Crafts from Under the Old Oak Tree

Posted on December 1st, 2017 - Fiona

We have classic English Oak trees all over Coombe Mill. In autumn they shed their pretty leaves, twigs and of course acorns. We have already looked at acorn collecting for the pigs as part of our pig crafts, this week I decided to major on the old oak tree itself and crafts based on its autumn shed. We have a lovely big oak tree hanging over the Coombe Mill car park and fairy gardens so we didn’t have to go far for all the goodies we needed for our crafts.

Oak Tree Crafts

 

We began our session by splitting the group in two based on the different ages. The older ones were enjoying a farm counting game with dice from our education pages on the website while the younger ones used wax crayons to colour in hedgehogs as we would be making these later.

 

Farm Counting Game & HEdgehog colouring on holiday

Searching under the old oak tree

Before we could continue we needed to go off in search of acorns, twigs and oak leaves. It didn’t take the children long to spot them scattered on the floor of the car park and fairy gardens. In no time their pots were brimming and as the rain increased in intensity we retreated under the veranda of the games room to start creating with our scavenged floor finds.

 

collecting acorn leaves and twigs

Reverse leaf printing

Instead of just painting leaves, we arranged our leaves on the reverse of cereal boxes and loosely taped them down before dipping fingers in autumn leaf colour paints to paint around the edges. We used a scrap of the box to make the trunk the same way and then spray painted grass from watered down poster paint all around.

 

Making oak leaf collages

 

When the leaves and card board were removed a clever leaf print tree remained.  We set these on one side to dry and continued to our next craft.

 

Finished Oak leaf printed collage

Oak Tree Crafts  – Clay hedgehogs

I can’t remember when I last brought the pot of air dry modelling clay out for a craft session. Anyway it was the perfect medium to hold acorns and twigs in place as the body of our hedgehogs. The children moulded and remoulded to get their hedgehogs just as they wanted them. A great craft for all ages as they can be as realistic or alien as they want with no complicated sticking involved.

 

Making clay and nature hedgehogs

Oak Tree Crafts – Clay leaves

Most left us at this stage but the really keen stayed on to make clay leaves. By rolling an oak leaf onto the lay then carving around the printed edge and painting you have yourself a perfect reminder of autumn to keep all year round.  

 

Painting clay oak leaf

 

Despite the rain arriving we managed a full afternoon of outdoor activities to keep everyone busy. Thankfully the rest of the week fared much better. Just as well I had a few undercover crafts up my sleeve for the wettest afternoon of the week!

Have you tried oak tree crafts? 

 


Country Kids 25th November ’17

Posted on November 24th, 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 25.11.17

Because winter clothing makes happy outdoor kids

Here on the farm we have had a full on weekend with my 50th birthday celebrations. I was thrilled to have my great nieces and nephews down to celebrate with me. Thankfully they know the farm well and enjoyed their time outdoors as if it were summer thanks to some great little wellies and all in one suits. Don’t let winter weather keep you indoors, dress accordingly and embrace those outdoor moments away from central heating and indoor lighting.   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. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 13 posts.
  3. Sara from Mum Turned Mom & Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 10 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 November Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter this week: Lucy from Kids of the Wild

Herne Hill Mum and the family enjoyed a whistlestop tour of Wales with plenty of outdoor adventures.

Fireworks are always a great family activity and Ethan & Evelyn enjoyed a fantastic show at Hitchin priory. 

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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 7270 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @hantasker@belindawright83, @vickilynnseverson & @onemorethanthree. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week from @hantasker @belindawright83 @vickilynnseverson @onemorethanthree Thank you for all the lovely tags this week it’s great to see the #outdoorfun continuing at such a busy time of year for everyone . Happy weekend and remember #CountryKids will be live for blog posts from midnight. #countryscene #umbrella #waterfun #sunshine #riverswimming #skiing #outdooradventures #outdoorsandhappy #fridayoutdoorfun #childhoodunplugged

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Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Craft Keepsake

Posted on November 24th, 2017 - Fiona

I felt like I was due a lucky break, we had bravely fulfilled a few soggy activity hour sessions, dodging showers with wellies to complete our outdoor tasks and retreating into the games room for the crafts. This week we were blessed with a winter sun that felt more like summer and I was determined to make the most of it by collecting and using nature that wasn’t soaked through. An autumn scavenger hunt for nature’s treasures was my starting point and my mind was full of possibilities to make with our collected goodies.

 

Autumn Scavenger Hunt and Craft Keepsake

A treat to start

I had set out quite a challenge for little legs so we started by enjoying a homemade cookie for energy while I explained the scavenger hunt and handed out collecting bags and pens.

 

Homemade busicuits before a nature hunt

Autumn Scavenger hunt

We set off and in no time the children had spotted the first things on their list. Acorns and acorn leaves, helicopter seeds and sycamore leaves.

 

finding nature on a scavenger hunt

 

Encouraged by our early finds we wandered through the fairy gardens for more treasures and on across the farm path where all the children managed to tick off everything on their list. I think the elderberries and hawthorn berries were their favourite, they looked so juicy and ripe unlike the blackberries which really were looking end of season.  

 

Scavenger hunt on the farm

Hello from the animals

We had added the pigs and the chickens to our tick sheet knowing we would pass them, but the sheep and goats also came to say hello in the hope a branch might be spared for them. Finally we took the footbridge back across the open field to our craft station where we emptied out our treasures ready to make some autumn crafts.

 

Spotting animals on the farm in a scavenger hunt

Autumn Scavenger hunt leaf keepsake

The children chose an oak or sycamore leaf card with double sided tape to arrange their autumn scavenger hunt find on. It made a lovely keepsake of all the things they found from the sheet.

Leaf collage farm craft

 

Autumn Wreath

The remaining collected items were used to thread into paper plate wreaths. Here all the pretty berries and flowers made a colourful collection to hang in each house. A few pieces of autumnal coloured floristry ribbon completed the wreaths and the children left happy with their afternoons work.

 

Autumn wreath made from paper plate and nature

I can totally recommend a scavenger hunt as a way to motivate little legs on a country walk and learn about nature all at once.

 

 

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Country Kids 18th November 17

Posted on November 17th, 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 18.11.17

Winter grazing brings kids and animals together

Here on the farm we have let all the goats and alpaca out to graze the paths around the lake usually reserved for the tractor rides. The animals are delighted to munch on the leftovers of the summer growth while it saves Farmer Nick on Hay bills and strimming costs. The bonus for the guests is having the animals wander freely around with us on the morning feed run. This young lad was quite fearless striding on through them all on his way to the deer field, he certainly had an adventure or two to take home. I hope you have an outdoor adventure to share too 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. Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 9 posts. 
  3. Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 7 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 November Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter this week: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Top Commenter 04.11.17 (Appologies for not counting last week in time): Sonia from Mamma’s School

I’ve not visited the Tower of London in years, but this pot from Over 40 Mum to One reminds me how much there is to discover there 

Discovering you can eat every part of a plant might sound strange till you read this lovely post from Right from the start

 

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 6650 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mudpiefridays@itsagingerbreadlife, @kiddycharts & @_i3eckie. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week with thanks to @mudpiefridays @itsagingerbreadlife @kiddycharts @_i3eckie thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep the outdoor fun coming. Don't forget the #CountryKids link up is live from midnight tonight. #toddlebike2 #autumn #autumnsun #closeup #icecream #countryside #outdooradventurephotos #outdoorsandhappy #funseekingkids #fridayoutdoorfun #countrylife #childhoodunplugged #childhooddays

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Chickens move for winter days

Posted on November 17th, 2017 - Fiona

Last year, when the chicken flu scare came along, Farmer Nick spent his Christmas Holidays building an indoor chicken coop to comply with the government ban on free range chickens. It actually worked out really well and the chickens thrived in their winter quarters with luxury laying boxes and plenty of space. As he had built the coop so well we decided we might actually take them in this year by choice. The entrance path up to their field was starting to get boggy being trodden over through wet autumn feed runs which makes it easy to slide over.  We chose a busy Sunday morning with lots of eager helpers for operation chicken move.

 

Chickens Move for Winter Days

Practicing on the chicks.

We visited the chicks first for chicken catching lessons. The chicks are in a smaller coop already and easier to pick up than the adults, not to mention being smaller and less intimidating to the children. They mastered the art of chick capturing with ease which filled us with confidence.

 

Capturing and Cuddling Chicks

Moving the chickens

Next stop the adult chicken field. Farmer Nick let the children run around first feeding the ducks and chickens in the field to build confidence in everyone.

 

Chasing ducks and chickens in the field

Then they collected the eggs, enough for everyone to be rewarded for their help.

Egg collecting

Finally the kids tried their new found chick capturing skills on the chickens. Huzzah, a captured chicken ready to move.

Catching a chicken at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Most of the children preferred to cuddle the chickens into them holding their wings down so they didn’t flap. Farmer Nick did show them how to hold them by their legs and wait for them to stop flapping and hang still which is the easier way, but most were happy to just watch this.

 

Moving chickens to their winter home

 

Each with their own style the chickens were carefully moved from the field to their winter chicken coop.

 

Chicken entertainment and nutrition

We caught the last of the chickens the following morning and were greeted with our first eggs from those who had already spent the night there. The children added branches to their indoor toy. This will need refilling as part of our morning rounds throughout winter but it adds a little fun chore for the kids to the regular animal feeding and nutrition boost for the chickens while they are indoors.  

Bringing Nature Toys for the Chickens

 

It really is a ‘hands on’ experience holidaying here on the farm. Of course we could have moved the chickens on our own, but it is much more fun to allow the children staying to help out with our working farm activities.  

 

 

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