Country Kids 5th November 2016

Posted on November 4th, 2016 - 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 5th November

We have been in Halloween overload here at Coombe Mill. With 3 weeks of half term guests this year we have enjoyed our Halloween fun day, which is my post this week, and made good use of our famous Ghost Train too. As we clear away this weekend for Bonfire night I am am on sweet wrapper patrol right across the farm after a marathon run of Coombe Mill Trick or Treating!  

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.
  •  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.

Appologies my top  commenters from last week:

I’m afraid I have failed to get through comments this week. Our duty Manager Amber has been on a much deserved holiday leaving Nick and I flat out with the business and the kids this week. I will catch up next week so your comments won’t go unrecognized. I really appreciate the support from those who join in with me. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

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. 

October Winner

  • *Drum Roll * My October winner is Michelle Twin Mum for her post from the Battle of Hastings reenactment day. Congratulations Michelle, please pop over to the Rockfish website and email or DM me your choice of wellies from the current range.   
Country Kids October winner of Rockfish wellies

 

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 winning the November Rockfish Wellies:

Last week’s Country Kids top commenter will go through and be recognized next week.

Raising money for  fab cause Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops went exploring a charity welly walk complete with Yukky Dip and Pantomime. 

This post about Belton House from Caroline over at Becoming a Stay at Home Mum captured my imagination with it’s stunning grounds and space to play in the autumn sunshine.

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 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.

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 450 photos in there in just 5 weeks!

My favourites last week were  @Squishedblueberries  @verymuchsoblog  @The_dadventurer and @becomingasahm Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

My #countrykidsfun favourite snaps of the week: @squishedblueberries @verymuchsoblog @the_dadventurer @becomingasahm Thank you for all the outdoor fun tags. Have a great weekend and keep the photos rolling. #countrykids #outdoors #outdoorlife #outdoorkids #countryside #nature #woods #autumn #leaves #familytime #autumnleaves #bubbles #landscape #view #adventure

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Halloween Fun Day at Coombe Mill

Posted on November 4th, 2016 - Fiona

Half term and Halloween may have come out of sync in recent years, but there was no way our regular guests were going to let that stop the fun they expected from a half term holiday here. It has become something of a tradition on the last day to have a massive Halloween fun day. Each year in my endeavor to ensure it lives up to expectations the activities grow. Not surprisingly this year was our most exciting yet.

Trick or Treat at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

When I say Halloween fun day I really mean a full day.

Halloween fun day timetable

Fancy Dress Feed Run

We like to make the most of those spooky outfits so we begin with a fancy dress feed run. I had decorated the tractor and trailer the previous afternoon and left it hidden in Farmer Nick’s shed. There were children who had held back from taking a turn at driving all week just to be able to drive on the Halloween fun day ride.  Thankfully high spirits and scary clothes didn’t put the animals off their breakfast!

Halloween Fun Day Fancy Dress Feed Run

There were a welcome couple of hours after this for everyone to enjoy lunch and their last day on the farm while I rustled up my children to help Amber and I undress the Feed run trailer and add all the decorations to the Ghost Train and then stage the clues for the scary Scavenger Trail. It was a race against the clock for us but we made it back to the games room for 2.30 with everything in place for the rest of the Halloween fun day activities.

Crafts

We made tin cans into devils, pumpkins, monsters and black cats with crape paper and paint and left them to dry for games later on.

 

Making scary tin cans for Halloween games later.

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Toilet rolls became mini devils and Frankenstein’s and I took inspiration from last week’s woodland weaving making spiders to take to the giant web, which was still going strong down by the river.

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I couldn’t believe this week’s children hadn’t spotted the giant web, it was a whole new discovery to find the web and add their spiders. 

 

spider web weaving at Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

Halloween Trail

Our fun day continued as the children joined us for a Halloween Trail challenge. Handing out trail sheets and pens the they were tasked with counting how many of the marked items they saw along the walk.  

Halloween Woodland Trail

 

Amber was waiting at the end of the trail with her witch’s cauldron to collect completed sheets. These were exchanged for a dip into the pot where the children rummaged between the bones and skin (twigs and leaves) for a gold token to buy them a ghost train ride.

 

Halloween Woodland Trail: Collecting Golden Tokens on Completion

 

Queuing is never a problem with the rope swing, bamboo tunnel and stream to entertain while waiting to dip into the cauldron.

 

Playing along the Halloween Trail at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Halloween Games

We left everyone playing down the Halloween trail to set up the games. This was a chance to run off some excess energy, test the children’s teamwork skills and bring a little silliness and competition into play. We could have run this session for much longer as after an hour and a half the kids were still going strong but my voice was failing and darkness setting in!

Our tin cans were put to use in team tower building competitions. Tactics and teamwork were essential to build the highest tower.

 

Halloween 👻 tin can tower building. Who can make the tallest tower. Team work and strategy needed. Great fun and educational on our Halloween fun day. #halloween #tincans #games #education #learning #teamwork #challenge #countrykidsfun #funday #kids #competition

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Moving over to the lawn our tins were used for racing games along with broom sticks, the competitive side in the children really shone through and I was delighted to see my triplets join in too after helping to organise things all day.

Halloween Fun Day Games at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

We quietened everyone down with pin the arm on the skeleton with forfeits and the ever popular apple bobbing and find the sweet in the flour.

 

Halloween Apple Bobbing, Find the sweet and pin the arm on the skeleton games

 

Musical bumps and musical statues was much harder to judge than I imagined, I think everyone must have been seasoned party goers!

 

Musical statues at the Coombe Mill Halloween fun day

Ghost Train

Some of the younger children must have been flagging by now, but they certainly weren’t going to let it show, as they all raced over for the ghost train. I collected gold coins from the Halloween walk as the children boarded and with squeals of joy Guy led lap after lap round the track and through the spooky tunnel.

 

Halloween Ghost Train at Coombe Mill Holidays

The Coombe Mill Ghost Train is back for Halloween 👻. #halloween #ghost #ghosttrain #scary #spooky #spookyscaryskeletons #countrykidsfun #countrykids #holiday #halftermfun #train #specialday #kidsfunday #nighttrain

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Trick or Treat

No Halloween fun day would be complete without a little Trick or Treating. Here at Coombe Mill we make this an organised procession from property to property. A lit pumpkin signifies we are welcome and we do our utmost to ensure little ones go first and older children, who can be inclined to push in their excitement, go after.  They system works well with each door only being knocked on once all evening and a parent from the group running ahead to open up for us. I was thrilled to see not only pumpkins but wonderful house decorations to welcome us too.

 

Trick or Treat at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

Thank you to all the parents for making this last part of the day so successful for the children. Each finished with a huge haul of goodies and crafts to remember their Halloween fun day at Coombe Mill.

If you would like to join us next year, all the activities for the Halloween fun day are free for our October half term guests but, be quick this is a popular week!  

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Country Kids 29th October 2016

Posted on October 28th, 2016 - 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. 

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

October has brought some wonderful sunny days to Cornwall. This week has been beautiful again and the older half term children have loved the freedom of the farm to explore. However they are also kind and inclusive with the younger children, showing them how to handle the animals. I do love the sense of togetherness that builds on the daily tractor feed runs during the week. 

Halloween is also a big event for Coombe Mill. This week I’m sharing a few Halloween preparations with a nature theme. Next week will be all about the day itself and how we turn it in to a full programme of farm activities. I hope you’ll join me here and see how we got on. 

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.
  •  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.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Hiedi from Him Me Three who commented on 32 posts.

2nd Merlinda from Pixiedusk and Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 28 posts

3rd Emma from Emsyjo and Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 25 posts.

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too.

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

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits climbed to 3 this week *cries* come on guilty ones, please do pop back over and share some blog love. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

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. 

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 winning the October Rockfish Wellies:

Hiedi from Him Me and Three goes through as the Country Kids top commenters with a fab 32 post comments last week.

Sam from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be fine turned a pile of leaves from a lovely autumn woodland walk into 4 clever crafts.

I’ve loved all the pumpkin fields linked up this week and could have featured them all. In the end I chose Karen from Would like to be for the dreamy autumn photos. 

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 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.

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 350 photos in there in just 4!

My favourites last week were PottyAdventures, Sands_Heard, Jenni-isdancingintherain  and Theseasonalchild Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

Week 4 #countrykidsfun favourites. Thank you for joining in with your outdoor fun posts. Please keep them coming. @pottyadventures @theseasonalchild @sands_heard @jenni_isdancingintherain #pumpkin #pumpkinpatch #halftime #autumn #countrykids #autumncolours #autumnleaves

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Woodland Weaving Meets Halloween

Posted on October 28th, 2016 - Fiona

I have been inspired by the Forestry Commission and their woodland weaving campaign this autumn. As grownups we know that the colours in our woodlands are quite stunning in autumn and the windfalls from nature on the floor plentiful, but this doesn’t necessarily inspire kids. Turn spotting nature’s bounty in to a treasure hunt and weave it’s magic into the fabric of the forest and you have the kids engaged.  This week I thought I’d take a ‘leaf’ out of the forestry commission’s book and add in a little Halloween twist for good measure. The result: Woodland Weaving meets Halloween.

Woodland Weaving Meets Halloween at Coombe Mill

Making black spiders

In preparation we set a spider’s web of string between two trees down by the river and painted a stack of toilet rolls black. As the children arrived and I announced woodland weaving meets Halloween as the theme, the children looked a little confused, but as I explained further they soon grasped what I had in mind and set about following my spider making instructions.

Spider crafts for Halloween. 🕷🕷 #Halloween #craft #halloweencraft #kids #countrykidsfun #outdoors #spider #creative #coombemill

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Each toilet roll made two spiders, one we were going to take on a woodland walk to make our giant Halloween spider’s web and one was going to be reserved for later.

making creepy spiders for woodland weaving meets Halloween

 

The children chose a spider for the walk and raced along towards the river. Once there, the spiders were carefully placed in the web.

Weaving spiders into their woodland web at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Woodland Weaving into a giant spiders webs

But hang on a minute, the spider web still looked a little bare. Spiders may feast on other insects, but these insects are attracted to flowers and pollen so we filled our spider’s web with the treasures we found down by the river to attract an insect or two for our spiders. We were blessed with the last of the sunlight for the day shining through our web making it more mysterious and beautiful than scary, probably a good thing for the younger children! 

Woodland weaving into a Halloween spiders web at Coombe Mill

Woodland weaving meets Halloween at Coombe Mill Holidays #weloveforests #countrykidsfun #outdoorlife #stickcraft #sticks #sunshine #autumn #nature #halloween #forestschool #learning #outdoorkids #countrykids #holidayfun #coombemill #woodland #cornwall #activekids #exploring #river #riverside

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The lure of paddling in the river soon became part of the treasure hunt and one by one the children ventured in.  Chilly water came perilously close to the top of little boots but everyone remained dry.

 

Playing in the river Camel at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall  

Mini Dream Catcher Woodland Spider Webs

Admiring their work the children were keen to make their own mini spider webs with woodland weaving and spiders inside.  Just as well we still had one spider back at the craft table! Before heading back the children each had to find 3 sticks as the frame for their web.  These were then bound together with wool at the corners and a web pattern formed.

Making mini spider webs or dream catchers

The children placed their spiders in the middle just as they had done for my giant web and then headed to the fairy gardens in search of woodland weaving material. They were spoilt for choice with golden leaves lining the floor.

Filling spider webs or dream catchers with nature inthe fairy Gardens at Coombe Mill Holidays

 Each left with their own carefully designed spider’s web to hang outside their door and a lovely woodland decoration for Coombe Mill down by the river.  A couple of the parents were doing forest school groups with their children and were thrilled to be taking the idea home to share. We ran out of time for the other crafts I had planned but they are stored in my mind for another week! 

 

 

If you fancy trying this one do check out the Forestry Commission website and download their activity pack which has details of how to make a mini woven forest and more ideas as well as details of your nearest forest. They make a great day out and after all that exploring their cosy woodland cafes are stacked with homemade treats and hot drinks to revive you.

 

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Disclosure:

I am an  official forest blogger promoting our forests, however I have not been paid to write this post. 

 


Country Kids October 22nd

Posted on October 21st, 2016 - 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 from Coombe Mill

October half term this year stretches for 3 weeks depending on where you live with this past week being the first. This is great news for us  with booking stretching over the 3 week period and a lovely mix of toddlers and school age children mixing well.  However our Egg production is not keeping pace with shorter day light hours meaning just a couple of eggs to collect some mornings. Even so, the children still love looking and scattering the food.  

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.
  •  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.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Aly from Bug Bird Bee who commented on 36 posts.

2nd Karen from Two Tiny Hands with 25 comments

3rd Cheryl from Time to Craft with 24 comments.

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too.

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

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits dropped to just 1 this week *claps* come on guilty one, please do pop back over and share some blog love. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

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. 

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 winning the October Rockfish Wellies:

Aly from Bug Bird Bee goes through as the Country Kids top commenters with a fab 36 post comments last week.

I really struggled to pick just two others as I loved so many of your posts last week but finally settled on :

Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who was local to the famous Battle of Hastings anniversary celebrations in Battle earlier this month 

Ruth from Holloway Family North who was inspired from reading Country Kids posts over the years to venture out to the beach despite the rain  

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.

New

Join the 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.

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have almost 200 in just 3 weeks!

My favourites were  jugglingskates, chocolateandwineandillbefine, squishedblueberries and meyouandmagoo Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

A great week for #countrykidsfun @jugglingskates @chocolateandwineandillbefine @meyouandmagoo @squishedblueberries congrats you have my favourite images this week. #countrykids #outdoorfun #kidsoutdoors #countrylife #countryliving #countryside

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