Country Kids 14th October 17

Posted on October 13th, 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. 

pooh sticks on Coombe Mill foot Bridge

Autumn is too pretty to stay indoors

Whether you love or loathe the fading daylight of autumn, there is no denying the stunning colours in the countryside and fallen treasures in the wind. Here on the farm we have been busy crafting with acorns and autumn leaves, looking at the changes in the weather and using the scattered debris from the trees as a ready supply for playing Pooh Sticks.  Autumn really is too pretty to stay indoors, grab your wellies and head on out. Don’t forget to share your fun 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 12 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 11 posts.
  3. Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin who commented on 10. posts.

We had no link dumpers last week so thanks to everyone who joined in. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

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 October Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter :  Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Otis and Us shares an adventure playground every child would love 

I do love a country show and the Malvern autumn show looks full of surprises as visited by Stopping at Two

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 6700 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @tammymumuk@mammasschool, @fredtedandcompany & @over40andamumtoone. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images this week go to @tammymumuk @mammasschool @fredtedandcompany @over40andamumtoone thank you for all the lovely outdoor fun photo tags this week . Have a great weekend and keep the fun rolling in. Don't forget the #countrykids link up will be live on the blog from midnight.

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Windsocks and cloud journals for weather Studies

Posted on October 13th, 2017 - Fiona

After a lovely activity hour studying the weather a few weeks ago I was determined to return to the theme as I still had plenty of ideas I knew our older children would enjoy. It turned out to be a good decision for two key reasons: We had a wide spread of ages and I knew my windsocks would work for everyone and the weather itself moved from threatening cloud formations to sunshine during the afternoon so we had plenty to see.

Windsocks and Cloud Journals for weather studies

Measuring wind with windsocks

Last time we studied the weather we made rain gauges, this time I wanted to try windsocks made to my own patented design.  We began by decorating a sheet of paper to wrap around an old plastic drink bottle.

Making & decorating wind socks at Coombe Mill

Next the children chose colours of floristry ribbon to make the floaty tail for the wind to catch. We fixed these through the end of the bottle by punching holes with a hole punch. Doing the same at the top allowed us to add string to hang them up.

Adding ribbons for the wind to catch on windsocks

The little ones took great delight in racing up and down with their windsocks gathering wind in their wake while the older ones perfected their designs.

 

We made windsocks and ran around to create our own wind. Weather studies are full of fun here. #countrykidsfun #coombemill #outdoorsandhappy #fun #kidsfun #holidaymemories #funseekingkids #adventureisoutthere #creativekids #homemade #imaginationart #windsock

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Weather experiments

There were so many children our hour was almost up by the time everyone had finished their windsock, but they were so keen to carry on we just went with the flow.  Splitting into two groups Amber led the successful weather experiments from a few weeks ago but made it more challenging for the older ones by encouraging them to say how the props could make each weather condition.

 

Weather experiements for kids at Coombe Mill Holidays

Cloud Journals

Meanwhile I took another group to make cloud study journals. I had the 4 basic cloud types printed in a chart and the children used this to make booklets to record the cloud formation each day for a week.

Making cloud journals on holiday

 

We sat down and looked up to the sky to see today’s cloud pattern. From nimbus earlier we now had cumulus and status cloud. Heading back to the table the children entered their first days cloud pattern to their journals.

 

Cloud journal for holiday learning

 

The non scientific weather forecast

 Will it be sun, rain wind or snow, you’ll have to play the game: I helped the children fold paper into a little game I remember doing myself as a child. I think we used to use them for fortune telling and silly statements, but I thought they would make fun weather predictors. The children added colours to spell out in the first layer and numbers to count on the second before writing in 8 weather conditions you could pick as tomorrow’s forecast. Lots of fun and arguably as accurate as the BBC!

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By the time the evening train came round the windsocks were still flying high. Letting them catch the wind from the train was a lovely idea totally inspired by the children.

 

Train ride at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

I wonder if any of them will go onto be weather forecasters when they grow up. It was top of my list as a child.

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


Country Kids 7th October 2017

Posted on October 6th, 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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 7.10.17

 Autumn Treasures  

Hope you’ve had a good week and seen the beautiful autumn sunshine we have enjoyed in Cornwall. After a fun weekend at Brit Mums Live in London I was thrilled to return to my countryside setting, catch up with my kids and indulge in some fun outdoor crafts scavenged from the farm floor as autumn sheds its load from the trees.  It is such a stunning time of year in the countryside, I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the wonderful autumn colours and fallen treasures too. I’d love to see you 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. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 19 posts.
  2. Jo from Where Jo Goes who commented on 18 posts.
  3. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 16 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. 

  

September Welly Winner

Congratulations to Jo at Mummy Needs Wine who is our September Country Kids welly winner. Jo enjoyed a week in August with us on the farm and wrote about her afternoon raft racing with us in Activity Hour. I really enjoyed seeing the magic of Coombe Mill from a guest perspective. 

 

Jo please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection and a UK delivery address. 

Raft Racing at Coombe Mill from Mummy Needs Wine

 

 

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

Top Commenter: Sara from Mum turned Mom

Where Jo Goes shares an amazing looking country park in Mexico I know my teens would love to visit.   

Still on the abroad theme Dutch Dutch Goose shares a cute dawrf adventure trail in Switzerland.

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 6590  posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @rjlrobinson@dancingdandelionsblog@lisaclarkphotographymildura & @_lauriesharp. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

This weeks featured images go to @rjlrobinson @dancingdandelionsblog @lisaclarkphotographymildura @_lauriesharp mentions for you all on the #countrykids link up on my blog live from midnight tonight. Thank you for all the lovely tags agin this week. Have a happy weekend and keep the outdoor fun coming. #snow #countryside #sunshine #sunset #shillouette #architecturephotography

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Brighton Pier for Teenage fun

Posted on October 6th, 2017 - Fiona

Take a bunch of teenagers away with you for a few days and trust me finding something that fires them up with excitement for a day out is not easy. However Brighton Pier has it all for my Cornish country bumpkins. From the food stalls, to people watching (largely other teens in far more way out clothes than themselves) to the ultimate amusement arcade and thrill seeking rides.

 

Brighton Pier for Teenage Fun

Pebbles on the beach.

It was an overcast day but that never dampens spirits for something as fun as Brighton Pier. Lunch on the pebble beach was the first stop. We have done this so many times in the past and ended up with soaking wet children from playing too close to the water’s edge. A real reminder of how much they are growing up when we finished lunch with a full set of dry clothes and shoes!

 

Picnic on Brighton Beach

Digesting their food and preparing for the pier involved stone skimming and acrobatics.

beach fun in Brighton

5 go wild on Brighton Pier

Next stop the pier. My kids have been so many times before but for Theo’s girlfriend it was a new experience. That said, we have only ever allowed them one or two rides each in the past as it is so expensive. This year I’m sure the prices have come down as we were able to get them £20 all day wrist band tickets to go on any ride they wanted over and over again.

 

Wrist bands for Brighton Pier

 

OK it cost us £100 for all 5 of them but I can’t express how much fun they had. We watched for a while as they twisted and turned, span and screamed.

 

Rides at Brighton Pier

 

Nick and I left them to their fun and enjoyed a quiet afternoon wandering through the lanes and side streets of Brighton.

 

Brighton Lanes and Marina

 

By the time we returned the kids were buzzing with excitement and reliving their favourite rides as we wandered back together.

 

Fun post rides on Brigton Pier

 

This will be one trip to Brighton pier that will stay with them for a long time to come.   

 

 

Country Kids After The Playground


Country Kids 30th September 2017

Posted on September 29th, 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 30.9.17

 Goodbye September   

Here in Cornwall September goes out as it came in, full of sun and showers. One day is like summer returned, the next like mid winter rain. Our trusty tractor and trailer goes out come rain  or shine delivering farm learning regardless. Fingers crossed you are finding some outdoor fun between the school runs and nursery 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:

  1. Becky from Lakes Single Mum who commented on 21 posts.
  2. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos who commented on 20 posts. 
  3. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 19 posts.

We have just one guilty blogger link dumping this week, Please go back if it is you. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

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 September Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Becky from Lakes Single Mum 

I’m a sucker for a lovely beach post. I love this family meet up from Little hearts Big Love.

Mummy from the heart shared a lovely seasonal post about fruit picking and apple pressing to make delicious looking juice. 

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 6510 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @emmyandthebears, @aarmajo@marley_and_us & @days_of_henry_and_florence. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week come from @emmyandthebears @aarmajo @marley_and_us @days_of_henry_and_florence. Thank you for all the lovely outdoor tags. Remember #countrykids link up is live on the blog from midnight. Have a lovely weekend and if you are at #BML see you there! #wedding #countryside #outdoors #funtimes #farm

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