30 Second Books designed for Curious Kids

Posted on December 4th, 2017 -

Children are naturally inquisitive about the world we live in. Science, geography, maths, art and history house some amazing subject that leave kids asking why. Sometimes explaining how rainforests work, what makes the earth go round or how life was for the Vikings can be a challenge. Trust Quarto Kids to come to the rescue with a whole series of books aimed at inquisitive older kids with a thirst for knowledge on interesting topics. Kids’ 30 second books are packed with fascinating facts and bite size summaries on all the most popular topics delivered in a pacey informative style. If you have a child with a thirst for knowledge there is bound to be a book in the collection to suit. Read on to find out more and be in with chance of winning 3 books of your choice from the range.

30 second books designed for curious kids

About 30 second books

Each book is filled with a 30 second readable fast fact section on each page, complimented with mini challenges and 1 sentence summaries. The graphics and illustrations are fun and colourful and remind me of the perfect revision tool for learning for exams, but on a junior scale. As a parent you will be impressed with the content and delivery, as a child you’ll be fascinated by the explanations and easy referencing. These books really deliver on every level and would make a wonderful collection. Priced at just £7.99 each it is an affordable purchase too. I’d say they are perfect for children age 7 to 11.

30 second book series

Need to know


96 quality gloss pages per book
Illustrated throughout

Publishers Ivy Kids – part of the Quarto Group
RRP £7.99 per book
Recommended Age 8+
Stockists: Quarto Online, Waterstones, Amazon
Book Size: 180mm x 230mm (7.087in x 9.055in)


Win any 3 books from the 30 second book series from Quarto with Coombe Mill

If you fancy kick starting your child’s bite sized topic collection with any 3 books in the series why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

30 second books from Quarto


We were sent 4 books from the range for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. You can find the Coombe Mill copies in the games room bookshelves to borrow on holiday with us.

Nature Tells Me Christmas Is Coming

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 -

As we turn the calendar and enter into December I hear shouts of Christmas from every direction. However I don’t need the John Lewes advert on TV, the decorations in the shops or the fairy lights in the gardens to know that Christmas is coming. Even if I were cut off from the world, down in our little Cornish valley without all of these things, I would still know. Nature would tell me. The deep reds in the leaves that signify the end of autumn, the vivid greens that come only from evergreens and the mistletoe and holly berries that appear in the hedgerows and the robin that watches me on the fence. These are the signs that December is here and Christmas is coming.  My weekly photos this week share some of these signals from nature.


Holly berries are out in abundance over the river.


NAture tells me Christmas is coming. Berries on Holly


Frosty mornings with a low lying sun.

frosty morning with a low lying sun over Coombe Mill in December


Just a few deep red leaves clinging onto a wintry branch.

red leaves in December reminds us of Christmas in nature


A robin watches over everything on the farm.

Christmas robin


The last of the autumn colours glistening in the distance reminds me of Christmas lights.

Log store iat Coombe Mill n Nature inspired Christmas Lights

What are the signs that Christmas is coming for you.

Is it the commercial indicators or something more subtle that triggers the Christmas buzz within?   

Country Kids 2nd December ’17

Posted on December 1st, 2017 -

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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 2.12.17

 Hello December

Where has the year gone? Somehow it has and we are officially in Christmas mode here on the farm. December is when the decorations go up, the local towns and villages come to life with twinkling lights and visits from Santa and all things Christmas are officially welcomed. If you have been enjoying the outdoors, perhaps a Christmas market, Christmas light display or Santa visit please come and share with me on the link up below. Remember it’s important to enjoy the excitement of Christmas with the kids and not become too wrapped up just the stress of  present buying and house tidying. 

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:

  1. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 9 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love who commented on 8 posts.
  3. Sonia from Mamma’s School & Laura from Side Street Style who commented on 6 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with no link dumpers so a pat on the back to you all! 

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.

November Welly Winner

Congratulations to Mary from Over 40 Mum to One who is our November winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Mary has been joining in with Country Kids since it’s beginnings back in 2012 and I’ve enjoyed so many of her posts over the years as Monkey has gone from toddler to growing school boy. This winning post is from  a visit to the Tower of London and just goes to show there is a little green and plenty of outdoor fun even in the heart of the city. Mary, do DM or email (mail@coombemill.com) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 



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

Top Commenter: Emma The Joy of Five

It’s beginning to look like Christmas: The Joy of Five has been to Winter Wonderland and now I want to visit. 

Four Acorns have been enjoying the first snowfall which must mean Christmas is near.

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Crafts from Under the Old Oak Tree

Posted on December 1st, 2017 -

We have classic English Oak trees all over Coombe Mill. In autumn they shed their pretty leaves, twigs and of course acorns. We have already looked at acorn collecting for the pigs as part of our pig crafts, this week I decided to major on the old oak tree itself and crafts based on its autumn shed. We have a lovely big oak tree hanging over the Coombe Mill car park and fairy gardens so we didn’t have to go far for all the goodies we needed for our crafts.

Oak Tree Crafts


We began our session by splitting the group in two based on the different ages. The older ones were enjoying a farm counting game with dice from our education pages on the website while the younger ones used wax crayons to colour in hedgehogs as we would be making these later.


Farm Counting Game & HEdgehog colouring on holiday

Searching under the old oak tree

Before we could continue we needed to go off in search of acorns, twigs and oak leaves. It didn’t take the children long to spot them scattered on the floor of the car park and fairy gardens. In no time their pots were brimming and as the rain increased in intensity we retreated under the veranda of the games room to start creating with our scavenged floor finds.


collecting acorn leaves and twigs

Reverse leaf printing

Instead of just painting leaves, we arranged our leaves on the reverse of cereal boxes and loosely taped them down before dipping fingers in autumn leaf colour paints to paint around the edges. We used a scrap of the box to make the trunk the same way and then spray painted grass from watered down poster paint all around.


Making oak leaf collages


When the leaves and card board were removed a clever leaf print tree remained.  We set these on one side to dry and continued to our next craft.


Finished Oak leaf printed collage

Oak Tree Crafts  – Clay hedgehogs

I can’t remember when I last brought the pot of air dry modelling clay out for a craft session. Anyway it was the perfect medium to hold acorns and twigs in place as the body of our hedgehogs. The children moulded and remoulded to get their hedgehogs just as they wanted them. A great craft for all ages as they can be as realistic or alien as they want with no complicated sticking involved.


Making clay and nature hedgehogs

Oak Tree Crafts – Clay leaves

Most left us at this stage but the really keen stayed on to make clay leaves. By rolling an oak leaf onto the lay then carving around the printed edge and painting you have yourself a perfect reminder of autumn to keep all year round.  


Painting clay oak leaf


Despite the rain arriving we managed a full afternoon of outdoor activities to keep everyone busy. Thankfully the rest of the week fared much better. Just as well I had a few undercover crafts up my sleeve for the wettest afternoon of the week!

Have you tried oak tree crafts? 


The Son of Bigfoot out now on DVD

Posted on November 27th, 2017 -

A loveable family animation to enjoy at home from Studio Canal and nWave pictures is now available on DVD and digital download. The Son of Bigfoot is set to be a family favourite this Christmas time and the good news is you can order it right now.  To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of The Son of Bigfoot on DVD in an amazing family bundle with The House of Magic, A Turtle’s Tale & Robinson Crusoe. If you fancy finding out more about the new Bigfoot release and winning yourself this awesome bundle then read on.


win 4 fab titles including The Son of Bigfoot

A taste of what’s in store in The Son of Bigfoot

 Follow the young teenager, Adam, as he sets out to discover the mystery of his long lost Dad who turns out to be no other than Big Foot himself. The newly acquainted Father and son start making up for lost time together and Adam soon finds out his has inherited some of his father’s magical powers.  Just as well as they will both need to use all their superpowers as they are challenged by HairCo, the organisation chasing Bigfoot and unknowingly helped along by Adam. 


The Son of Big Foot


Follow Father and Son on their adventure, let yourself be swept up in the story and clever animation designed to keep the whole family on the edge of their seat.


Shots from the Son of Bigfoot Film

Need to know facts for Son of Bigfoot on DVD

Released: 20th November 2017
Distributor: StudioCanal
Animated by: nWave Pictures
Price: £5.99
Certificate: PG
Run time: 88 minutes
Available: Amazon


Win your family DVD bundle featuring The Son of Bigfoot DVD 


Win these four titles including The Son of Bigfoot


If you fancy stocking up on home entertainment classics this Christmas why not enter to win this amazing bundle for your family. Just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

4 DVD bundle from StudioCanal


I have not seen a copy of the films myself or been paid to write this post but the giveaway is provided for Coombe Mill blog readers with thanks to StudioCanal.