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. 

Country Kids 1st April 2017 with girl carrying lamb

No April fool, we have lambs! 

So far *touches wood* lambing is going well for us. We have twins born this week, healthy and happy. Above the young girl is helping move one of them to our nursery field which is  fox safe and sheltered for their early weeks. Over on the blog I am looking back at our Mother’s Day crafts and activities on the farm. I hope you’ll pop by and have a look whilst sharing your own recent outdoor adventures on the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

My top commenters from 25th March:

  1. Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine who commented on 16 posts.
  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 15 posts.
  1. Heidi from Him Me and Three who commented on 15 posts.
  1. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 14 posts.
  1. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 14 posts.

We have 2 guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

March Welly Winner

Congratulation to Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who has won the March wellies with a lovely post about visiting Mottisford Abbey.

Helen, please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection. 

Kids in mud

 

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the April Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine

Early spring can be beautiful at the beach. Two Tiny Hands discovered a gorgeous empty beach and snow topped lakeside setting in West Cumbria

Hawkwood Estate provided some lovely natural woodland play for Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 2500 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @occupationmother@selwoodt@cagneyandlace & @mummyconstantPlease do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

 

 

My #countrykidsfun featured photos of the week are from @occupationmother @selwoodt @cagneyandlace @mummyconstant mention s for all in #CountryKids over on the blog tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who linked up this week. Please keep the outdoor adventures coming I do try to like and comment on each during the week. Have a lovely weekend and I hope it includes some family fun outdoors. #outdoorlearning #outdooradventures #wildandfree #wildchild #scooting #motorcycle #trialsbike #piggyback #piggybackride #countryside #countrykids #countrylife #countryliving

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With Mother’s Day approaching we decided to embellish our spring craft theme from half term into some Mother’s Day Flower Crafts for the children to make. I had warned parents ahead of time on the feed run of our theme and it was lovely to see so many Dad’s bring their children along to keep the crafts as a surprise for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day flower crafts for children

It was cold and windy outside so we set up the craft table in the games room. Our first task was to make the vases for our tulip flowers. We stuck Duck Tape Colours round the top of a cut out juice bottle before heading outside to find sticks for the stems and stones to secure the stems in place.

Children making flower pots for Mother's Day crafts

The fairy garden is always a draw for the children and keeping them on task looking for sticks was quite a challenge at times, but lovely to allow them a little time to wander round in there too.

Searching for sticks to make flower crafts in the Fairy Garden

 

From the fairy garden we headed down to the river where I knew there would be an ample supply of stones to bed the stems into place

 

Hunting for stones by the river to fill craft flower potss

 

Back in the games room we cut, stuck and painted our toilet roll tulips onto the top of our stick stems.

 

Kids making toilet roll tulip flowers for Mother's Day

Making Mother’s Day gifts in our farm crafts. I wonder if my own children will remember? #mothersday #craft #kidscrafts #creativekids #makingmemories #tulips #holidayfun #coombemill #farmstay #craftsforkids #mothersdaycraft

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From here the children moved onto making mother’s day cards with crepe paper flowers and painted stems.

 

A simple homemade Mother's Day Card craft

 

The younger ones were drifting off to play while the older children took their time over their cards. When everyone had finished we set off on a nature hunt. I have a trusted sheet of spring flowers that are always easy to spot on the farm. We took a bucket along to collect a few fallen petals too for our last craft.

 

Kids hunting for petals to make gift bookmarks

 

With our bucket overflowing and the rain starting we headed back indoors to arrange petals along a strip of coloured paper. The children headed over to the dressing up box to play while we laminated the strips of petal paper to make Mother’s Day flower bookmarks.

 

Children on the farm making bookmarks for Mother's Day

 

The children enjoyed their crafts and the Dad’s were great at helping me. I hope the mother’s enjoyed a rest indoors awaiting their surprise presents! I wonder if any of the cards were saved till Sunday?

 

 

Have you tried homemade flower gifts for Mother’s Day?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Learning through play

Roleplay is something that comes very naturally to children. They learn through playing, acting out what they see and creating their own games. Nurturing is in built in children and from cuddly toys to life like dolls the desire to look after a favourite toy is something that occurs very early on. Role playing families and being Mummy looking after my baby is something I remember from my own childhood. I still have my first Tiny Tears Doll, she was fully mobile and could drink and wee. Move on 40 plus years and Baby Born Interactive is the modern Tiny Tears doll but of course even better. Showing this life like doll with her 9 real baby functions to my younger self I can already feel the excitement.

Baby Born and Tiny Tears

 Featured of Baby Born Interactive

The 9 functions on Baby Born Interactive are all simple to operate, will excite little ones and parents will be delighted to discover no batteries are required! She can enjoy a drink from her bottle and eat her baby porridge from her own special plate and spoon. What’s really exciting is with the press of a button she can wee out her drink or poo out her porridge, using her potty or nappy of course! Baby Born interactive loves to be taken for a bath, but be careful to treat her gently or she may cry! Move all her limbs into a comfy sleeping position and watch her eyes close as she sleeps for the night.

Baby Born what's in the box

Putting Baby Born Interactive to the ultimate test

We gave Baby Born to some of our holiday guests to see what they thought of her. She was instantly a success with little girls showing empathy and social skills in sharing and playing with her.

Playing with Baby Born

I love this clip I captured of two little ones sharing their mummy chores out with Baby Born. A little more experience will definitely come in handy or baby will have quite a headache!  

Loving looking after baby together. Great social sharing, a little more baby practice needed! #roleplay #kidsroleplay #babyplay #kidssharing #babyborn #babyborninteractive #childhoodunplugged #doll #babylove #imagination #creativekids #beingmummy #playingmummy #babycare #childhooddays #capturethemoment #holidayfun #coombemill #learningthroughplay #learningisfun

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Need to Know:

Contents
  • BABY born® with body and hat.
  • 1 plate with 1 spoon.
  • 1 portion of porridge.
  • 1 baby bottle.
  • 1 potty.
  • 1 nappy.
  • 1 dummy with 1 dummy chain.
  • 1 birth certificate.
  • 1 friendship bracelet each for the girl and her doll.

 

Retail Price

 

£44.99 
Stockists
  • Amazon
  • Smyths
  • Toys R Us
  • Tesco
  • Argos


Win Your Baby Born Interactive with Coombe Mill and Zapf Creations

Win a Baby Born

If you fancy winning one of this wonderful life like interactive dolls just follow the instructions below. For more information on Baby Born Interactive and all other products in the range see here.

Good luck to all taking part.

Baby Born Interactive Doll

Disclosure

We were sent our Baby Born Interactive for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on the doll are my own.

 

Last week Farmer Nick came home with three new goats, who are settling in just fine with us. This week he left me a little box of pound shop chicks on my desk. He was in Plymouth with time to spare and randomly thought of my activity hour when he saw this little bargain box of 20 chicks in the pound shop within the Easter craft display.

Easter Chicks for crafts

 

I was thrilled; Easter is always such a fun time on the farm but with many regular guests returning I like to come up with different crafts each year.  The challenge was on to find a use for these dear little fluffy chicks. My immediate thought was little Easter baskets, some mini eggs and a chick inside. I took some coloured paper to test out my idea and I’m rather pleased with the result.

 

Easter Craft with chick in basket

 

I will add to this with some form of Easter nature trail to challenge the children as well as our famous Easter Sunday Egg Hunt. Now all we need for Easter is some baby chicks and sunshine. Nick is busy collecting eggs from our Rhode Island Red chickens that have just started to lay again, but sadly they won’t hatch in time for Easter. All is not lost though as we did have baby bunnies born earlier this week. Another couple of weeks and they will hopefully look more like rabbits than mice! However I do hope I’m not sharing too soon, rabbits make poor mothers and are inclined to give up on their brood for reasons known only to them. Fingers crossed for these little cuties.   

 

Baby bunnies born yesterday. #easterbunny #newborn #newbornbunnies #farmstay #farmfun #farmlife #coombemill #cornwall #cornishholiday #animallove #animalkingdom #magical #newlife #countrylife #babies #springbreak #cute #bunnies #rabbits #petscorner #pets

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We do still have a few spaces over the holiday weeks if you fancy joining in with our Easter craft activities as well as meeting our Easter bunnies and new born lambs. 

Do you have a special Easter craft or activity planned?

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. 

Country Kids 25th March '17

Farm Fun in Spring

Our Ewes are hopefully all pregnant and I am only early morning lamb watch each day. I have to say with the sleet and hail of last week I was crossing my fingers that our ewes were crossing their legs! The lovely ewe above is Ebony, our hand raised lamb of 3 years ago who is still super friendly and always happy to say hello. Have you spotted any spring lambs in the fields near you yet?

Guidelines for Joining in: 

My top commenters from 18th March:

  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 14 posts.

We have 3 guilty bloggers linking up and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Louise from Little Hearts Big Love. 

If you only have a small garden, this miniature pond from Acorn STEM could be just the answer

for a little inspiration on the things to do and discover in your local woods check out this lovely post from Four Acorns 

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 2300 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @leilajophotos@ethannevelyn, @kippersandcurtains and @itsagingerbreadlife  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

My #countrykidsfun featured posts this week from @leilajophotos @ethannevelyn @kippersandcurtains and @itsagingerbreadlife you all get a mention on the #countrykids blog link up tomorrow. Thank you for all the fab outdoor photo tags again this week. Lots of fun going on. Happy weekend everyone and enjoy the sunshine ☀️ #countryside #activekids #outdooradventures #outdoorsandhappy #childhoodunplugged #outdoorexplorer #curiouslittleexplorers #pottyadventures #kidsplay #learningthroughplay #puddlefun #natureplay #nature #kidsoutdoors

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A Personal Update 

Lucy from Kids of the Wild has been away from Country Kids for a few weeks, in fact offline completely. Lucy's world fell apart with a frightening cancer diagnosis for her beautiful daughter. You can read Lucy's first post about their ordeal here. I'm sure you will join me in sending love and prayers and positive thoughts to the family at this difficult time.

-Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

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