Country Kids 19th August

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. 

 

Country Kids 19.8.17

 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:

  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 17 posts.
  2. Becky from Brightside Blog who commented on 16 posts.
  3. 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.

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 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! 

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 5715 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @themumzilla, @trulymadlykidsuk, @michelletwinmum & @talking_mums. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week from @themumzilla @trulymadlykidsuk @michelletwinmum @talking_mums thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Remember if you blog about your outdoor adventures #countrykids is open from midnight. Have a lovely outdoorsy weekend 💕. #lake #loch #summersun #summerdays #outdoorsandhappy #explorerkids #funseekingkids #adventureisoutthere #outdoorsandhappy #wildandfreechildren #outdoorkids #lovelife

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Weather Studies for Mini Forecasters

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.

Weather studies for mini forecasters

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 making rain with cups
https://over40andamumtoone.com/2017/08/12/outdoors-fun-whatever-weather-countrykids/ Simulating wind blowing into a windmill
Spotting the rainbow reflected through the water in a glass  creating a rainbow through a glass of water - weather experiement science for kids
spotting the rainbow in the bubbles - weather experient science for kids Spotting the rainbow reflected through the bubbles
Feeling fluffy clouds from alpaca fleeceAlpaca fleece as fluffy clouds
bubble cloud weather experiment - science for kidsWatching bubble clouds
Creating a sun shadow with a torch and a sheetcreating a sun shaddow through a sheet
creating a tornado in a bottle - weather experiments for kidsSimulating 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.

making rain gauges

 

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.   

 

Placing rain gauges in the fairy gardens

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.

Easy rain hand print painting for kids

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.

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.

 

 

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Country Kids 12th August

Posted on August 11th, 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. 

 

Country Kids 12th August 2017

 Lie in or early riser? 

I hope your summer holidays are going well. I can’t believe we are half way through already. Personally I’m loving the morning lie in, though if you have young children this will feel like an alien concept. Whether you are up early or taking things leisurely,  I hope you’ll have a few adventures 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:

  1. Kim from Northumberland Mam who commented on 20 posts.
  2. Joy from Pinkoddy who commented on 18 posts.
  3. Michelle from Mummy From the Heart who commented on 16 posts.

 

We have no 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

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 August Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Kim from Northumberland Mam

The little Pip took advantage of an organised rockpool ramble at my local beach, Polzeath and came up with plenty of interesting finds.

I’ve seen lots of lovely posts from a soggy but fun Camp Bestival but my favourite was this one from Dear Mummy Blog.

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 5540 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @packetmixmum, @zenbabytravel, @peacockfeather & @mumfriendlyjo. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week are all about the water near and far with thanks to @packetmixmum @zenbabytravel @peacockfeather and @mumfriendlyjo thank you for all the tags again this week. Please keep them coming and remember the #countryKids blog link up from midnight tonight #water #seaside #beachfun #river #raftrace #awards #bluesky #holidayfun #lovelife #outdoorsandhappy #adventureisoutthere #rememberingthesedays #childhoodfun

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The cowboys and cowgirls came to Coombe Mill

Posted on August 11th, 2017 - Fiona

We may not have cattle here on the farm, but that never stopped a good adventure. I was admiring a post from Little hearts Big Love on Country Kids a few weeks ago where the girls had a lovely time in a DIY garden teepee and it reminded me I’d been meaning to do something Wild West themed for ages. The forecast was dry and I had a crowd of eager children keen to get involved as cowboys and cowgirls.

Cowboys and Cowgirls in the Wild West of Coombe Mill

 

I planned to take a few bamboo canes from the Welly Walk tunnel to make the frame, but I suddenly thought there might be something sturdier in the den building zone. Right over the entrance was the perfect wigwam of branches. I added a couple more to make our teepee larger and knew this would be stable and perfect for what I had in mind.

Cowboy and cowgirl costumes.

As everyone arrived and I explained the Wild West theme the children dug into my box of dressing up clothes, I had a few cowboy jackets and added some fairy dresses, there has to be a little poetic licence with little ones after all!

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We set to work making our cowboys and cowgirls hats with sheriff badges. I was thrilled with the results just from cut up cereal boxes and the kids loved them.

 

Making Sheriff Hats for Cowboys and cowgirls on the farm

Making the Teepee.

Our cowboys and cowgirls were all ready and eager to decorate the teepee I had prepared from a super-king duvet cover saved from our marked linen collection. As all our business bedding is plain white it was perfect for adding some paint. From cactus plants to cowboy hats, smiley faces to hand prints; the kids relished the messy play on a big scale.

Painting a wigwam teepee

 

We lifted the giant decorated cover and wrapped it around the frame I had embellished earlier, adding our Brug inside to make cosy seating. The kids soon piled in to listen to a story about the hungry beast of the Wild West.

A story in a DIY wigwam or Teepee

 

Talking of food made us all a little peckish; I had anticipated this and was armed with a batch of freshly baked cookies from my oven for everyone which went down a treat.

 

cookies for cowboys and cowgirls in the teepee we made at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

Refreshed, the children spotted my musical logs and began to create their own cowboy music.

 

Making music with nature here on the farm. #music #countrylife #countyside #nature #musicalinstrument #naturemusic #coombemill #countrykidsfun #holidayfun #farmfun #farmstay #coombemill #countrykidsfun #holidayfun #farmfun #farmstay #funseekingkids #happykids #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures #explorerkids #wildandfreechildren #adventureisoutthere #freespiritedchildhood funseekingkids #happykids #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures #explorerkids #wildandfreechildren #adventureisoutthere #freespiritedchildhood

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Back in the tent a caterpillar caught the attention of others as it climbed the trunk of the teepee.  

 

Catterpillar in the teepee

 

We left the children playing in and out of the tepee to enjoy the rest of the afternoon together. I was thrilled to see one little boy still wearing his cowboy hat as he left Coombe Mill the following day.

 When the cowboys and cowgirls came to Coombe Mill.

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Learning Through Play Time

Posted on August 5th, 2017 - Fiona

Last week I shared the fun of the school holidays here feeding the animals. This week the age range is a little younger, at least in part as I have my gorgeous ‘great’ niece and nephew staying.  Seeing the magic of the farm through their eyes and the play time with my children, their ‘big’ cousins, is wonderful. Despite my niece and her family living up in the North West of England, they love to come and visit us at Coombe Mill.

Never mind the age gap

We see my niece at least twice a year and the bond developing between the cousins is a delight to watch. The family connection negates the significance of the obvious age gap with my kids taking on a nurturing role. I wish I’d taken more photos over the week, but that’s always the way when my focus is on enjoying the time together. Still we had a happy week which will keep the all important bond alive until next time.

 

Time out from animal feeding for a little play time by the goat field whilst modelling the new autumn range from Blade & Rose

Learning through play time

 

Play time in the garden over the new series 4 Nom Noms making use of our handy Brug

Cousins bonding in play time at Coombe Mill

 

Hey cousins where are you?

Cousins bonding in play time at Coombe Mill

 

Not the best photo technically but an endearing rescue of a tired little cousin  at our lovely local pub at dinner time.

 Cousin love

Learning through play time on holiday

The daily activities here on the farm mean it isn’t just my own children and their cousins benefiting from holiday play time and friendships. The morning animal feeding, various play areas and afternoon play areas are all opportunities for children to come together. Learning here isn’t just about the farm, it’s about friendship, play time and a whole range of social skills.  

 

Becoming friends at play time on the pirate boat, a favourite play area while waiting for the evening train to arrive.

Play time on the pirate boat at Coombe Mill family Farm Holidays

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