Nature Flags from a rainbow of summer colours

Posted on June 29th, 2018 - Fiona

I had been creating a giveaway post for a lovely set of Lonely Planet Kids books all about recording holiday memories. One of the double pages reminded me of our popular colour by nature activity last year. With a little twist on last year and inspiration from the book I had a new afternoon of creative fun mapped out turning a rainbow of summer flower colours in to nature flags with a little challenge at the end.  

 

Nature Flags from a Rainbow of Summer Colours

After a beautiful sunny week we had a rumble of thunder and a few humid spots of rain just as we were due to start. I quickly ran through the idea of hunting for every colour under the rainbow in summer flowers and using these to complete nature boards and decorate homemade flags.

 

Nature Rainbow and flag pages in Lonely Planet Kids book

Scavenger hunt for a rainbow of summer colours

Then we took our boards of rainbow colours and collecting trays and scoured the lawns, gardens and hedgerows for a little of every colour. I have to say early summer is perfect for finding rich purples, pinks and yellows, though we did struggle with black. A few old leaves from last autumn were deep shades of brown and red and almost black as was the odd feather.

 

Collecting rainbow colours in nature

We stopped to see if there was nectar in the honeysuckle yet, smell the last of the wild garlic and play with sticky weed; these are all nature activities I remember from my own childhood.

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Finally we took our brimming haul back to the craft tables. Thankfully the threatened rain never amounted to much. With a little sticky back tape we secured a sample of each colour to our rainbow pallet boards.

Making Rainbow coloured nature pallet

Lets get crafty with nature flags

Then with the creativity flowing we cut flags from old sheets and stapled them round collected sticks to make a flag.  Once the fag was formed the fun started. The children took their time designing their nature flags, taking account of heavier items near the stick to allow the flag greater movement. We secured their chosen designs with sticky tape and staples and added a few felt tip finishing touches.

Making rainbow nature flags

A crazy competition

I had a plan for our finished flags. We would use them on the crazy golf course in place of the regular flags and have a golf competition. I managed a quick snap of everyone with their flags before they chose a hole to make their own.

Rainbow Nature Flags for a game of Crazy Golf

 

Then the fun began. We counted number of shots per hole taken by everyone, and thankfully with no rigging from me everyone won at least one hole!

 

Playing Crazy Golf with rainbow nature flags

 

We untied the nature flags for the children to take home with them as a little reminder of a fun afternoon on the farm.  

 

Nature Flags from a rainbows of summer colours

 

 

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Country Kids 23rd June 2018

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

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Country Kids 23.6.18

Exams are over, summer stretches ahead 

We are now an exam free house with GCSE’s and A Levels all over. One of my boys will be working on the farm with us over the summer before staring collage in September and the other has gone to work with our local builder ahead of University. The triplets still have school until late July but I’ve noticed much less homework this term. We are looking forward to some sunny summer days and more relaxed family time.  Whatever your plans for the week ahead I hope it includes some outdoor fun and as always please come and join me with your adventures on the link up below.   

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My top commenters from last week:

  1. Joy from Pink Oddy who commented on 17 posts.
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  3. Claire from The Ladybird Adventures who commented on 0 posts.

 

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, sadly we had 1 link dumper this week leaving no comments, please only link if you are going to comment on others. 

A big welcome to Chic Geek Diary and Bee Dilly Doo who both joined Country Kids for the first time last week. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

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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!

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

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Herne Hill Mum had a lovely time exploring Norfolk

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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 10060 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos. My featured photos from the week came from @cardiffmummysays@lakessinglemum, @fancyphotozz and @jenni_isdancingintherain 

#countrykidsfun featured images week 90 with thanks to @cardiffmummysays @lakessinglemum @fancyphotozz And @jenni_isdancingintherain Thank you for all the lovely tags this week. We have now passed 10,060 in the collection. That's a lot of outdoor fun! Remember #CountryKids is live from midnight for all your blog adventures, hope to see you there too. Have a lovely weekend. 🎄🌞🍄🌿🌼 #outdoorfun #kidsoutdoors #outdoorsandhappy #CountryKids #fridayoutdoorfun #capturedmoments #lovelifeoutdoors #countrylife #summersolstice #happiness #countryside #tugofwar #goat #countryliving

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Father’s Day Craft Gifts Kids can Make

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 - Fiona

We have been enjoying the most beautiful weather in Cornwall and it has brought out so much pond life and bugs I had planned to study these in our activity hour. then I realised it was Father’s Day at the weekend and swapped my plans for some Father’s Day craft gifts the children could make.  

Father's Day Craft Gifts Kids Can Make

Dad Medals

I have learned over the years that preparation is key, especially with younger children who like to see crafty results come together quickly. With this in mind I pre-prepared our Medals with masking tape to make the word ‘DAD’ on pizza trays. All the kids had to do was choose how to paint, with which colours and get going. 

Painting Father's Day Medals

The tape on the polystyrene worked a treat. Originally I was going to use paper but when I tried it in advance the tape ripped when peeled. The polystyrene peeled perfectly as well as giving structure.

Peeling tape to reveal Father's Day Message

 

We finished the medals by poking a hole through the top with the end of a paint brush and treading string through for hanging the medal round Dad’s neck. The children finished at different times and used their waiting time for running and rolling up and down the hill in the sunshine.

 

hill rolling

Clay prints

Our next Father’s Day craft involved flattening chunks of air dry clay and making hand or finger prints in them then painting them as gifts. We had some lovely prints for the Dad’s to keep as well as a finger print flower beautifully painted.

Making Clay hand print gifts

Nature Ties

Even with little ones who can race through crafts I find three is all we manage in an hour. For our third craft we returned to a successful one from a couple of years ago: Nature Ties. With pre-cut tie shapes ready stuck with double sided tape the children just had the fun part of adding the nature.  I gave the children a choice of places we could visit to look for pretty colours of nature for their tie and they all chose the fairy gardens racing ahead to show me the way.

 

Nature hunt in the fairy gardens

When little hands were loaded we came back and spread out across the table and rugs on the grass. It was lovely to sit back at this point and watch the creativity unfold. There was some serious concentration of tie design and which petals and leaves should go where.

Making nature ties for Father's Day

I thought I was pushing my luck to bring them all back down from playing on the grassy bank for a photo with their crafts, but they obliged. It might not be perfect but it is true to life and I was thrilled with how well they all did, especially as the oldest was just 5 and the youngest just 2. I hope the Dad’s were as happy with their gifts as we were making them!    

Father’s Day Craft Gifts Kids can Make

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Country Kids 16th June 2018

Posted on June 15th, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

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Country Kids 16.6.18

 

A hot and muggy week, great if you are on holiday!  

What a blinder of a week we have had. Here in Cornwall it has been summer wear from dawn to dusk and a real joy for our holiday guests. My own boys taking their GCSE’s and A levels have been less than happy, I just hope the weather holds for them into next week when they finish. We even had to move the ponies to a new field last week as their water trough had run dry! Whatever your plans for the week ahead I hope it includes some outdoor fun and as always please come and join me with your adventures 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.
  • 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. Joy from Pink Oddy who commented on 20 posts.
  2. Jo from Where Jo Goes who commented on 19 posts.
  3. Kim from Northumberland Mam & Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 15 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.

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

Top commenter: Joy from Pinkoddy

If you’ve not yet read this post I warn you it is a tear jerker but beautiful from Little Hearts Big Love

Never has an old wooden boat looked so dreamy as in this post from Four Acorns  

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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. We crossed the 10.000 post mark with outdoor fun in this community today which I find really exciting. Thank you to all who join in. 

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Wild Gorse Flower Cakes Kids Love

Posted on June 15th, 2018 - Fiona

Clio told me back in February, as we wandered around the lake, that the bright yellow flowers on our gorse bush were edible.  I’ve been thinking about how to use them ever since. Then I saw a lovely post from Annette at Four Acorns who used them to make ice cream and I knew I had to try something. Ice cream sounded delicious but would take too long to set on an afternoon with the children here so I decided to bake wild gorse flower cakes with them instead. I tested a batch out on my own children first, and then happy that they were going to be popular with the holiday guests, I formed our afternoon activities around this idea.

 

How to Make Wild Gorse Flower Cakes Kids Love

 

We began with a walk over to the lakes where I knew there were a few bushes for us to raid. It was May and the flowers were nearly over. It was tricky to pick the flowers without getting prickled so the older children and grownups were in charge while the younger ones played on the lakeside play equipment.

 

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Back at the craft table with hands and gorse flowers washed the children helped me add all the ingredients into a big mixing bowl.

 

Wild gorse flower cake making

We divided the mixture into little cake tins and placed them in the oven.

gorse flower cakes into baking tins

 

While the cakes were cooking, the children created a little recipe cards. These had the cooking instructions and a few pressed gorse flowers.

 

Making wild gorse Flower Recipe Cards

 

Then they sat on our new picnic rug from Prezzybox and began to colour in the fun designs.

 

Colouring in the Prezzybox Picnic Rug

 

I think they could have been colouring away for hours if they hadn’t spotted me bringing out the trays of perfectly risen wild gorse flower cakes. I placed a plate of cooled cakes on the picnic rug and colouring pens went down as everyone tasted their baking.

 

 

I think its fair today they went down a treat. Foraging for edible flowers is a great way to encourage children on a country walk. Remember to take a container to bring your flowers home. Here is the recipe if you fancy giving it a go.

Recipe for Wild Gorse Flower Cakes 

Gorse Flower Cake Recipe

 

All the fun of our foraging and baking afternoon on video

 

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