Country Kids 15th July 2017

Posted on July 14th, 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 15.7.17

 Growing Ducklings 

Here at Coombe Mill our runner ducklings are almost big enough to be let out into Jurassic Park with the older ducks and chickens. For now they are enjoying their last few days of safety indoors… Well safe apart from being chased and cuddled each morning by the children that is!  This is just one of the highlights each day on the farm. I hope your week has been a good one and you have some exciting 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. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 14 posts.
  2. Karen from Stopping at Two who commented on 6 posts.

We have 1 guilty blogger 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. There was a distinct lack of comments all round last week, please be supportive, I know it is busy in the last weeks of term for everyone. 

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 July Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Helena Queen of Collage

Coincidentally my favourite posts of the week are from our two top commenters. Helena for her fun at the Flywheel festival and Karen for her gorgeous photos of her girls visiting the Lavender fields. Congratulations to you both going forward for a chance at the July Wellies. 

 

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 4950 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @sarahwileythomas @lanesendfarm @life_in_the_highlands @glampingorchard  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week from @sarahwileythomas @lanesendfarm @life_in_the_highlands @glampingorchard mentions for you all in my #countrykids link up tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Please keep them coming. #farm #cow #kidsplay #park #homegrown #corn #countyside #countrylife #momentstoremember #funtimes

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Discovering Cornish Pixies at Coombe Mill  

Posted on July 14th, 2017 - Fiona

Cornish pixies are not dissimilar to fairies. They are mythical creatures that originate from Cornish folk law and typically live in forests, moorlands or caves. With Coombe Mill having a forested Fairy garden and being located on the edge of Bodmin Moor we are well placed to host and entertain few pixies and I thought they would make a fun theme for our activity hour.

 

Discovering Cornish Pixies at Coombe Mill

Painting Cornish Pixies

We began by painting some Cornish pixie pictures. I always find it fascinating to see the different styles between girls and boys. Careful painting in pretty pinks and purples for the girls with bright colours merging to brown for the boys!

Cornish Pixie Paintings

 

Did you know we have Cornish Pixies in our fairy gardens? These children are just painting colourful pixies before going if to look for some. #pixie #craft #kidscrafts #coombemill #countrykidsfun #holidayfun #farmfun #farmstay # #funseekingkids #happykids #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures #explorerkids #wildandfreechildren #adventureisoutthere #freespiritedchildhood #painting #cornishpixies

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Making Pixie Cakes

Pixies come in a variety of colours but invariably feature wings. With painted hands cleaned up we were set to make some pixie cakes featuring colourful butter cream bodies and wings. I helped each individually with the knife cutting the cake while they chose and added the rest.

Making colourful pixie cakes at Coombe Mill Farm

 

When everyone had finished they sat in the sun on our Brug enjoying their creations.

 

Eating Pixie Cakes on a Brug at Coombe Mill Holidays

Pixie Play

Fuelled by cake, my pixie lovers jumped up to embark on some running and rolling down the hill just as they imagined a Cornish Pixie might play late at night when we are all asleep.  

 

We were practicing our Cornish pixie sprinting. #countrykidsfun #farmfun #holidaymemories #cornwall #coombemill #fungames #imagination #activity #kidsfun #pottyadventures #curiouslittleexplorers #funseekingkids #happydays #adventurethatislife #adventureisoutthere #lovelife #sprinter

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A Cornish Pixie Treasure Hunt

Over in the Fairy Gardens I had hidden 12 colourful Cornish Pixie pictures. The children were excited to hunt for them hiding in the bushes and amongst the trinkets in there.

 

Hunting for Cornish Pixie cards in the fairy gardens

 

They enjoyed the pixie hunt  so much that once we found all 12 pictures they asked if they could hide them all again for the adults to find. We duly obliged, twice, before they all lined up to show off the pixie cards we all had to find.

 

Cornish Pixies in the Fairy Gardens at Coombe Mill family Farm Holidays

Pixie clothes

Like fairies pixies are only tiny. I had a collection of clothes items our pixies had asked me to decorate for them and hang up for them to collect in the fairy gardens. With colourful felt tips the children helped to fulfil the pixies wishes. I hung them all up in the fairy garden as requested and suggested the children kept an eye on them to see if they were taken.

 

Designing cornish Pixie clothes

 

Each morning the children came up to me to say which items had been taken overnight. One by one they all disappeared. I think we have some very happy Cornish Pixies dancing round at Coombe Mill. The children are still waiting to see a pixie for themselves but the folk law lives on.

 

 

Have you ever come across a Cornish Pixie?

 

 

Country Kids


Country Kids 8th July 2017

Posted on July 7th, 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 8th July 2017

 Catch of the Day 

I don’t often talk about fishing here on the farm but we have 2 lakes that are not only beautiful but teaming with pond life and  fish.  I love this photo from a rather successful family fishing afternoon here on the farm. They look deservedly proud with their catch of the day.  Weather fishing is your hobby or you’ve had other family adventures in the great outdoors, I hope you’ll 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. Naomi from Trips with a Tot who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart and Dean from Mother’s Little Steps who commented on 10 posts.

We have 1 guilty blogger link dumping this week, please go back and share some comment love. 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 July Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Naomi from Trips with a Tot

The Elderflower Festival looks amazing family fun as shared by The Joy of Five .

Are We Nearly There Yet share their best open Farm Sunday I have seen .

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  4850 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from familieswyevalleycwmbran@mummyinatutu, @mojack1417 & @thebusymumnet. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week go to @familieswyevalleycwmbran @mummyinatutu @mojack1417 @thebusymumnet mentions for you all in the #countykids Link up on my blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags this week, some gorgeous lavender field and poppy field photos around too. Hope to see lots of you over on the blog from tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend with lots of outdoor fun. #sea #seaside #paddlingpoolfun #rockclimbing #lake #lakepaddle #outdoorlife #pottyadventures #funseekingkids #adventureisoutthere #childhoodunplugged #explorerkids #curiouslittleexplorers #adventurethatislife

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Minibeasts Real and Make-Believe

Posted on July 7th, 2017 - Fiona

So it rained and it rained but we didn’t let that stand in the way of an afternoon of fun with minibeasts. Remembering what a great afternoon it made last year I was keen to develop and adapt the theme to meet the needs of our little preschoolers this year. Retreating into the games room we set out the plans for our afternoon from crafts to outdoor exploring. We were determined to manage at least part of the afternoon outdoors and thanks to the natural umbrella from the canopy of trees over the fairy gardens and down near the river we managed it.

 

Minibeasts make-believe and real

Minibeast Pairs

Bearing in mind most of the children were just age 2 and 3 with a couple age 4 I wanted to keep the crafts easy yet educational and came up with an inspired idea for minibeast pairs. We played a game with my DIY cards so that everyone could practice colour matching. Then the children made their own card sets. As the minibeast bodies were just fingerprints it was easy for the children to do themselves with parents just helping the younger ones to add the legs and antennae.  

 

Making minibeast pairs cards for a game

Rainbow spiders

We set our pairs game on one side for the paint to dry ready for the children to take home and set about some friendly hand print spiders. They decided to make their spiders in colourful paints and not just black, I thought this made them look friendlier and welcomed the idea.

 

Making rainbow spiders as part of our minibeast studies. #coombemill #craft #holidayfun #farmfun #farmstay #childhoodunplugged #funseekingkids #happykids #craftykids #explorerkids #wildandfreechildren #makingmemories #freespiritedchildhood #learningthroughplay #learningbydoing #spider #spidercraft #minibeasts –

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Colourful critters

Finally we made some little colourful spider style critters from painted halved toilet rolls

 

Making minibeasts to go in a minibeast woodland world

 

A woven forest with minibeasts

We took our colourful creatures out with us to my woodland spider web down by the river and the children wove them into the web adding nature to make a minibeast forest.

 

Creating a make-believe minibeast world at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

After all our fun with make believe beasties it was time to hunting for some real ones. The Fairy gardens with our bug hotel are a perfect place to search with the added benefit of a canopy of branches overhead giving us protection against the rain.  Even though it was midsummer, the rain had made it dark and a combination of phone torches and magnifying glasses helped us to see.

 

Rain doesn’t stop play here. We’ve been out hunting for mini beasts in the fairy garden and bug hotel. #bughotel #minibeasts #fairygarden #kidsatplay #rainyday #countrykidsfun #weloveforests #outdoorsandhappy #holidayfun #coombemill #explorerkids #curiouslittleexplorers #funseekingkids #childhoodunplugged #freespiritedchildhood #adventurethatislife #1goodthing

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We lifted Farmer Nick’s stools and carved mushrooms to see woodlice, centipedes and worms all scurry away from the light.

 

Searching for minibeasts under toadstools in the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill

 

The children were fascinating moving from one location to the next. I was delighted that they were happy to pick them up and let them crawl across their hands. These little ones were quite fearless and full of curiosity. I’m sure our fun crafts beforehand helped.

 

Holding a worm as part of stuyding minibeasts

 

Have you studied minibeasts with children before? 

 

Country Kids


Country Kids 1st July

Posted on June 30th, 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 1.7.17

 Catching the Magic

 This little one is holding out her hands to receive a duckling from Farmer Nick. I love the first day of farm fun with our guests; the expressions and wonder at the animals is so special. While the activities continue all week, and the children grow in confidence, there is nothing quite like the magic of the first day. I missed that magic this week as Farmer Nick and I have been on holiday in Greece. Everyone seemed like experts when we returned for the feed run on Wednesday and what happened to the sun? We left in a heatwave and returned to rain. I hope summer will return over the weekend. Whether you have been sheltering from the rain or the heat, home or abroad, I hope you 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. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 22 posts.
  2. Clare from Mudpie Fridays who commented on 21 posts.
  3. Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 15 posts.

We have 1 guilty blogger link dumping this week, please go back and be fair to others, you know who you are! Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

On a more positive note huge thanks goes to Joy from Pink Oddy who not only commented on 9 posts but also shared many more on Twitter. Thank you Joy, your time was much appreciated. 

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. 

  

May Welly Winner

Congratulations to Helena from Queen of Collage Blog, who is our May Country Kids welly winner. Helena embraces outdoor fun and regularly spreads the blog love on joining in the linky commenting on many of your posts, she was top commenter last month this lovely visit to Roves Farm and starts July as top commenter again. 

 

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

June 17 winner Queen of Collage

 

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

Top Commenter: Helena Queen of Collage

Laylat al-Qadr in Ramadam is beautifully told with garden craft activities from Multicultural Motherhood 

A delightful post about the simple pleasures of fruit picking in the garden from Little hearts Big Love 

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 4700 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @debridgew@emma_lucym, @wavetomummy & @organisedjo. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week thanks to @debt idgew @emma_lucym @wavetomummy @organisedjo a mention for you all on the #countrykids link up on my blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags and so please keep them coming. The blog link up is live from midnight if you fancy joining in there too. Have a lovely weekend.

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