Easter Chick Crafts and Activities

Posted on April 14th, 2017 - Fiona

After the success of our Easter Bunny activities last week, I was keen to keep the Easter theme going with this week’s guests. We moved from Bunnies to Easter Chicks and a new treat for our chickens. My biggest worry was that faced with the warmest day of the year, would anyone make it back from the beach in time to join in. I needn’t have worried, I had a couple of families who came back especially to join in and I was glad I put in the preparation time.

 

Easter chick crafts and activities

Easter Chick Cards

Relying on the warm sunshine to dry out paint work we began by making the thumb prints of our Easter Chick cards.  The children drew inspiration from my example card and happily finger printed chick bodies on their own cards.

 

Making Easter cards this afternoon in activity hour

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Easter gardens with chicken and chicks

Setting our cards aside to try we moved onto cutting and painting toilet roll Easter chicks.

 

Making Easter Chicks in the sun at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

Again these were set on one side to dry while we made Easter gardens for our chicks from cereal boxes before running off to collect grass and flowers out of the lawns as a bed for the miniature gardens.

 

 

We added 2 chicks and a handful of chocolate eggs to complete our Easter chick gardens.  

 

Homemade craft chicken and chicks with chocolate eggs in gardens

Nature walk with a purpose

The children had worked really hard on their crafts and I was keen for them to come on a farm walk. I had just the challenge in mind for them in line with our chick Easter theme. Farmer Nick had a long chain in the chicken coop which was waiting for a toy to be hooked on the end. After failing to find anything suitable for weeks, he finally came home with a miniature clothes dryer with pegs hanging down. I pounced on this with a genius idea. We could take it for our walk collecting nature along the way to hang from the pegs as toys for the chickens.   We set off through the fairy gardens and down the path to the farm pegging leaves, twigs and flowers along the way.

 

 

The children shared the very important job of carrying the finished toy

 

 

It’s fair to say the chickens seemed rather underwhelmed with our offering running away from us. 

 

Chicken watching the chickens in the chicken coup

I had a feeling they ventured over to investigate as soon as we had left them in peace, it turns out I was right, when I looked in later they had torn down most of the nature items and were still playing with what remained.

Refilling their toy carousel has now become part of the morning tractor feed run. 

Back at the craft tables our finger print chickens were dry and really to have eyes, beaks, feet and wings added.

 

 

It was so lovely to feel the warmth of the sun and no one was in a rush to leave, least of all me. I do hope this is the start of a beautiful summer in Cornwall.   

 

 

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Country Kids 8th April 2017

Posted on April 7th, 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 8th April 2017

Excitement on the farm is building

So we have had baby bunnies that are now 3 weeks old and opening their eyes. If you follow any of my social media channels I apologise for the cuteness overload in my photos recently with regular bunny updates. Between the bunny photos I have been sharing the new lambs and we are also waiting on baby goslings. In the photo above Farmer Nick is showing a group of children the nest full of eggs while the goose eats her breakfast. Have you seen any new born animals out in farm fields recently? They are  such a joy to watch. Whatever your adventures this week I hope you have can join me 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 25th March:

  1. Sonia from Mammas School who commented on 30 posts.
  2. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 27 posts.
  3. Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 23 posts.

We have 2 guilty bloggers linking up and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

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 April Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Sonia from Mamma’s School.

Camp wilderness seems to have taken the blogging community by storm this week and I must say their organised forest days are perfect Country Kids fun, I particularly enjoyed this post from Kippers and Curtains

Sometimes days turn out better than you expected for no apparent reason. This was the case for Emma of Bubba Blue and Me in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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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 2700 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @seedphotographybrisbane @dreamingofthecountry  @ztefyb @sophieblovett Please do welcome these lovely folk to the #CountryKidsFun community and check out their profiles on Instagram if you are not already following. 

 

My #coutrykidsfun featured posts this week welcoming @seedphotographybrisbane_ @dreamingofthecountry @ztefyb to the Instagram community. Thank you to everyone for some wonderful outdoor photos this week. Don't forget #countrykids is live from midnight for blog posts too #spring #springishere #hiking #springbreak #daffodils #reykjavik #treeclimber #treeclimbing #countrylife #countryside #farmstay #kidsadventure #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorkids

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Bunny Crafts and Activities

Posted on April 7th, 2017 - Fiona

With Easter fast approaching and a growing baby bunny community thriving in our rabbit house I decided on bunny crafts  as our theme for the week. It didn’t take long to come up with a plan of things to do and make. Trash2Treasure April (my upcycling linky) is all about how to make an Easter Bunny so this was my starting point. From there I added bunny hats and a bunny trail which finished up at the rabbit house for a first stroke of our newborns.

 

Easter Bunny Crafts and Activities

 

The weather forecast really couldn’t make up its mind and I knew we were in for some serious rain at some point, I was just hoping it held off till later in the evening. As it was windy too, we set up the craft table in the games room. Nearly everyone staying came along which was wonderful and we wasted no time in starting our bunny crafts with bunny hats from paper plates.

 

Bunny crafts making bunny hats

 

From here we moved to toilet roll bunnies. The beauty of these is that there is no gluing or sticking involved, just clever cutting and painting. I cut the rabbits from the loo rolls myself for the younger children to decorate while the older ones (age 6+ )  managed the whole process themselves.

 

Making Easter bunnies from toilet rolls  

 

With a mixed age group it is always hard to hold everyone’s attention, the little ones naturally took themselves off to play with the toys while the older children diligently painted faces on their rabbits. When everyone was finished, I read the first clue for the bunny treasure hunt .  The children guessed where I was leading them and ran off to find the next clue.

 

Reading first treasure hunt clue for a bunny trail

 

From here it was a succession of reading, running, searching and playing as one clue lead to another taking the children the full length of the farm.

 

Bunny treasure hunt

 

The older children were very good at waiting for the little ones to catch up, even hiding the clues again for the little ones to find. Some of the older ones even had the confidence to read the next clue out to the group for me.

 

 

Enjoying our Easter bunny treasure hunt ?. #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorlife #outdooradventures #outdoorlearning #coombemill #countrykids #countryside #countrylife #countrykidsfun #curiouslittleexplorers #explorerkids #adventureisoutthere #adventureseeker #funseekingkids #outdoorkids #pottyadventures #farmstay #farmholiday #farmlife #learningisfun #learningbydoing #teamwork #teamworking #kidschallenge #makingmemories #capturethemoment #cornwall

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The rain began as we found our last clue which led us to the rabbit house. No one noticed the rain start to pitter-patter on the roof as I unlocked the nesting box and carefully scooped out a baby rabbit for everyone to see. The little one I held was just beginning to open her eyes and wriggled and peed at the new experience of being lifted. I held on tight while everyone had a stroke. I knew this was the part of the day the older girls had really been looking forward to.

 

Handling new baby bunnies born on the farm

As the younger ones ran outside to play in the rain parents looked on dismayed, it was pouring down and the children were soaked! Thankfully rain never hurt anyone and the worst of it fell whilst we were cuddling bunnies.   

 

kids at the bunny yard in the rain

 

 

Have you made any bunny crafts in the run up to Easter?

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Country Kids 1st April

Posted on March 31st, 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 1st April 2017 with girl carrying lamb

No April fool, we have lambs! 

So far *touches wood* lambing is going well for us. We have twins born this week, healthy and happy. Above the young girl is helping move one of them to our nursery field which is  fox safe and sheltered for their early weeks. Over on the blog I am looking back at our Mother’s Day crafts and activities on the farm. I hope you’ll pop by and have a look whilst sharing your own recent outdoor 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.
  • 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 25th March:

  1. Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine who commented on 16 posts.
  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 15 posts.
  1. Heidi from Him Me and Three who commented on 15 posts.
  1. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 14 posts.
  1. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 14 posts.

We have 2 guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

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.  

March Welly Winner

Congratulation to Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who has won the March wellies with a lovely post about visiting Mottisford Abbey.

Helen, please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection. 

Kids in mud

 

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

Top Commenter : Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine

Early spring can be beautiful at the beach. Two Tiny Hands discovered a gorgeous empty beach and snow topped lakeside setting in West Cumbria

Hawkwood Estate provided some lovely natural woodland play for Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine

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 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 2500 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @occupationmother@selwoodt@cagneyandlace & @mummyconstantPlease do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

 

 

My #countrykidsfun featured photos of the week are from @occupationmother @selwoodt @cagneyandlace @mummyconstant mention s for all in #CountryKids over on the blog tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who linked up this week. Please keep the outdoor adventures coming I do try to like and comment on each during the week. Have a lovely weekend and I hope it includes some family fun outdoors. #outdoorlearning #outdooradventures #wildandfree #wildchild #scooting #motorcycle #trialsbike #piggyback #piggybackride #countryside #countrykids #countrylife #countryliving

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Mother’s Day Flower Crafts for Children

Posted on March 31st, 2017 - Fiona

With Mother’s Day approaching we decided to embellish our spring craft theme from half term into some Mother’s Day Flower Crafts for the children to make. I had warned parents ahead of time on the feed run of our theme and it was lovely to see so many Dad’s bring their children along to keep the crafts as a surprise for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day flower crafts for children

It was cold and windy outside so we set up the craft table in the games room. Our first task was to make the vases for our tulip flowers. We stuck Duck Tape Colours round the top of a cut out juice bottle before heading outside to find sticks for the stems and stones to secure the stems in place.

Children making flower pots for Mother's Day crafts

The fairy garden is always a draw for the children and keeping them on task looking for sticks was quite a challenge at times, but lovely to allow them a little time to wander round in there too.

Searching for sticks to make flower crafts in the Fairy Garden

 

From the fairy garden we headed down to the river where I knew there would be an ample supply of stones to bed the stems into place

 

Hunting for stones by the river to fill craft flower potss

 

Back in the games room we cut, stuck and painted our toilet roll tulips onto the top of our stick stems.

 

Kids making toilet roll tulip flowers for Mother's Day

Making Mother’s Day gifts in our farm crafts. I wonder if my own children will remember? #mothersday #craft #kidscrafts #creativekids #makingmemories #tulips #holidayfun #coombemill #farmstay #craftsforkids #mothersdaycraft

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From here the children moved onto making mother’s day cards with crepe paper flowers and painted stems.

 

A simple homemade Mother's Day Card craft

 

The younger ones were drifting off to play while the older children took their time over their cards. When everyone had finished we set off on a nature hunt. I have a trusted sheet of spring flowers that are always easy to spot on the farm. We took a bucket along to collect a few fallen petals too for our last craft.

 

Kids hunting for petals to make gift bookmarks

 

With our bucket overflowing and the rain starting we headed back indoors to arrange petals along a strip of coloured paper. The children headed over to the dressing up box to play while we laminated the strips of petal paper to make Mother’s Day flower bookmarks.

 

Children on the farm making bookmarks for Mother's Day

 

The children enjoyed their crafts and the Dad’s were great at helping me. I hope the mother’s enjoyed a rest indoors awaiting their surprise presents! I wonder if any of the cards were saved till Sunday?

 

 

Have you tried homemade flower gifts for Mother’s Day?

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