #familyfun #countrykids

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They spent hours racing up and down the Coombe mill paths, climbing the grassy hills and generally wearing themselves out. These bikes are so sturdy I had no fear they would survive the challenge.


The Girls on the Foot to Floor Bikes

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Win a Frozen Foot to Floor bike

If you know a little one age 1 – 4 that would enjoy riding around on one of these bikes why not enter to win a Disney Frozen bike with oversized wheels for stability and Frozen character graphics of Elsa, Anna, Krisoff and Olaf.

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Foot to Floor Frozen Motorbike



We were sent our Spiderman foot to floor bike for the purpose of this review. All thoughts expressed here are my own. My confidence in the product is evident by welcoming the bike for holiday makers to use in the Coombe Mill ride on under 5’s play area.


Solving The Odd Sock Dilemma

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 - Fiona

You know the problem, put a wash on, take it out and bingo, there is a sock missing. How does that happen? Is it the sock eating washing machine, the house ghost or the wind that whirled it off the washing line and into the neighbour’s yard?  Odd sock problems are a curse in every household. This is precisely why a little present to solve the dilemma is the perfect gift for the person who has it all….. Apart from a matching pair of socks!


Odd sock hanger


Trust Prezzybox to hit on a cunning and stylish solution at pocket money prices.  Make the birthday boy or girl laugh for under a fiver with this fancy sock hanger. Perfect as a light hearted valentine’s gift being not too serious yet thoughtful. Easy to hang in a bedroom or laundry room and with the fun slogan and stylish design you can make hanging out your socks bedroom art!  


Pile of odd socks

Need to Know

  • Hanging rope
  • Made from MDF with fun slogan “single, clean and waiting for a mate”
  • Hangs 5 odd socks
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 28 cm
  • Price £4.99 from Prezzybox
  • Features rustic heart duo trinkets

Back when we had a Coombe Mill laundry room this would have been the obvious place for our sock hanger. Since all our properties now have their own washing machines and tumble driers I decided in the laundry room of Tree Roots was the best place. As a cottage sleeping 10 there is bound to be a lost sock to hang up at any given time!


Odd Socks in Tree Roots

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Odd Sock Hanger


We were sent out sock hanger for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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