Learning about Farm Animals

Posted on July 15th, 2016 - Fiona

Learning about Farm animals is something the children do each day here at Coombe Mill. Without even knowing, kids are discovering new things right from the tractor feed run on the very first morning. Not only is this a social event and a chance to make friends, but the endless questions to Farmer Nick confirm that the children are naturally interested and curious about the animals they are helping to feed and care for. This week I decided to cement some of the learning with a few fun tasks at our Friday activity session.

Learning about Farm Animals on Holiday.

Activity Hour learning about Farm Animals

 We began with a cute little story about a baby deer and her Mummy who embarked on an adventure across a stream and up a hill. It could so easily have been at Coombe Mill and the children were soon enthralled after meeting our baby deer in the mornings.   

The Farm Animal Story

After the story I snuck in a little twinkle worksheet from our education pages learning about farm animals by matching the food to the animal.   

Filling in the work sheets

That was enough sitting time for my little tots so we headed out on a scavenger hunt. Each child was tasked with finding 4 twigs and the most interesting flowers and leaves they could find ready for our animal themed crafts.

Collecting flowers around the farm

Relocating to the outside craft tables we spread PVA glue on our bunny and chicken shapes and stuck on the collecting nature treasures.

Making nature rabbits and chickens in activity hour this afternoon #craft #kids #nature #chicken #rabbit #education #forestschool #coombemill #countrykids

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Next we used the sticks we had found together with toilet rolls, tissue paper and duck tape to make sheep.

Bah bah rainbow sheep have you any wool? Crafting on the farm today. #sheep #craft #kids #kidscraft #ducktape #toiletrollcraft #countrykids #animalcraft #farm #farmcraft

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The black and white ones were just like our Jacobs sheep here on the farm while several children chose to make some’ Bah Bah Rainbow Sheep’ using some of the fun duck tape colours.

Making the toilet roll sheep

We finished up walking over to the rabbits, each child carrying a carrot for them to eat. The rabbits duly obliged and came over to the children to nibble on their offering and allowing them a final cuddle of the day.  The children had a wonderful time whilst recapping learning about farm animals from the week.

Visiting the bunnies

Learning about Farm Animals at Coombe Mill

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 8th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Little Girl lTractor Driving with Farmer Nick

The joy of helping Farmer Nick to drive the tractor and trailer for the morning animal feeding.

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky with a simple objective for healthy kids of mind and body:

“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 #30DaysWild challenge and National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

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.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
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  • Link 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.

Thank you to my top 3 commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on a whopping 30 posts this week – thank you so much!

2nd Heidi from Him Me Three commented on 28 posts this week – also really impressive

3rd  Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too commented on 14 posts this week

Do check out their posts too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

Disappointed to see that the, ‘link dump and run’ culprits went up this week from 4 to 6 with plenty more not following the few rules above. Please pop back here to rectify if this was you last week.

 

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

Posts from last week in with a chance of the July Rockfish Wellies:

My most commented post going through and also carrying the Country Kids badge is Sarah of Boo Roo and Tigger Too with fairground fun

I loved this summer Santa visit from Sara of Mum Turned Mom  

This crafty skittles game from plastic bottles is a great garden activity from Samantha of Chocolate and wine and I’ll be fine 

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Pond Dipping with Pre School Children

Posted on July 8th, 2016 - Fiona

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The summer weather has brought out so much wildlife on the Coombe Mill lakes and river I was keen to run an activity hour session introducing a little pond dipping and river life into our play. Glorious sunshine in May and early June had given way to rain this week, thankfully it dried up in time for our activities but any study of the river was out of the question as it was racing through Coombe Mill at close to flood levels.

Very High River at Coombe Bridge, Cornwall

Undeterred I had a plan of activities using the more tranquil lake and a DIY safe pond whilst talking through river safety.

Pond Dipping and Water Life Study for Pre School Children

We began with a sweet little storybook about a fish and his friends.

Reading a story about fish in the sea

Nature Fishing

From here we set off on a scavenger hunt for bracken, sticks and sticky weed to play nature fishing. This is something I did a couple of years ago and knew it would be perfect for toddlers.

Collecting Sticks and Sticky Weed

Our story rug was transformed into a pond with bracken fish. Sticks became fishing rods with stick weed as the line. It is such a simple activity but perfect for preschool age as it encourages creativity, imagination and counting.

Fern Fishing Game in Activity Hour at Coombe Mill

Pond Dipping


When every fish had been caught we put together our pond scopes. These were simply made with plastic bottles, cling film and loom bands. With these, some identification sheets of things to look out for and a fishing net each we set off over the river towards the lake. Crossing the footbridge everyone took a look at the raging river, but this was as close as we dared go.

Making Pondoscopes and walking to the Coombe Mill Lake

Our two lakes are a fair size and ideal for serious fishing. However Nick built a launching pad for HMS bath tub last year and this was a perfect spot on the slipway for our pond dipping. We could see boatmen and pond skaters zipping across the surface and the nets gave the children a chance to trawl a little deeper.

Fishing with nets in the lake


I had prepared a little micro pond for our pond scopes to avoid anyone peering into the lake and toppling in. Felix had helped me in advance to fill a paddling pool with buckets of lake water, then launched me off in HMS bath tub to trawl deeper in the lake. I knew we had some water mini beasts for the children to find in our micro pond.

Pondoscape and Lake fishing


The excitement of turning stories and play fishing into real pond dipping and finding waterlife was palpable. I was thrilled with how well the pond scopes worked and when the children found something in their nets they took it over to the micro pond for a closer look under their pond scopes.

We made pond scope and tested on a paddling pool full of lake water. #pond #pondscope #countrykids #ponddipping #water #waterlife #lake #lakelife

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Pond Life Craft

Once everyone had found something on their pond dipping sheets we headed back towards the games room. My final activity was painting trout. We have fresh water trout in our top lake where we were pond dipping as well as in the river. On a calmer day we could have watched the trout swim through under Coombe bridge. I had pre-cut the trout shapes and stuck them to paper plates. The children then painted on the river or pond and pulled away the cut out fish to reveal their trout.

Painting Trout for activity hour kids crafts


It was a very busy afternoon for the children with so many activities, but they never once looked like they were flagging.



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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 1st, 2016 - Fiona

 

Feeding the Goats on the Coombe Mill Feed Run

A real Country Kid happily feeding our Pygmy Goats this week

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I have been running this linky for over 4 years and would love you to join in. The objectives today are the same as they have always been:

“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 #30DaysWild challenge and National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

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.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  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.
  • Link 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.

Thank you to my top 3 commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 18 posts this week

2nd Ali from Dragons and Fairy Dust commented on 17 posts this week

3rd Karen from Two Tiny Hands commented on 14 posts this week

Do check out their posts too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

Disappointed to see that the, ‘link dump and run’ culprits went up this week from 3 to 4 with plenty more not following the few rules above. Please pop back here to rectify if this was you last week.

Welcome to our new  members joining Country Kids  for the first time last week, lovely to see you here and please join in again. 

Welcome to Love All Dads for joining in for the first time this week with a fab post about finding Pooh Bridge

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

Congratulations to Merlinda Little of Glimmer of Hope who has won the June Wellies with this post about allowing risk at the beach.  Merlinda has also been my top commenter for June, sharing the blog love with so many of you in the Country Kids community.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the July Rockfish Wellies:

My most commented post again from from Glimmer of Hope who spent their week admiring the flowers in bloom.

Little Button Diaries enjoyed a day in the sun picking Strawberries. 

Dragons and Fairy Dust went searching for Osprey at Kielder Water and Forest Park. 

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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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The Launceston Steam Rally

Posted on July 1st, 2016 - Fiona

A Steam and Vintage Family Day Out

There is something quite special about a day at a country fair. From the Grand Royal Cornwall Show to the little town events, they all have something to offer for a family day out. We have been to the Launceston Steam Rally before and the triplets had fond memories of falling off climbing ropes and trying to ride backward facing bikes. After a quite check on their website, it didn’t take much persuasion to return once more on a beautiful sunny day.

Family fun at the Launceston Steam Rally

If I’m honest Farmer Nick is the leading force behind our visit. He loves to see the old tractors and admire the vintage cars and as the boys have grown up they have come to share in his appreciation. I must say I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but I do find some of the old American cars quite fun.

Cars and Tractors at the Launcestion Steam Rally 2016. A fun day out From Coombe Mill elf catering holidays. Cornwall

New for 2016 was a tractor pulling challenge. To me is was plumes of smoke and dust and plenty of engine noise, but Nick and the boys spent ages watching each display of strength.

Tractor Pulling

I prefer the vintage model steam fair where there are some wonderful fairground displays full of character from years gone by.  

Musical circus world at the Launceston Steam Fair #circus #minature #modellife #fair

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Clio had her friend with her and while the boys studied machinery and I watched the model fairground they perused the craft and food tents.  The lure of pretty jewellery and delicious fudge and chocolate samples kept them quite happy.

Girls Attractions at the Launcestion Stream Rally. A fun family day out from Coombe Mill. Cornwall

For the children, the only real disappointment was discovering that their favourite fun stalls from last year had not returned. Undeterred they made their own entertainment investing in a bubble blowing set.

Bubble blowing at the Launcestion Steam Rally

We enjoyed lunch in the sun from one of the many hot food tents and took our time to soak up the sun and enjoy some quality time together.

Launcestion Steam Rally enjoying lucnch & family time

Throughout the day the main arena had events going on. Most were just watching the various vintage steam attractions parade round, but the one that really had the kids paying attention was the trial bike team races. The kids placed bets on who they thought would win each race shouting on their favourites.

Trial Bike Races at the Launcestion Steam Rally

 Thank you Launceston Steam Rally for a lovely day, I’m sure we will be back again next year.  

Launceston Steam Rally Highlights

 

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