Posted on August 19th, 2017 - Fiona
A new sand pit has been a project I’ve had on the back burner all summer. Finally with the school holidays approaching and all our holiday cottages and lodges full I managed to bring this fun outdoor project to the top of Farmer Nick’s to do list. I have a full post to follow on the project and what this new feature replaced. However for today I wanted to major on the excitement of the sandpit contents. We have 5 shiny new mini diggers thanks to our play expert friends at Big Game Hunters. No sooner had the mini diggers been assembled and added to the giant sand pit than the children appeared creating imaginary games and digging for gold. If you have ever been to an adventure play park and seen the industrial version of these little diggers you’ll know what a draw they are for little ones. Personally I have lost count of the hours I have sat admiring growing mounds of sand and arbitrating over whose turn it is. If only we had these wonderful little diggers ourselves back then.
They have only been in for a week and already they have hardly been out of use. With the showery weather this month, having another undercover play area has been most welcome and very timely. I think this is going to be as popular with the preschool children in September as it has been for the school kids in August.
Mini diggers in a newly completed sandpit
Digging for gold in imaginary play
Building holiday friendships alongside sand mountains
If you have a sandpit in the garden I can thoroughly recommend one of these little diggers. At just £22.95 they are an affordable summer fun. For more on how we built the sandpit watch out for my upcoming post.
Posted on August 18th, 2017 - Fiona
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.
August Holiday Fun
The summer holidays are marching on characterized by sunny bursts and sporadic downpours here in Cornwall. The weather forecasters can’t get it right but it hasn’t stopped the fun here on the farm and I hope the same can be said for you. If you have an outdoor adventure to share, please join me on the link up below.
Guidelines for Joining in:
- Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
- Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
- Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
- Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
- If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
- Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
- Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
- I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
- By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
- There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
My top commenters from last week:
- Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 17 posts.
- Becky from Brightside Blog who commented on 16 posts.
- Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 13 posts.
We had 2 bloggers link dumping this week, so please remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.
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Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
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 August Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.
Flip Flops or Wellies explored the Tamar Valley from a different perspective as they canoed along the River Tamar.
Mud glorious mud, Truly Madly Kids know how to embrace messy play!
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Posted on August 18th, 2017 - Fiona
We have been experiencing a summer of sunshine and showers here in Cornwall. I thought we might take advantage of the changes in the weather and try our hand at some weather studies. It turned into a good beach day and many of the older children stayed out till late, but I had two eager younger visitors keen to learn and play for activity hour.
Bring the weather alive challenge
We began with a series of weather experiments which was just right for the children. They were full of curiosity and intrigue by all the things we had laid out and couldn’t wait to get started. At each station they had an activity to do and a weather type to guess. I think the rain and clouds were their favourites which they repeated over and over just for the fun of it. The tornado was a new concept to them but seeing the water swish in the bottle they soon understood how it could happen.
Making it rain through plastic cups with holes||
Simulating wind blowing into a windmill|
Spotting the rainbow reflected through the water in a glass ||
Spotting the rainbow reflected through the bubbles|
|Feeling fluffy clouds from alpaca fleece|
|Watching bubble clouds|
|Creating a sun shadow with a torch and a sheet|
|Simulating a tornado with water swished at speed in a bottle|
A DIY Rain Gauge for the farm
After working their way through all our interactive weather studies we set about making rain gauges together, taking inspiration from a post linked to my #Trash2Treasure linky from Charlie Moos. We used some colourful duck tape colours over the top of our cut plastic bottles so there were no sharp edges to hurt little fingers and used felt tip on pieces of paper to make the measurement guide which we taped to the side of the bottle.
Delighted with the finished results they decided they wanted to leave them in the fairy garden and pop back to check on them there each day as rain was in the forecast for the following day.
Creative hand painting
Back at the craft table we had a messy painting activity to show rain. By painting their hands grey and adding spots of blue down their fingers they created some beautiful printed rain pictures to keep.
Fair Weather Games
With a ready paddling pool of now bubbly water from our rain and bubble cloud experiments the children were able to wash off all the paint ready to end our afternoon with some fair weather games.
I already have an idea forming to expand my weather studies activity when we have a group of older children looking at weather forecasting, cloud formation and making a weather diary for the week.
Posted on August 14th, 2017 - Fiona
We love the fun ideas that pop up over at Prezzybox. If you are ever stuck for that awkward present to buy there is inspiration to be found there. Many of their gifts can be personalised and are quite unique meaning you can have that thoughtful present at the click of a button. This latest comic cushion is a great example. We have been testing out one branded as Coombe Mill but you can make yours bespoke to your recipient.
What we thought of the Comic Cushion
As soon as ours arrived, my kids instantly wanted one with their own names on. Given they are teenagers and impossibly hard to buy for at birthdays and Christmas I am keeping this as a serious idea. We are really impressed with the size and quality of the cushion. The colours are fixed as shown but they are eye catching and fun reminiscent of any good comic magazine. We showed it to some of our guests and they wanted one too, this cushion is seriously popular!
Our cushion has been placed in the Reading Snug in our Polzeath Holiday Lodge. It is super soft and comfy and ideal for our holiday makers to snuggle down with a book for some quiet time, or to read their favourite comic of course!
Need to Know Facts for the Comic Cushion
||Personalised to any name. Be careful on a long name, you’ll notice Coombe Mill stretches around the side making it harder to read than a shorter name.
||Faux soft suede
|| Blue dotted back and front with front bang pop out in red and yellow
||5.0cm x 45.0cm x 45.0cm
||Zip up Size
Win your Personalised comic Cushion from Prezzybox and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win one of these fun comic cushions printed with the name of your choice simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our Coombe Mill cushion for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on August 12th, 2017 - Fiona
This week, while my pictures are taken over the last 7 days, I’m actually talking about summer 2018 and some fantastic early bird discounts we have to share. When you have a young family, holidays to book at work and need to be organised, then getting ahead and booking a holiday well in advance can give you something to look forward to and take the pressure off last minute availability. If this appeals to you then read on as we have some cracking deals at the moment.
I have selected 4 of our properties in the mid price range and knocked a whooping £400 off the school summer holiday price for 2018. If this isn’t an offer worth shouting about I don’t know what is. We have never done this before but with BBC Breakfast TV unhelpfully putting down UK holidays this week and raving about Eastern Europe I thought it was time to fight back. If the possibility of airport delays, 40+ degree heat and worrying about falling ill abroad sounds off putting on your summer holiday then why not join us for all the fun of the farm, it really isn’t so expensive. At full occupancy this deal represents from £214 per person for a 7 day break (less than £30 per person per night). With farm rides, animals to feed, train rides, crafts and activities and acres of play areas we have a lot to offer. What’s more we have some pet friendly properties too so your 4 legged friend can join in the fun. Check out what others think on our Facebook Reviews and I hope you might pop over and bag yourself a bargain with us.
Willow and Honeysuckle cottages nestled in our lush valley. Perfect for those without pets and with young children
Water Mill dates back to the 16th Century. Quaint and quirky for families with older kids.
Inside Water Mill is a real fusion of old features and modern styling.
If modern and contemporary is more your style Eden lodge has the early bird discounts you need.
Check out the acres of space in the en-suite master bedroom
Enjoy the rest of your summer and remember our early bird discounts if you like to plan ahead for next year.