Life on Earth Discoveries for Kids

Posted on April 24th, 2017 -

Children are inquisitive by nature. They love to explore with all their senses and ask questions at every turn. What parent doesn’t grow tired of “but why” from a toddler or endlessly shout “be careful” as they explore the world around them through active play? As children grow so their minds develop and their quest for knowledge increases. Quarto Kids specialise in finding books that fulfill this need to learn in children in an engaging and identifiable way. We have been checking out the first two books in a new non-fiction series under the umbrella heading of Life on Earth. These are Life on Earth: Human Body and Life on Earth: Farm.

Life on Earth Books

Life on Earth: Human Body and Life on Earth: Farm

Aimed at children in the early years of school, these books are designed to appeal to a curious mind. They tackle 100 frequently asked questions in each book with over 70 interactive lift – flaps for children to open. Written by Heather Alexander and illustrated by Andres Lozano they are eye catching and informative without being over complicated.


Questions and answer flaps

What we thought of the Life on Earth Books

The children on the farm are always a good judge of whether a book is going to appeal or not. We had a look at the farm book as part of our activity hour. These were younger preschool children and while their attention span was more limited than an older child, they still managed to identify things from the pictures and when I read the corresponding words they were interested enough to lift the flaps and find out more after a week of farm learning here. I think these books make an excellent reference to support learning on a theme.

Kids reading the book

Need to Know

Book formatHardback

Non fiction

 Lift up flaps

 Question and answer format

 Highly illustrated

Retail Price£9.99
Available fromQuarto Kids (link)
Books in series2



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Friday is our little Hero  

Posted on April 22nd, 2017 -

What a busy week we’ve had on the farm. A 3rd week of school holiday fun, a third week of Easter crafts and overflowing feed run tractor rides and very successful Easter day Egg hunt. However, the highlight of the week, if you were to ask the children, would be playing  with our little hero Friday the lamb.

Born on Good Friday, his name was an obvious choice. I kept him quiet last week as I wrote my weekly roundup of news as I honestly didn’t think he would survive. His mum had given him up for dead in the field, caring only for his twin sister. I am a compete softie and if there is a chance, no matter how slim, I will fight to save an animal. I took him in and wrapped him up by the boiler, with the help of my eldest son to hang onto Mum I managed to expressed the first few all important ounces of milk and forced the little lifeless bundle to drink it. Mother’s milk really is a miracle, within 3 hours he was lifting his head and by the end of the day had joined me in the games room for our Friday activity hour. If Easter Egg crafts weren’t  his thing, having an audience help him stand for another feed certainly was.

So Friday spent the next 2 days in the house with me and the kids  before  taking over as everyone’s favourite farm animal this week.

A typical day in the life of our little hero Friday

Join the morning tractor ride

Looking after the lamb on the feed run

Chill out with his friends the rabbits and the children who stay and mother them all.

Our little hero Friday the lamb being bottle fed in the rabbits


Bleat when he needs a bottle and hop on a train the evening train ride before perfecting his GTA play station skills with my teens in the evening. OK so this isn’t the best photo ever, but it makes me smile.

play station playing by out little hero Friday the lamb

He has a lovely straw bed in our greenhouse overnight surrounded by mint and rosemary; no mint sauce jokes please. After a good nights sleep on a full tummy he is ready to play again in the morning.

Firday our little hero lamb being carried from the farm

It’s not such a bad life being Friday the lamb!

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Country Kids 22nd April ’17

Posted on April 21st, 2017 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

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Country Kids 22nd April 2017

Reflecting on the Easter Holidays

So the Easter holidays are finally at a close for all of us. My own kids went back to school on Tuesday but the farm is only just quietening down again today as we have been full with school holiday children for the past few weeks. I will miss the buzz of the children running around, the endless volunteer helpers with the animals and the enthusiasm for all our crafting fun and activities. With the most amazing Easter weather to top things off, it will be an Easter break with happy memories from here on the farm.  Whatever your adventures this past week I hope you  can join me on the link up below. 

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We have been enjoying egg hunts here on the farm and it looks like many of you have been doing the same out and about at organised events. When plans fell apart to meet up with friends, Mummy Shire needn’t have worried, her resourceful daughter took things in hand and created a magical family egg hunt in the garden. 

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The Mama Story returned to her daughter’s “happy place” for a lovely family day.

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Easter Egg Crafts and Surprises

Posted on April 21st, 2017 -

I feel like I have really made the most of Easter this year with our holiday guests. We have done bunny crafts, chick crafts and this week was the turn of Easter egg crafts.  I had my fingers crossed for the weather as I wanted an Easter egg hunt with a difference in the fairy garden and this was the only afternoon all week with rain in the forecast! 


 Easter Egg Crafts and Activities on the FArm

Magic Easter Bunnies.

The fairy garden is wonderful for so many of my activities and treasure hunts and this week I had an extra Easter surprise for the children. I had told them all they were making toilet roll bunnies that had to have their name on and Guy was going to take them to the fairy gardens for me and hide them. The fairies had a little magic planned for the children, but they would have to wait to discover this.


Making toilet roll Easter Bunny Egg holders for an Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Bonnets

Guy collected up all the bunnies and left. Meanwhile we moved on to making Easter bonnets with decorated Easter eggs, bunny ears and nature.  Double sided sticky tape is the magic tip to making everything stick, including all the petals and flowers from outside.


making Easter bonnets with nature and card

Easter Eggs for the fairies

With bonnets complete we set about painting Easter egg shaped fabric to hang in the fairy gardens for the fairies. Poster paint works really well on plain white cotton and it is a great use of our old marked sheets from the business.


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The children carefully carried their painted eggs and handed them to me in the fairy gardens where I pinned them up to make bunting for the fairies to enjoy.


Hanging Easter Bunting in the Coombe Mill Fairy Gardens

An Easter Egg Hunt

I think the children had quite forgotten the bunnies they made at the start of the afternoon. Now that the Fairy Easter Eggs were all hung up I suggested they go and find their bunnies. There were squeals of delight as they found their bunnies and discovered a caramel chocolate egg inside.


Finding Easter Eggs in homemade bunny containers in the fairy gardens

A Surprise Easter lamb

This should have been the end of the afternoon’s entertainment. However we had a surprise visitor with us. An abandoned lamb found that morning had made an amazing recovery in the house with me and joined us for our afternoon fun. The children were thrilled to help feed him a bottle and stroke him out on the grass. This little fellow is soon going to become every holiday maker’s new best friend.


Stroking and feeding Friday the lamb during activity hour


The children were still wearing their Easter bonnets that evening for the train which I took as a sure sign of a fun afternoon and that forecast rain never happened.



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Bob the Builder Dig This

Posted on April 17th, 2017 -

Bob the Builder has been a favourite in our home for all my boys growing up. I remember our trusted Bob the Builder dressing up outfit being passed down my boys before finally ending up in our games room for the holiday guests here to enjoy.  Day trips out always included clambering on anything Bob related for a photo. From tractors and Trains to diggers and dumpers, boys love to get involved. Whenever Farmer Nick has his Digger out on the farm, there is always a little boy desperate to watch or sit on the seat. It’s great to see a character that has stood the test of time and still as popular as ever today.  When we received our copy of the new Bob the Builder Dig This DVD there were no shortage of volunteers to test it out for me.  

kids and bob the builder

What to expect from Bob the Builder Dig This

Follow Bob on seven fun adventures as they dig the foundations for a new skyscraper in the brand new business area of Spring City. However things are never straight forward when digging, as Farmer Nick knows only too well. What will happen when Bob uncovers some ancient roman remains? Watch the new DVD to find out.

Bob the Builder DVD

So what did we think?

I think this picture speaks for itself, after a busy day out playing on the farm, Bob the Builder still holds his magic, just as he did for my own children years ago.

Kids watching Bob the Bulider

Need to know:

  • Dig this
  • Saffi’s Treehouse
  • Out of the Woods
  • Stormy weather
  • Bear Mountain
  • Bentley’s Bones
  • Home on the range

Abbey Media


G: General Viewing

U: Universal

Run time:

Aprox 77 minutes




  • Amazon
  • HMV Store

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We were sent our copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review, it can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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