Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Crafts to suit age 2 to 12

Activity sessions on the farm have been running throughout the school holidays. It is only an hour on a Friday but turning it into a fun and effortless looking afternoon of entertainment actually takes quite some planning. Our sign up over the busy summer months has regularly consisted of a full A4 sheet of names with ages ranging from two to twelve across boys and girls. I pride myself in being able to create fun out of little more than what nature provides, but the number and age range can be quite a challenge. On this particular week I decided the best plan was to have a few activities in order to split the children into groups allowing everyone to swap crafts when they were ready. Pretty nature crowns, collages from nature and stick bow and arrows were our chosen selection. Having gathered everyone in the garden we showed our example crafts.


Crafts for ages 2 to 12


First of all we needed to find our materials as I had only provided paper, pens, glue and examples. The children were soon filled with ideas and inspiration for how they would make their crafts. They lead discovery tour purposefully towards the fairy garden. Here they began to gather sticks, ivy from the floor and interesting leaves and flowers. Venturing down by the river we added to our haul until our buckets were brimming with goodies from nature.


Collecting around the Farm


Heading back to the garden the children sat at the table according to which activity they had chosen to begin with. The old nature verses nurture debate came to a swift conclusion as the boys came to me to make bow and arrows while the girls chose to make headdresses with Kym or set to work with paper and glue to create a nature masterpiece. There were a few exceptions but even the girls making bow and arrows soon beautified their sticks with ribbons and flowers; so successfully in fact that many of the boys then embellished theirs too.


Making Crafts

I helped a few with how to hold and shoot their new toys and they were delighted with the results testing them over and over.


Helping with Archery

The girls looked like true princesses with the last of the summer flowers framing their heads.


Girls in their Headdresses


Animal and nature collages took on a personal touch with each revealing a little of the character of the artist. I was delighted to find a use for some of our alpaca fleeces at last!


Making the Collages


All in all we had a class sized party of children happily entertained in their foraging and making together. Age differences seemed to evaporate in significance just as with everything here on the farm, bigger children and adults helping younger ones in the most natural way. If only life could always be like this.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Day after day of beach fun from Lakes Single Mum 

Le Coin de Mel demonstrates the fun of outdoors at no cost

Pink Oddy took the boys off on a water adventure mine all adore

Walking talking Polly Pocket finds time for family fun at the park with a new baby 

Rainshinemamma shows how child lead learning in the forest can teach children so much





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