Country Kids 29th April 2017

Posted on April 28th, 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 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Country Kids 29.4.17

Spring Fun 

Here in Cornwall we have managed to hold onto the sunshine all week despite some chilly winds. Farmer Nick is now worrying about the water supply to the animals, as we haven’t seen any rain for so long! However the worries of a farmer are not the worries of our guests who have been making the most of another sunny week with us.  Whatever your adventures this past week I hope you  can 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:

  1. Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 35 posts.
  2. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 30 posts.
  3. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 28 posts.

There were no link dump and runners again this week, a massive thanks to everyone for making this the second week running.

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.  

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

Top Commenter: Helena from Queen of Collage

OK so I may be a little biased but this post from Stopping at Two about Easter at Coombe Mill filled me with pride

Life at Cooks Cabin enjoyed a holiday just up the coast from us in Devon with some glorious happy beach days. 

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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 3300 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured #countrykidsfun posts of the week are from @jenni_isdancingintherain @franhigham @days_of_henry_and_florence and @isabelkingsford.wildlifestyle thank you for all the wonderful outdoor fun tags again this week. Please keep them coming and remember #countrykids is live for blog posts from midnight.

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My featured photos from the week came from @jenni_isdancingintherain @franhigham @days_of_henry_and_florence and @isabelkingsford.wildlifestyle Please do welcome these lovely folk to the #CountryKidsFun community and check out their profiles on Instagram if you are not already following. 

 

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Easter Farm Egg Hunt for Easter Sunday

Posted on April 28th, 2017 -

Easter day is a very special time to be with us here on the farm. We were completely full for Easter week and it was 90% regular Coombe Mill guests who know what to expect from an Easter Farm Egg Hunt. It is becoming a little like Halloween and Christmas where those in the know eagerly await the now familiar set of activities. However to keep it fresh, and keep the older ones on their toes, I always add a few new twists.

 

Easter Day Farm Egg Hunt 2017

Easter Farm Tractor Ride

The fun begins with an overflowing Easter farm tractor and trailer ride to feed the animals. We do our best to be full of new born animals for Easter. This year we have lambs and bunnies at the super cute stage and it was an excited group of children eager to meet them all.

 

Enjoying the Easter morning feed run #coombemill #cornwall #countryliving #countryside #tractorandtrailer

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After feeding the noisy pigs we wandered round to see if the chickens had laid us any eggs for breakfast. I couched in the coup to capture the children’s faces coming in and couldn’t resist this capture as a Chicken laid an egg surrounded by Oreo cream eggs!

 

Chicken with chocolate oreo egg

 

Many of the children were already whispering very loudly about hoping for chocolate eggs, having been before; however the excitement as they entered was as delightful as ever. My helper Guy was having quite a job restricting everyone to one egg each to ensure everyone had a treat to take away.

 

 

The Magic chickens have performed for us on Easter Day. #magic #easterholidays #easterchick #m agicchickens #chocolate

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Of course a few were eaten there and then!

Finding and eating chocolate oreo eggs in the chicken coup

Easter Farm Egg Hunt Preparations

I crept off as the Tractor and trailer continued on towards the other animals to set up the Easter Farm Egg Hunt. As a change this year I had clues for the children to find along with hidden eggs at every stop. I had successfully created a bunny Easter trail for activity hour a few weeks earlier and this was perfect to reuse for my Easter Egg Hunt, I even had an old bunny onesie I borrowed from one of my kids to lead the hunt.

Setting up the Farm Easter Egg Hunt 2017

 

With everything in place I rejoined the end of the feed run at the bunny rabbits.

 

Kids cuddling the rabbits

 

Farmer Nick announced the end of the farm ride and gave everyone  a 10 minute ‘heads up’ to return for my the Easter Farm Egg Hunt.

An  Egg Hunt in Two Halves

I have learned from previous years to split the group into under 5’s and over 5’s to allow the younger children a chance to find some eggs too. The older children knew they would have to patiently wait while the little ones hunted in ride on play area. For many this was their first ever Egg hunt and their little faces were a picture of delight and confusion at finding chocolate eggs all around them.  

 

Under 5's Easter Farm Egg Hunt

 

Finally it was the moment the majority had been waiting for. I explained they had Easter bunny clues to follow this year and that no one was to push ahead. I sometimes wonder whether just to do clues and let the children go round at their own pace and collect an egg at the end as the National Trust do, but the thrill of actually looking for the eggs themselves is what the children say they really enjoy.  So this was my compromise version. There were a few eggs at each stop with most hidden at the last clue.  Many were ready and waiting with Easter baskets as I read out the first clue!

 

First clue of the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Day

 

From here the children dashed from one clue to another but waiting for everyone at each stop before continuing

 

Easter Farm Egg Hunt 2017 underway

 

We covered from one end of the farm to the other climbing over and under and through play areas, the excitement and squeals of joy a delight to hear. The children took it in turns to read the clues out to the group before dashing on again.

 

Easter Farm Egg Hunt 2017 contiunues

 

Finally at the den building area my volunteer reader announced the final clue for the pirate boat.  The race was on; thankfully I had hidden enough eggs for everyone to have a handful.

 

Easter egg hunt fun from yesterday on the farm. #countrykidsfun #eastertrail #easteregghunt #excitedkids #childhoodunplugged #explorerkids #funseekingkids #adventureisoutthere #makingmemories #1goodthing #curiouslittleexplorers #easterday #happytimes #eaterholidays #farmfun #farmstay #coombemill #playarea #pirateboat #treasurehunt #happykids

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Farm Easter Egg Hunt on the Coombe Mill pirate boat

 

Time to take stock of their haul and enjoy a little chocolate snack!

 

Happy faces at the end of the 2017 Coombe Mill Farm Easter Egg Hunt

 

I may have ruined a few appetites for lunch, but it will be an Easter morning they will remember fondly.

 

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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
Content

Non fiction

 Lift up flaps

 Question and answer format

 Highly illustrated

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

 

 

Win your copies of Life on Earth from Quarto Kids with Coombe Mill  

Win 2 Life on Earth Books

For a chance to win BOTH of these exciting new titles in the Life on Earth series just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

2 Life on Earth Books from Quarto Kids

Disclosure

We were given our copies of the books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and options are my own honest view.

 


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

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. 

 

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. 

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 25th March:

  1. Hiedi from Him, Me & Three who commented on 28 posts.
  2. Merlinda from Pixiedusk & Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 26 posts.
  3. Clare from Mudpie Fridays who commented on 22 posts.

There were no link dump and runners this week.

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.  

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

Top Commenter: Hiedi from Him, Me and Three

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. 

Becoming a Stay at Home Mum  watched the confidence grow in her son as he climbed a tree leading to a star TV appearance.

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

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 3000 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.


My featured photos from the week came from @devonmamaonline@singlemahoy, @ciskoskids & @stoppingattwo. Please do welcome these lovely folk to the #CountryKidsFun community and check out their profiles on Instagram if you are not already following. 

 

#countrykidsfun featured posts this week from @devonmamaonline @singlemahoy @ciskoskids @stoppingattwo thankbyou for another week of gorgeous outdoor photos. Please keep them coming we have over 3100 posts now. #countryside #countrylife #familyfun #outdoorlife #countrykids #fairygarden #eaterholidays #magical #sunshine #adventurer #haybales #countrywalk

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