Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 5th, 2015

1st year anniversary of Activity Hour at Coombe Mill

Half Term marked a full year of running activity hour here at Coombe Mill, I’m not sure where that year has gone or how we have managed to come up with so many ideas to entertain and delight the children at the end of the week but somehow we keep doing it. It has grown in popularity and even has its own purpose built tent now which has been so helpful on those soggy or windy sessions.  Finding something that will work on a school holiday week when the ages range from 3 to 12 isn’t easy but I find by combining a few ideas, some old favourites with some new activities, everyone can join in.


Half Term Bunting decorating


We began the hour with making bunting. This is something we have done before and shared a tutorial on how to make, however this time we gave painting the fabric as an option as well as felt tip with some lovely results. It has made a wonderful start to decorating our tent with a bright splash of colour against the white tent lining and the children really took their time over the designs.


Half Term Bunting decorating


From bunting to stone painting with pretty messages, paint and finger paint all from the children’s own imaginations. I had collected the pebbles from the beach and painted them in matte white emulsion so that either felt tip of paint could be easily applied for effective results.


Painting the Coombe Mill Rocks


I had been waiting for a group of older children to help me with the next task. Clio had donated her enormous discarded bag of loom bands so we could make bouncy balls.  The tutorial for how to make these can be found over at Red Ted Art on You Tube though believe me it is harder than Maggie makes it look. The older children and Mums and Dads really enjoyed the challenge and together we made half a dozen truly bouncy balls.


Loom Band Bouncy Balls


We cleared away the craft table and restored the table tennis net to test out the balls as ping pong ball replacements! It really did work and we had quite a tournament going on. 


Ping Pong with Loom Band Balls


Meanwhile for the younger children we set up a skittle run of tin cans from the recycling bin, while they struggled to make the balls they had no trouble throwing them at our cans castle. The weight of the balls soon knocked the cans down which kept us rebuilding them only to have the next child do it all over again while I moved the start line further and further away!


Loom Band Ball Skittles


Needless to say we overran our hour and easily managed to keep all age ranges occupied with our thrifty homemade activities, all of which would be easy to repeat at home.



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A few of my favourites from last week:

Herne Hill Mum came to stay with us at Coombe Mill and shares her week on the farm trying out several of our new wild adventures.

I've never thought of the RHS gardens for a day out but Renovation Bay-Bee shows what a delight they are.

This story of a 1st seaside trip really touched me from Parenthood highs and Lows making me realise how lucky we are to live near lovely beaches. 

With woolen fairies to seek out and binoculars to search with the National Trust makes these woods an adventure for Hayley from Home.

Portsmouth on a budget for Mad Mum of 7 made a great family mini break and a bargain too.

This zip wire from One Tiny Leap looks awesome. 

A special trip to the fire station makes someone's half term over at Chocolate is not the only fruit.

Daddy stepped up to the mark for someone to one beach time that turned into quite an adventure for Blogger Mummy Lauren.  

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall