Life Underwater Studies for Preschool Kids

Posted on June 9th, 2017 - Fiona

I feel like we have been so lucky this year with plenty of dry weather and if you follow my Country Kids posts you could be forgiven for thinking the sun always shines on Coombe Mill. However sadly this isn’t always the case and the rain caught up with us just in time for my life underwater studies. Thankfully it was warm enough to still be outside but due to the frequency of the showers I based our activities under the eaves of the games room. At least water was in the theme for the afternoon.

 

Life Underwater studies for Preschool Kids

 

We began with a gorgeous little mini game I’m reviewing from Orchard Toys at the moment as the children were the perfect age. It is called little bug Bingo and since many of the bugs were to be found on or around our lakes and river it felt like a good link. The children soon picked up the idea of the game taking it in turns to turn over the cards and match them to their place mats.

 

Play Orchard Toys Little Bug Bingo on holiday.

 

We moved onto a delightful story from Quarto Kids about life under the ocean. The children really took to this with the lift up flaps despite only being in black and white. There was a treat at the end as I handed out colouring pens and every one had a chance to turn the pages from black and white to colour.

 

 

We still have tadpoles in huge quantities in our lakes so we had a little look at the Frog life cycle using our bingo matching skills to place the elements of the frog life cycle into place

 

Matching game to understand the frog lifecycle

 

That was enough studying for my little ones and they were keen to see some real life underwater. In case we couldn’t get out on our underwater search I had brought a bucket of underwater life from the pond up to the table. The children crowded round to look at the tadpoles and water boatman swimming among the reeds in my bucket.  After a quick lesson in how to use a magnifying glass they were captivated.

 

Studing life underwater in a mini pond in a bucket

 

Underwater life seen through a bucket pond sample

 

I promised if the rain stopped we could all go to release them and see what else we could spot on the way. However first I had a fun fishing game lined up.  A bath mat became my pond with bracken leaves as fish. The children used sticky weed on sticks as fishing lines and had great fun trying to catch a fish. This is such a simple game we have used before and would be ideal to play down at a park or by a river too just by collecting things from nature.

 

Fishing game played with nature

 

Finally we had our break in the rain and set off with tick sheets showing life underwater in our lake and river. We spotted sticky weed and bracken in the hedges from our fishing game, stopped to look for fish swimming upstream on the bridge over the river and spotted plenty of tadpoles in the lake while I carefully replaced our bucket full.

Nature walk to study life underwater

 

There were plenty of tadpoles, carp popping to the surface and more bugs on the surface to tick off on our water life spotters worksheets

 

Studying Life underwater worksheets by the lake

 

We came back a different route stopping to check the frog hiding under the bridge.

 

Spotting the Coombe Mill frog under the bridge

 

I was so pleased we were finally able to complete our walk and the children could see the pond life in the lakes and not just in my bucket.

Life Underwater studies for preschool children

 

 

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Country Kids 3rd June 2017

Posted on June 2nd, 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 #30DaysWild along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 3rd June 2017

 Half term fun from the farm 

We began our half term with the most spectacular overnight Thunderstorm I think I’ve ever seen. It was great right up until the point I released it had taken out the WiFi in time for changeover. Thank goodness for paper back up or I’d have had no idea who was arriving or where! We were back online late afternoon and since then we have enjoyed a mostly dry and really quite warm week here on the farm. Our chickens are back free ranging with the ducks ( more about that tomorrow on the blog) we had an unexpected new born lamb and my own children have been hanging out down by the river with the older guests staying.  I hope your half term has been a happy one with 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.
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  • 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 17 posts.
  2. Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 16 posts.
  3. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Dean from Mothers Little Steps who commented on 10 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. 

  

May Welly Winner

Congratulations to Sonia from the Mammaschool, who always embraces outdoor learning and fun and has been top commenter last month with this lovely post about calming everyone with a beach trip. Sonia please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection and a UK delivery address. 

Country Kids welly winner for May

 

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

Top Commenter: Helena from Queen of Collage

West Country Mum has been studying the ocean with a lovely beach trip and a visit to the Sealife Centre 

Learning about Buoyancy led to an afternoon of garden fun in the sun with Little hearts Big Love 

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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 4150 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mummy_and_the_mexicans @him_me_three@jollyjilly58 @ladybirdsadventures . Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

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The Lostwithiel Festival or LostFest 2017

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 - Fiona

The beautiful old market town of Lostwithiel is a tourist attraction all year round with its quaint train station, river, antique shops and quirky boutiques along twisted narrow lanes. Once a year the usual peace and quiet is replaced by LostFest, the Lostwithiel Festival held each year for just one day. We have been before and loved it, as it is only half an hour from Coombe Mill and fits nicely between the morning farm run and evening train ride here.  A dry day makes all the difference and as the sun was shining we picked up a couple of Clio’s friends and Guy and set off.

 

The Lostwithiel Festival or Lost Fest 2017

 

I had forgotten how pretty Lostwithiel is in May with the wisteria draped over the old cottages.

 

Wisteria over Lostwithiel Cottage

 

Thankfully we had agreed meet up points as it was busy and the kids were off exploring while I was admiring the cottages. Delicious smells finally made everyone hungry and brought us back together after enjoying a good wander around the craft stalls with delicious smells from the pop up food stands around.  Nick and I couldn’t resist buying the giant Greek olives and sweet deserts we love for supper and I fell in love with a printed reversible skirt that even came in its own pretty reusable bag.  

 

Stalls at the Lostwithiel festival 2017

 

Food is a big part of the Festival and we were spoiled for choice.  Having older children with their own tastes and ideas we just sent them off with money to make their own choices while we enjoyed a Mexican feast watching the world go by down by the river. Here we reminisced on previous years when the children were younger and would play on the rope swing still hanging from a tree on the far riverbank.  Guy caught us up with ice cream in hand and announced that he was going to go and join the kids in the river.

 

Eating Ice cream at LostFest 2017

 

I barely had time to grab my camera and head up onto the bridge before I saw him taking over the rope and land in the river! I think at this point he wished his brother Jed had come along too; the pair of them would have been showing off for hours.

 

 

Without the girls wanting to go in he was soon out and swapping a t shirt for a hoodie and joining us watching a very clever crafter turn hazel sticks into flowers.  Nick and Guy watched with interest as each flower was made in about 5 minutes. My husband is all charm and even bought me one for £2 to see if we could recreate them from our willow bush.

 

 

Watching wood whittling at Lostwithiel Festival 2017

 

Meanwhile the girls had found the face painting tent and all came out with glittery moonshine faces.

 

Girls with facepaint at LostFest 2017

 

However they were less than impressed when Guy took to bashing them all over the head with his newly purchased inflatable hammer!

 

Blow up hammer at LostFest

 

We stopped to watch the classic Morris Dancing in the street before winding our way home after another lovely LostFest day.

 

Morris Dancing at LostFest 2017

 

 

Thank you all at Lostwithiel who work to bring this day together. It was a great atmosphere with some really interesting stalls and wonderful live entertainment. We are looking forward to LostFest 2018 already.

 

LostFest 2017

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Country Kids 27th May 2017

Posted on May 26th, 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 27.05.17 in the ducks and chickens

 Happy Bank Holiday Weekend 

After a shocking week in the country with the horror of the bomb at Manchester Arena , I am ready for a little fresh air and family time this weekend. Manchester seems to have touched everyone’s life in someway, even here in Cornwall I can’t help but reflect on the fact that two of my own boys were up at a concert in the arena just a few weeks ago. A sunny weekend and family time is just what we need.

On the farm the chickens are back out of their winter chicken house in the field with the ducks and our ducklings are thriving. It’s lovely to see the guests enjoying feeding them all and searching the field for the eggs. Whatever your plans this weekend, I hope you’ll pop by and share them 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 24 posts.
  2. Helen from The Princess and The Pickle who commented on 22 posts.
  3. Michelle from Mummy From the Heart & Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin who commented on 14 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 May Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Helena from Queen of Collage.

I’ve never been to the Isle of Wight but Mummy Travels makes it look very appealing 

Forest Schools sounds so like my Activity Hour here I can’t help but love what they do. The Helpful Hiker went along to a taster session to see what it is all about. 

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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.

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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 3950 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @bebe.voyage, @billieirelandart@westcountrymum & @themumreviews. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

My #countrykidsfun featured images for this week are from @bebe.voyage @billieirelandart @westcountrymum @themumreviews a mention in the #countrykids link up on the blog tomorrow for you. Thank you for all the lovely outdoor fun tags this week. Happy bank holiday weekend to all. #coutryside #countrylife #farmgate #sunshine #familyfun #beach #seaside #funseekingkids #pottyadventures #field #rememberingthesedays #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorlife #sandpitfun #happiness #familymoments

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Parrots and Pirates go on an Adventure

Posted on May 26th, 2017 - Fiona

During term time Coombe Mill is full families with toddlers and preschool children who are able to take advantage of our lower priced weeks. Planning activities they can all join in with is often a challenge, but a good theme helps. We have looked at pirates before and know how popular this is for little ones, but we wanted to add something new and decided to focus on every pirate’s best friend, the parrot. Parrots and pirates was the perfect toddler combination.

Parrots and Pirates go on an adventure

Colourful Parrots from toilet tolls

With our theme set the rest all flowed. I had some red painted toilet rolls left from making Chinese New Year Lanterns and decided these would make perfect parrot bodies. With help from parents we cut the toilet roll to make the head, beak and feet and then added coloured floristry ribbons for the wings and head feathers. Ta-da, beautiful parrots for little pirates.

 

Making toilet roll parrots

Pirates off on an adventure

I had planned to do some painting next but I could see the children were already becoming restless going off to play with my giant pirate palm tree so I decided to move onto our treasure hunt. We had newspaper prates hats planted on sticks that the children had to spot and collect to lead us to our treasure.

 

Finding pirate hats on a treasure hunt

 

Our trail took us through the fairy gardens where we had to spot the parrots in the tree.

 

Finding Parrots in the Fairy Gardens

Finding the hat to lead us out of the fairy gardens took a little time as there were plenty of distractions that we let the children explore. Finally we were on our way again and the children were now tuned to looking out for the hats and found them more easily. The last was by the pirate play boat where they began hunting for the missing treasure for my box. This was a great chance to combine play and treasure hunting all at once.

 

 

It was a long walk back for little legs so we had them finding a stick along the way. This was to form the oars for their own pirate boat. They climbed aboard with their parrots and the palm tree behind and rowed to home singing along the way.

 

 

Painted parrots everywhere!

After all that adventure time the children were ready for my parrot painting. Asking 1 to 4 year old’s to paint a parrot was clearly too tricky so we made them fun and easy with hand and foot prints.

 

Painting parrot hand and feet pictures

 

With warm bubbly water on ready in a paddling pool to clean up, painting parrots had never been such fun!

 

bubbles in the paddling pool

Capturing our parrot and pirate adventures in video

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