Halloween Fun Day 2017 Part 1

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 - Fiona

Every year our Halloween Fun Day seems to grow a little more involved. I thought last year we had peaked; the weather, the events and the participation all came together to make the most wonderful experience for everyone involved. Yet each year I am conscious that for many who rebook from year to year, the children will be a year older with even high expectations than the previous year. For this reason I try to bring in fresh ideas with the old favourites. This year I really think we pulled that off, with a fun day to rival events anywhere. So much so I’m splitting the day over 2 posts and sharing part 2 next week.

Coombe Mill 2017 Halloween Fun Day Part 1

Fancy dress animal feed run

The day begins with a fancy dress feed run. I dressed the tractor and trailer the night before so it was all ready to spook the children in the morning, though I fear I may have gone a little overboard this year as a couple of the youngest were a little afraid to climb on board! Even Farmer Nick and some of the parents joined in with Fancy dress which made the children laugh.

 

 

 It adds a fun spin on the daily tractor rides as the children see if their costumes have spooked the animals or if they will still come over for their food. Needless to say food wins and the animals refuse to be spooked!

Halloween Fun Day Fancy Dress Feed Run

Halloween Fun Day Crafts

We have a couple of clear hours after the feed run to set up the rest of the day’s events which flow right though to the evening. The first one is the Halloween crafts. We had a trail run at most of these last week as we created the Halloween Display. However managing the crafts on a larger scale with so many children meant a few changes were necessary.

The lanterns worked well last week so we repeated this one. They also doubled up later in the evening to light the way alongside the pumpkins for Trick or Treating.

 

Homemade lanterns from Jars

 

Next we reused the apple and potato fabric printing from last week, although instead of joining them all to make bunting, this time the children printed onto squares of material and mounted them on black card to take home.

Halloween Apple & Potato Prints

 

With so many children we only had time for one more craft for our fun day. As most were older than last week we swapped ghost prints for spooky eyes. Cutting triangles into black painted toilet rolls gave us the eyes while placing glow sticks inside made them spooky in the dark.

 

Spooky eyes from toilet rolls

Spooky Activity Trail

In the past for our halloween Fun Day we have had a trail with spooky things to spot and count up. This year with a little help from the triplets dressed in various guises we turned the static trail into much more of an interactive activity session.

First up was the Fairy Gardens which had a witch cast a wicked spell and fill it up with a spider’s web. The children had to clamber through the web collecting a spider ring each on their way.

 

 

From here we made our way to the den building area where the children had to ring the wind chime to make the ghost come out of his den and play his spooky message.

 

Ghost in the den on Halloween Activity Trail

 

Across at the pirate boat an evil pirate had been baking gruesome cakes blood red from the blackberries inside! Each climbed up the stairs to meet the pirate before sliding back down with their cake. They must have been fooled as even the older ones had to ask me if it was OK to eat the cake!  

 

 

Down on the farm path a witch was waiting with a basket of insects covered in sticks and leaves. Each child took a lucky dip to see what they could find.

 

Lucky dip in the Witch's pot

 

Excited by the activities the children raced on ahead to find the devil hiding on the island on the island. Here they had to try and spray him with Holy Water to take the evil away.

 

Squirting the Devil with Holy Water on Halloween Activity Trail

 

After converting the Devil there was an evil intruder to deal with. He had been captured in the aviaries and needed pelting with deadly flour to ensure he didn’t escape.  

 

Pelting an evil intruder with flour for Halloween

 

Our chores were nearly done, just one last stop to make at the witch who had created her brew in the Mud Kitchen.  The children had to delve deep in the pumpkin goo to find a glowing bracelet as a pass to ride on the Ghost Train later.

 

 

Already it had been quite a day, but we still had the excitement of Halloween Games, the Ghost Train and the legendary Coombe Mill Trick or Treating to follow. I hope you’ll catch up with me next week to see how we fared in part two of our Halloween Fun Day.

 

Halloween Fun Day 2017 : Part 1

 

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Country Kids 28th October 17

Posted on October 27th, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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Half Term Has Flown by

Where did that last week go? I was so looking forward to no school runs and a buzzing Coombe Mill full of half term holiday makers, but it feels like it has gone in a flash. This might be because we were so busy. We had friends over at the start, then visited our eldest up in Cardiff for 2 days while Felix and Theo ran the farm and we finished up with hosting our Traditional Half Term Halloween fun day here. Blink and I was back to chasing the kids to wash their uniforms and pack their school bags again. I hope you managed to pack in some adventures over the week and please do share them on the link up below. 

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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 October Rockfish Wellies:

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Louisa from Inside Out Blog shared Apple Day at Calke Abbey which looks both educational and fun full of seasonal goodness.

Keitha from Keithas Chaos shares a wonderful looking cross country ‘mudstackle’ race with plenty of squelchy mud and foam bubbles to loose yourself in.

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Creating a Halloween Display for Half Term

Posted on October 27th, 2017 - Fiona

Our Halloween Fun Day has become quite legendary taking place on the last day of half term, regardless of when Halloween falls. It takes a huge amount of preparation and I like to practice a few of the crafts the week leading up to half term with the guests here in activity hour. With a group ranging from age 1 to 12 I knew it would be a good test for what worked and how long each craft would take. Needless to say I had far more planned than we managed but it did all make a lovely Halloween display stand for Half Term and a few extras to take home as keepsakes.   

Creating a Halloween Display for Half Term

Lighting the way

We began by making decorative tea light jars.  The children disappeared off in search of pretty autumn coloured leaves while I applied PVA glue to all the jars and placed a tea light inside.

Collecting autumn leaves

By the time they returned I had a jar ready for everyone and a stack of coloured tissue paper to intersperse with the leaves.

 

 

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We finished the lights off with a piece of ribbon and added some to the Halloween display and kept others back for the children to take home.

Halloween printed bunting

My Halloween display was taking shape with a while sheet and some Icicle lighting over a delivery pallet but it looked a bit plain. We used large windfall cooking apples to make Ghost, pumpkin and Bat stencils and printed triangles of sheeting to make festive bunting. I stapled each piece onto string to make the bunting but had a really job keeping up with my enthusiastic printers!

Stencil painting Halloween Bunting

Watch out for the ghosts

The younger children then moved on to making spooky hand print ghosts on black card. It sounds so simple but they really had to think about how they were placing their hands on the card to create the ghost effect. We gave them each a little directional smudge to make them look like they were floating through the night. Adding fingerprint faces really brought them to life…..Oooooh!

 

Painting Hand Print Ghosts for the Coombe Mill Halloween Display

Giant Pumpkin Painting

We wanted a new game for the fun day and came up with throwing spooky items into the pumpkin. Farmer Nick purchased a giant bag of plastic creepy crawlies on his travels which would work a treat and we set a couple of the older girls to work painting the pumpkin we had drawn on a giant reclaimed piece of card packaging. They did a wonderful job and I’m really excited to try the game now.

Painting a giant pumpkin for the Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

Pumpkin Carving

Still in full pumpkin flow the girls designed and carved a real pumpkin for me to take centre stage on our Halloween display.

Painting a giant pumpkin for the Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

I hadn’t even started on my toilet roll crafts and monster eyes but we had run out of time, the night was drawing in and storm Brian threatening to take hold! I wasn’t going to be short of crafts for our half term fun day, I just had to cross my fingers with the Cornish weather; more on that one next week.

 

Putting together our Halloween Display for Half Term

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Country Kids 21st October 17

Posted on October 20th, 2017 - 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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Chasing Geese Country Kids 21.10.17

Half Term Already!

Wow that was a quick half a term! I still feel like I am getting used to it being autumn and already we have the clocks about to go back and signs of Christmas around. I’m determined to push that to the back of my mind, enjoy half term with my kids and indulge in some Halloween fun with the children on holiday here. I hope you will do the same and don’t forget to share your adventures on the link up below. 

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  • 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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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 October Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter :  Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Pumpkin patches are all the rage this year. We don’t have one near us but Emma from The Joy of Five visited a lovely one 

And Dear Mummy another, my 3 from Tesco are just not the same! 

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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 6800 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from  @countryvicarswife @claireshutt_  @home.corner.stories and @wildmamawildtribe. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

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Pig Crafts to Nutritious Acorn Snacks

Posted on October 20th, 2017 - Fiona

Faced with one of the seasons wet autumn days and a very young group of eager little helpers, I had had to have a quick rethink about my planned autumn leaf activities. Soggy leaves were just not doing it in my mind so I moved the theme to pig crafts. Our growing piglets are a delight to all our visitors and as one of their favourite foods is windfall acorns, I thought I could work on the idea of a nutritious snack for Sally the pig and her piglets and something fun and delicious for the children.

 

Pig Crafts and Acorn Snacks

 

Farm Stories

 

With tiny tots a story is often a good way to get things started. I chose a couple of very simple farm animal books to bring back all they had learned on a week at the farm. Gradually shyness melted away and interest grew.

 

Farm animal stories for activity hour on holiday

 

Pig crafts

 

I had the craft table indoors out of the rain and wind and handed out my piglet templates. The children set to work painting their pigs. There was no requirement to stay within the lines as we were going to leave them to try and cut out the pieces later on.

 

Messy play for tiny tots making pig keepsakes in activity hour here ? #craft #craftykids #toddlercraft #holidayfun #creativekids #makingmemories

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Little Pig cup cakes

 

From painting pictures to decorating cup cakes with pig faces the theme moved on at quite a pace.

 

decorating cup cakes with pig faces

 

I had been tipped off about a special birthday and made a little cup cake pre-decorated with candles to accompany a birthday cake from the parents. Candles, a cake and everyone singing can be overwhelming when you are just 2, but the birthday girl and her new friends took it all in their stride.  

 

Birthday celebrations at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

A nutritious acorn snack

 

Finally the rain was easing enough for us to brave the outdoors and help digest the birthday cake. I handed out collecting cups and with raincoats and wellies we began hunting for acorns as a treat for Sally the pig. They were falling all over the car park and it didn’t take my eagle eyed tots long to start finding them.

 

Finding acorns at Coombe Mill Farm

A long walk for little legs

 

Collecting things is a great way to distract little legs who were rather hoping Farmer Nick would come by with his tractor to give them a lift.

 

Walking to the farm in the rain

 

Finally we made it to the pig sty with brimming cups of acorns and tipped them in for Sally and her piglets to enjoy.

 

Feeding acorns to Sally and her piglets

 

What about those Piggy Paintings

 

We came back the shorter route over the footbridge to see how our piggy paintings were drying. Some were still tacky but they were dry enough to be cut and stapled together to make keepsake pigs for the children.

Making little piggies ? to match our little piglets #pig #piglet #creative #creativekids #painting #countrykidsfun #coombemill #farmfun #farmanimals

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Everyone left with their pig crafts, pig face cakes and a tummy full of birthday cake. It was a busy afternoon for my eager 2 year olds. Many didn’t even manage the 6pm train I’d worn them out so much!

 

 

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