Country Kids from Coombe Mill
At Coombe Mill we have recently started an activity hour at 4pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here at Coombe Mill. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.
Quite a few people have asked me how to do certain activities that they’ve seen on my Country Kids posts in which I’ve posted about the activity hour, so I have decided to start a ‘How to’ post series to accompany the crafts that we have covered so far.
You can see the fun we had making these on Country Kids here
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Searching for items and making the wands was a good hour of fun here on the farm. It would also be prefect for a birthday party activity or a play date idea.
This is the first post in my ‘How to Make’ series, but watch out for more to follow. They will all be in my Farm Crafts category.
Every summer we love to go fruit picking at Pencarrow House and Gardens. It is only 15 minutes drive from us and we all love the raspberries there. However this year they are not tending the fruit or opening for PYO to the public. I have loved all the strawberry picking posts coming in each week on Country Kids and felt we were missing out. Then I remembered Trevathon Strawberry Farm which we pass on our way to the beach. Nick was keen to visit here too as we knew the owners breed wallabies and Nick was after some companions for our Bruce and Shelia. We set off with the triplets and one of Clio’s friends after an early lunch to give ourselves a few hours before the afternoon train ride.
We had no idea what to expect having never visited before and were delighted to discover free parking, a busy shop with farm goodies and gifts and a lovely looking restaurant where you could eat inside or out and which lead onto a play area and open meadows.
The children each took a punnet and listened to directions to the PYO fields. However it took us a while to get there as they ran off to play first.
The zip wire was huge and left Nick wondering how on earth they had passed this with their insurance company as it was bordering on dangerous with the huge spring back at the end. Thankfully there was sand and tyre chippings underneath as the triplets did fall, partly as they had ignored the instructions to go one at a time and all bundled on together!
The tunnel slide was equally popular; I rather fancy one of these for Coombe Mill
Finally we picked up our punnets and headed passed ripening fields of wheat to the strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries. We sampled them all before the children all opted for strawberries and Nick for gooseberries. There were plenty of strawberries to go round as the field stretched out for acres and each row was teaming with fruit.
Nick and I had time for a coffee in the sun and a look at the wallabies while the children continued to fill their punnets.
Finally they returned and we loaded our haul onto the shop counter. It came to £25 but we had a full afternoon’s entertainment and a lot of fruit to show for it so it felt like good value.
Back at Coombe Mill we set to work making strawberry muffins.
Designing creative posters in the sun the children planned to take these with the muffins to sell them at the train ride and round the properties after. Three trays of tempting warm muffins sold in no time.
The children stopped along the path for their own little feast, just to make sure they were as delicious as they looked. The strawberry chunks in the cake mixture tasted like chunks of the finest strawberry jam.
They happily shared their profits and requested the remaining punnets be made into another batch just for our family the following day.
I think we may just be returning to Trevathon farm next year.
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A few of my favourite posts from last week
Mummy Pink Wellies shares her first few days on holiday here at Coombe Mill
Sophie Is totally had me sold on doing a festival with the family from the photos here
Dining In made me smile with Grandad who is a big kid at heart
Let’s Talk Mommy has plenty of family fun in the sand and sea
Adventures of Jack discovers the magic of sun and water in the garden
Mummy vs Daddy make a picnic in the park so much more with a little improvising and props
Would Like to be always makes me smile with beautiful photos of her country girls
This week’s Gallery theme over at Sticky Fingers is Animals; not one I could miss with the wide range we have here on the farm. The children on holiday here are free to visit our animals all day as well as on our organised ‘Little Helpers’ session each day. This is a great opportunity for children and parents to ask Farmer Nick all about the animals, from breeds, to gestation periods and food types to safely. There is no end of questions born through interest and curiosity on the hour and a half tractor feed run each morning.
The experience children have here crosses very closely with part of the school curriculum and we have always encouraged this link through our printable education pages. Did you know we even have a pairs game on the website for children to play before or during their holiday?
Right now we are in the middle of updating our Coombe Mill education pages ready for the new school term and I’m delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the online educational experts Twinkl UK for this. They are putting their educational knowledge and resources into some bespoke printable pages from preschool to key stage two all based around nature and the farm animals here at Coombe Mill.
I’m sharing here just a sneaky preview of some of the delightful worksheets coming up.
Education is always easier with practical learning too, link that learning in a visual and relevant way and learning on holiday is fun. Please do pop back in September and check out our finished resources; they would be ideal to support a day trip to a farm park local to you as well as in preparation for making the most of a holiday here at Coombe Mill.