Campfire and bark rafts down the welly walk.

Posted on August 3rd, 2018

So what to do with a group of preschoolers at the end of a week on holiday in the heat wave? The group was boy heavy and I knew crafts in the sun weren’t going to excite them. They needed to be active and somewhere cool. I knew just the place where we could light a campfire, make and sail bark rafts and be at one with nature. 

 

Campfire and bark rafts down the welly walk.

 

I prepared a back pack with everything we would need and we headed off to the farm to follow the Welly Walk Trail.

 

Welly Walk adventure

Bark Rafts

A walk is always more fun with a little challenge. In this case the children were looking out for a tree with loose bark, a twig and a large leaf to make little sailing rafts. I have to say credit for the idea goes to an Instagram photo from Louise George.

 

Welly walk collecting bark and spotting frogs

 

The children hung onto their raft pieces as they came through the bamboo tunnel out into the open clearing at the end of the welly walk.

 

Bamboo Tunnel on Welly Walk

 

Here we assembled our rafts and floated them in the stream under the shade of the trees. It is such a beautiful cool place to be on a hot day.

 

Sailing Bark rafts at Coombe Mill

Many faces of an old oak tree

Next we made nature faces on the tree with pieces of air dry clay as the base. Sticks, moss, acorn shells and leaves gave the faces their unique features.

 

tree faces

Campfire

The children settled to a little colouring of our lovely picnic blanket and bag while we lit the campfire. I must say in all the time I’ve been making campfires this was by far the easiest thanks to the long dry spell we had been enjoying.

 

Campfire and colouring

 

The sight of the marshmallow packet soon had pens being dropped and children crowding round.  There is nothing quite like a campfire to spark imagination. One little one told me as he left this was the highlight of his week!

 

All that marshmallow eating is thirsty work. Thankfully I had anticipated this and brought squash and cups along.

 

Drinks in the shade on the Coombe Mill Welly Walk

Catch those bubbles

Revived the children jumped up to chase bubbles.

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While the Grandparents sat and watched the stream

 

Grandparents watching the stream

 

There was even time for a little turn on the rope swing before heading back for the evening train ride.

 

rope swing on the Coombe Mill Welly Walk

 

It was a perfect way to spend a hot afternoon shaded from the heat of the sun on holiday. The cooling stream for a little paddle when needed was an added bonus.

 

 

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