Parrots and Pirates go on an Adventure

Posted on May 26th, 2017 - Fiona

During term time Coombe Mill is full families with toddlers and preschool children who are able to take advantage of our lower priced weeks. Planning activities they can all join in with is often a challenge, but a good theme helps. We have looked at pirates before and know how popular this is for little ones, but we wanted to add something new and decided to focus on every pirate’s best friend, the parrot. Parrots and pirates was the perfect toddler combination.

Parrots and Pirates go on an adventure

Colourful Parrots from toilet tolls

With our theme set the rest all flowed. I had some red painted toilet rolls left from making Chinese New Year Lanterns and decided these would make perfect parrot bodies. With help from parents we cut the toilet roll to make the head, beak and feet and then added coloured floristry ribbons for the wings and head feathers. Ta-da, beautiful parrots for little pirates.

 

Making toilet roll parrots

Pirates off on an adventure

I had planned to do some painting next but I could see the children were already becoming restless going off to play with my giant pirate palm tree so I decided to move onto our treasure hunt. We had newspaper prates hats planted on sticks that the children had to spot and collect to lead us to our treasure.

 

Finding pirate hats on a treasure hunt

 

Our trail took us through the fairy gardens where we had to spot the parrots in the tree.

 

Finding Parrots in the Fairy Gardens

Finding the hat to lead us out of the fairy gardens took a little time as there were plenty of distractions that we let the children explore. Finally we were on our way again and the children were now tuned to looking out for the hats and found them more easily. The last was by the pirate play boat where they began hunting for the missing treasure for my box. This was a great chance to combine play and treasure hunting all at once.

 

 

It was a long walk back for little legs so we had them finding a stick along the way. This was to form the oars for their own pirate boat. They climbed aboard with their parrots and the palm tree behind and rowed to home singing along the way.

 

 

Painted parrots everywhere!

After all that adventure time the children were ready for my parrot painting. Asking 1 to 4 year old’s to paint a parrot was clearly too tricky so we made them fun and easy with hand and foot prints.

 

Painting parrot hand and feet pictures

 

With warm bubbly water on ready in a paddling pool to clean up, painting parrots had never been such fun!

 

bubbles in the paddling pool

Capturing our parrot and pirate adventures in video

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Country Kids 20th May 2017

Posted on May 19th, 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 20th May 2017

 We needed the rain 

I’ve loved this spring for the dry weather,  it has been wonderful for our early season holiday makers, but Farmer Nick has been fretting about the dwindling water supply for the animals and slow grass growth. This was the week that saw all that change. Thankfully by Wednesday afternoon the sun returned. It had been wellies and puddles all the way till then but it didn’t stop the children having fun on the farm. Whatever your adventures, I hope you’ll pop by and share them 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 25 posts.
  2. Karen from Would Like to Be who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Elaine from Fun as a Gran who commented on 13 posts.

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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. 

There is a special 30% off running on the Rockfish website currently just for May. Take advantage of these stylish boots at great prices with the special discount code.

Discount of Rockfish wellies for May  

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

Top Commenter : Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Mudpie Fridays went exploring Paradise Park Animal Sanctuary whilst on holiday in Cornwall.

This 4 mile circular walk takes in the woods, beach and a pub. A great recommendation for families from Welsh Cakes and Wellies

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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 3850 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @dear_mummy  @ensemblechildren  @packetmixmum  @ejdn Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week from @dear_mummy @ensemblechildren @packetmixmum @ejdn thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep sharing your outdoor fun, I try to like and comment on all. #outdoorlife #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures #countryside #tunnel #daisies #boat #adventureisoutthere

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Sheepscape Pictures and Kites on a windy day

Posted on May 19th, 2017 - Fiona

We had just had our sheep sheared and the children had enjoyed watching this during our morning feed run.  The trailer load of fleeces was due to be collected so I pulled a bag full onto one side to get creative with the children at the end of the week.  They were all curious about the feel and texture of the wool and so I thought there had to be a good way to incorporate it into a sheep themed activity hour.

Sheepscape and sheep kite crafts

A Sheepscape 3D picture to hang on the wall

With an age range of 1 – 4 I wanted to keep my activities simple enough for the children to manage, but interesting enough for them to want to have a go. After searching online I adapted a hand painting idea and came up with a 3D sheep craft picture for the children to make and keep.  

It was a gorgeous day but very windy so we set up in the reception garden where we were sheltered on 3 sides. It was still a job to hold things down. Painted hands made the basic shape on a piece of card with a blob of sheered fleece sticking to the wet paint to bulk out the body.

 

 

The children then went off in search of daises and grass for the floor of their sheepscape which we stuck on with double sided tape.

 

Collecting grass to make sheepscape pictures

 

We added a little floristry ribbon and a bend in the card and our 3D sheepscape pictures were ready for hanging.

 

Finishing sheepscape pictures with floristry ribbon

Sheep Inspired Kites

The wind may have been causing us a few problems making our pictures but it was going to be just what we needed to fly sheep face kites. With some bamboo, black and white bin liners and some printed sheep faces we cobbled together some makeshift kites for the children to run with.

Sheep face Kite making

 

A run around was just what they needed after concentrating on their sheepscapes and the wind did indeed come into its own lifting them up over their heads in gusts.

 

Flying homemade sheep inspired kites

 

I lost most to one of our nearby play areas at this point; however the eldest came with me to the farm to feed Friday his afternoon bottle, a fitting end to any sheep themed activity hour!

 

bottle feeding lamb and ride on play

Sheepscapes and Kite making on video

 

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Country Kids 13th May 2017

Posted on May 12th, 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 13.5.17 A Train Ride

 May sunshine, could it be summer? 

We have had such a busy week here on the farm and I’m grateful for the lovely sunshine and warmth for the best part. We have just finished our new lodge Polzeath with super duper play room including soft play and a reading snug for our guests to enjoy between outdoor adventures. On the farm Rambo literally pushed us into sheep shearing this week, more about that on my post this week, and I’m delighted to say I have seen all 9 of our little ducklings thriving on the lake. Whatever your adventures, I hope you’ll pop by and share them 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. Sonia from Mammas School who commented on 26 posts.
  2. Welsh Cakes and Wellies who commented on 25 posts.
  3. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle & Clare from Mudpie Fridays who commented on 23 posts.

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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 May Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mamma’s School

Many of you will know Lucy from Kids of the Wild has been having a hard few months after finding her beautiful wild child daughter has cancer. Caroline has been fighting hard and the family are staying positive through the grueling effects of chemotherapy. Lucy has been reflecting back on happier times and we share her hope and determination that these happy times will be enjoyed again in time. If you are not familiar with Lucy’s blog, do have a read of her recent posts, she is an inspiration to parents everywhere.

Meme and Harri have been off visiting their favourite National Trust property. Bodnant Gardens does look beautiful in spring bloom.

 

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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 3650 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @jennihorsley@lucyathomeblog@flip_flops_or_wellies & @welshcakeswellies. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#CountryKidsFun featured posts for the week. Thank you to @jennihorsley @lucyathomeblog @flip_flops_or_wellies @welshcakeswellies please keep all the lovely tags coming I do try to like and comment on every one. #adventureisoutthere #sunshine #flowers #pretty #swing #river #funseekingkids #curiouslittleexplorers #adventureseekingkids #countryside #dog #gardenplay #happykids #happiness #loveoutdoors #lovelife #childhoodunplugged #letthembekids #childhoodmemories

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Sheep Shearing during the Morning Feed Run

Posted on May 12th, 2017 - Fiona

It isn’t every day our little farm helpers manage to see our sheep being sheared but last week’s holiday makers turned out to be here at just the right time. In the past we have left sheep shearing until later in the month, but I had spotted Rambo the Ram using his horns to ram the fence posts in his field which meant he needed to go across the lane to his big summer pasture before he broke free.

Rambo the Ram getting restless in his field ahead of moving to his summer pasture

Since we would never have caught him again from there till autumn he would need shearing first; cue an early sheep shearing appointment for all our sheep. Thankfully we have just finished lambing so there weren’t any pregnant ewes. As I walked the field early in the morning the mothers and lambs were playing happily and had no idea what lay ahead for them. 

 

There is always quite a commotion as we round them up and separate them from their lambs for shearing.

Friday our pet lamb had his morning bottle in the car park and was staying in my garden for the morning to avoid all the sheep shearing action.

Feeding Friday before sheep shearing on the farm

Farmer Amber then took the children off round the farm while Nick and I helped set up the shearing station.

Feed Run with Farmer Amber

The timing couldn’t have been better, just as the tractor was on its way home with the children they were able to hop off at Farmer Nick’s shed and come and watch the sheep shearer in action. This was fascinating for them and they stood in Farmer Nick’s trailer to look in and watch.

Sheep shearing during the morning feed run

If you have ever watched sheep shearing at a country show you will know it is quite an art and mesmerising to watch. A good handler will have the sheep still and cooperating in seconds.

This was a lovely safe way for the children to touch the wool and feel how thick it is without being pushed by a big sheep in the field. The shearer moved deftly from one animal to the next, while the children after watching a couple be sheared, took the tractor ride home complete with a souvenir handful of wool.

Kids watching sheep shearing and feeling the wooly fleeces

Ewes and lambs were happily reunited back in their field with Friday going to join them.  Rambo was taken by tractor and trailer over the road to his lush summer pasture just as he wanted.

Ewes and Ram back int heir fields with Friday the pet lamb post 2017 sheep shearing

This was a feed run that will stay with these little ones and their parents for some time to come.  In case you are wondering what happens to the fleeces, a local crafter collects from us to spin and make rugs and kindly donates one of the rugs back to us. We held back a little ourselves for crafts in activity hour, more on that one to follow. 

 

Rug from Coombe Mill Jacobs Sheep

Have you ever watched sheep shearing before?

 

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