Posted on September 15th, 2017 - Fiona
We have had lots of fun this summer with raft races on the river. I wanted to keep the river focus for the group of older children we had staying as they had spent so much time body boarding from one end of Coombe Mill to the other during the week. I knew to keep their interest in activity hour we needed a river game, but I was also mindful of some little ones who would be joining us too. From learning about bones, to making our own stickman, dressing him or her and then sending them off on a zip wire adventure we had a wonderful afternoon of creativity and fun that met the expectations of all ages.
From bones to sticks
We began guessing the animals in my book of Bones which got everyone thinking about structure for stick man.
Then after a quick look at my demonstration stick man the children set off to find sticks and nature to build their own.
With the help of some string, and sections of one of my kids old toy story duvet cover, stick men were created and clothed.
A harness for Stickman
Once the stick men were completed the children set about colouring and fixing toilet roll harnesses ready for the stick man adventure down the river zip wire.
Bring on the zip wire adventure
when everyone had finished we set off for the river hoping our idea would work. To my delight our plan came together perfectly. The kids fed their stickmen one by one on to the zip wire while Amber and I held each end. The drop from the top of the bridge to the river edge was just enough to give stick man an exciting ride.
Each Stickman was cheered and had two rides. How tight the string was pulled and how heavy the sticks were affected the speed of each passenger.
From zip wire ride to river race for Stickman
We managed not to lose any in the water but I think the older kids were lightly disappointed at how slick the operation was. As they had wetsuits and body boards they were desperate to use I suggested we raced the stickmen bridge to bridge for the final game. The older ones would following them down in the water and rescue them at the end while the little ones could throw them off the bridge and race to the finish line along the river bank.
It was a perfect way to end the afternoon giving all the children the thrill they wanted. We left them all playing in the river. Only Guy complained at the wet bottoms on the train at 6pm where they had only just come out of the river to the train still in their wetsuits.
Fancy joining in our Christmas activity hour? Why not pop over to our Facebook Page and win your family Christmas here on the farm
Posted on September 11th, 2017 - Fiona
We are big fans of board games. They bring learning and fun together and provide a welcome break from online games and chat that preoccupies more time than I care to admit for my kids these days. Finding a game that really does encourage smart thinking, quick action, challenges spellings and vocabulary with all the fun and competitiveness you could want without breaking the bank, may sound like a tall order. Tall being the operative word in the fast paced Word Has It game from which really does have it all. If this has you curious, read on to find out more about Word Has It from University Games and how you can win one for your smart thinking kids.
Tall is best in Word Has It
The object of the game is to make words from a topic shown on the card drawn from the pack. A noisy Countdown timer gives you just seconds to build the tallest word you can on your plinth and win the round. You’ll need a reasonable vocabulary and ability to spell for this. On top you need to think and act fast to build your word and claim the letters you need. I’d recommend teams if younger children are involved or twice the timer length to finish their word.
What we liked
The timer rhythm gives a great sense of urgency and competition while the very nature of the game is perfect for practicing spelling, fast thinking and improving vocabulary. My kids found the game more of a challenge than they expected and now know that playing this will let them off household chores as I really value the educational benefits.
Need to Know
£19.99 (plus AA battery needed)|
Suitable for||Age 7 – Adult|
|Players||2 – 4 or teams|
36 category cards
4 extra time cards
4 any letter cards
43 stacking tiles
4 stage game base with integrated tension building audio timer.
Win your Word Has It from University Games with Coombe Mill
If you fancy helping your child to become a fast thinking good spelling vocabulary whiz for the new school term then just follow the instructions below for your chance to win a copy of Word Has It
Word Has It
We were sent our game for the purpose of this review. It can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room to borrow here on holiday. All thoughts and opinions above are my own.
Posted on September 9th, 2017 - Fiona
So September arrived in glorious sunshine. We waved off the last of our school holiday guests, cars loaded and faces sad to be leaving after a wonderful week or two here on the farm. It has been a busy August for us but so rewarding with some great extras like our Garden party and new sand pit with diggers. However I am now ready to resume a slower pace, enjoy our younger visitors again and watch nature do its thing with the autumnal colours. We are spoiled with beautiful scenery at Coombe Mill but the one scene that captured my eye this week is the River Camel as it meanders its way through the length of Coombe Mill separating the holiday cottages and lodges from the farm. From its source up on Bodmin Moor it babbles its way down through our grounds, on through Wadebridge town and out to sea at Padstow.
River Camel from Coombe Mill Bridge.
The children have had a wonderful time playing in the river this summer on body boards and damming the stream to divert the water from its natural course. We have used it for activity hour too with our nature raft race. The school children may have left and now be settling back in to the new term at school, but their work here has shaped my photos this week as the line of carefully carried rocks and pebbles that formed the dam is still visible.
Kids dam over the River Camel.
From the River to the pirate boat play area.
Come and fish the river here for Sea trout and Salmon.
I plan to return to scenes from the River Camel here at Coombe Mill over the next few weeks as the summer greens fade to golden russet colours and the fishermen come out in hope of catching a salmon. Summer may be my favourite season but I do adore the colours autumn as they play out in the reflections over the River Camel and lakes here at Coombe Mill.
If you fancy watching and listening to the beauty of the river for real then please do take a peek at our availability this season.
Finally if you are ready to think about Christmas, I have a Facebook giveaway running to WIN a family Christmas with us. Why not head over and put yourself in with a chance.
Posted on September 8th, 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.
Making the most of late summer
I refuse to call it autumn yet if even nature is suggesting otherwise so late summer it is! Getting outdoors after school is still an option despite the nights beginning to draw in and weekends still have summer warmth in the middle of the day. Fingers crossed you are finding some outdoor fun between the school runs with an adventurer or two to share 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:
- Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 20 posts.
- Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 14 posts.
- Emma from Bubba Blue and Me who commented on 12 posts.
Also a massive #CountryKids welcome to Helen from Talking Mums, who joined in for the first time this week!
We had 2 bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.
Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
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 September Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Anne from Raisie Bay
A farm visit is a great day out even if it rains as Life at Cooks Cabin discovered.
There is a lot to be said for simplicity in days out with kids. A quick beach trip can be just the ticket as Side Street Style shows
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 6195 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.
My favourite photos from the week came from @theseasonalchild, @overeastfamilyfarm, @packetmixmum and @genuineplacebo84. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following
A quick heads up about my Facebook Giveaway. If you fancy spending a family Christmas with us here on the farm head on over to our page and enter to win!
Loading InLinkz ...
Posted on September 8th, 2017 - Fiona
It is years since we have held a traditional summer garden party at Coombe Mill and we decided on a whim about a month ago to plump for the last week of the summer holidays after rediscovering photos of our last big garden party in celebration of the Royal Wedding. We still had some late availability so it felt like a good way to give the week a little bonus push. What we could never have foreseen was the glorious bank holiday weather that would make the day a huge success.
I spent the previous day preparing by baking cakes and shopping so there would be plenty of food to go around. Nick and the kids set up games, bunting and the bbq on the morning and were ready to relax on the lawns with our guests by the afternoon.
Garden party games
In true local farm style the big attraction was the tractor pulling. We knew this would be a bit hit having tested it in the past for the kids birthday parties. We simply had two tractors with rope, a start line and a finish line and the kids had to race them over the finish line.
Even when the team events finished the children delighted in steering while parents dutifully pulled them along.
Even the little ride on tractors came racing alongside their parent counterparts.
Splat the rat was next on the popularity list. This age old game never ceases to appeal to grownups and kids alike.
The teens spent hours playing badminton tournaments taking advantage of the beautiful still day
Even the little paddling pool, giant 4 in a row and tin can alley were all in use.
Food and drink for all
Playing games in the heat proved to be hungry work and Farmer Nick’s BBQ soon had people drifting over for a drink and a bite to eat.
I think my garden party cakes and toasted marshmallows were the food highlights for the kids. They were very patient waiting for me to cut into the cake.
Friendships to last the holiday
For me the highlight was seeing everyone making friends, young and old alike. Friendships blossomed as the sun set over the valley. Kids ran in groups while adults chilled out with wine.
Choo Choo it’s 6pm
There was huge excitement as the train made it’s evening appearance, no one could miss out as the railway line ran right though the middle of the party.
The fun continued until the light began to fade and the dew set in. It was a lovely way to start the week and the weather was simply perfect. I’ll have to make sure I don’t leave it as long to run the next Coombe Mill garden party.
Our next big party will be Christmas Eve. If you fancy joining us for that why not pop over to our Facebook Page and Win yourself Christmas on the farm.