Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 10th, 2015 - Fiona

Butterflies and Caterpillars 

 Making and Finding Minibeasts

Here on the farm I used to dread a wet Friday, activity hour in my kitchen felt a right squish and a squeeze!  However since Farmer Nick indulged my new farm fun time with its own purpose built marquee we can withstand a summer downpour and carry on regardless.  Just as well as after a glorious week the skies looked threatening on the last afternoon as we headed out to pull sticky weed from around the farm for our first activity.  Farmer Nick thought we were doing a spot of weeding for him but I dashed his hopes saying that our collecting wasn’t going to relieve him of his afternoon chores.

 

Picking some Sticky Weed

Back in the tent we were congratulating ourselves for beating the rain which then proceeded to lash down on the canvas above. It didn’t matter to us; we were already busy making caterpillars by wrapping our freshly gathered sticky weed around my collection of empty toilet rolls. It was harder than it sounds as the weed kept sticking to fingers and clothes just as the name suggests. Eventually we all managed to thread our weed covered rolls onto string to create perfect caterpillars which wiggled and squirmed along the floor when pulled.

 

Making the Toilet Roll Caterpillars

 

We chatted about the magical process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly before carefully cutting out our own butterfly shapes and print painting one side to another to make our own. These we taped to sticks which formed the body of the butterfly and gave the wings a perfect flap when waved around, just like butterflies flying in the wild.

 

Making the butterflies

The children loved these themed crafts; they were so simple and ideal for preschool ages. As the rain had stopped we used the last of our hour going on a real butterfly hunt.  We found a caterpillar and saw lots of meadow brown butterflies flying around in the long grass but they were so quick it was hard to point them out to the children or capture them on camera, we did a loop back through the Fairy garden to see the pretend ones on sticks that didn’t fly away!

In search of the minibeasts

 

If you’d like to see a detailed post on how we made these and other crafts please follow my #Trash 2 Treasure monthly linky for all upcycling, I’d love you to add your own posts too. I am already taken with these peg butterflies from Let Kids be Kids for a future craft session.

 

 

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Country Kids is all about the benefits to children of spending time outdoors. A little exercise and time away from screens and sofas is good for them and good for us adults too. I welcome all outdoor fun from days out to crafts and learning so grab your sun hat or rain coat and see what’s out and about near you.  When sharing on the linky please grab the country Kids badge or link back here and remember to check out the other posts too, there are always some great ideas to inspire your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Chelsea Mamma visited one of my favourite places, the Portsmouth Royal dockyards for a great educational day out.

A perfect 30th weekend from Life at Cooks Cabin had be quite taken by her husband's planning.

We weren't the only one studying butterflies this week, When the Dust Settles enjoyed a wonderful nature day out.

There were plenty of butterflies in the gorgeous lavender meadows as spotted by 3 Kids and a Gluestick.

The Melton House enjoyed a boat trip with the bonus of seeing and filming a pod of 7 to 10 dolphins 

Another awesome adventure for One tiny Leap this time in Utah

Closer to home Our Little Escapades took little E for her first seaside paddle

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 - Fiona

Sports Day

I have seen a few first sports day posts coming in on Country Kids over the past couple of weeks, and I have read them with a sense of nostalgia knowing I was coming up to my last one ever. My triplets are my babies and they leave primary school in just three weeks time. This month sees the last of so many wonderful traditions associated with the village school for us: The last school performance; the last school assembly, combined with their leaver’s service; the last junior disco and beach fun day and of course their last sports day. As the morning arrived I already had mummers of ” oh Mum there’s no need to come this year” how upsetting that they no longer want their Mum shouting from the side lines, that their faces no longer light up to see me there waving widely from across the playing fields. Instead there is a slightly embarrassed shuffle as they spot me claiming my space with their Grandma ready to watch.  I felt quite teary watching my three as team leaders of the Blue, Yellow and Green teams and noticing how they are the big ones of the school now.  

 

sports day teams

As the events began, my triplets stopped worrying about me being there instead taking on more of their former year traits, glancing over in my direction at the end of a race for a wave and a thumbs up. It’s good to know that deep down they do still want me there. I in return was that annoying Mother cheering away and pointing my camera every time they passed. From obstacle race to flat race they gave it their best. They are not the fastest or the best but they did well and were proud of themselves and their teams.

 

Events at Sports Day

 

As it was to be my last time ever I put myself up for the Mother’s race at the end. Clio took my camera as she pushed me towards the start line. I am really too old to get up and sprint with no warm up but I threw caution to the wind and did it for them. By some miracle I left the field standing, racing solo over the finish line to cheers and hugs from the triplets and my Mum.

 

Mums Race

 

Feeling quite elated for us all Mum took a finishing photo which I love, no embarrassed “why do we have to have a photo?” instead all sharing the end of a happy sports day.

 

End of an Era The Last Sports Day

Did I pay for my efforts the next day? Hell yes, I could barely walk while the triplets were wondering what all the fuss was about. However it was worth it to make the kids proud and end on a high from  a decade of sitting in a field watching my six children each put their all into competing  for their school teams.

 

 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

 

 As I had my last sports day Mummy of two and Little Hearts Big Love enjoyed their first. 

Mum M & More reminded me we need to get out with our National Trust pass more this summer  

I loved the look of this holiday to Mexico and the Meyan Ruins from Keitha's Chaos

I was totally taken with this bare foot walk from Buba Blue and Me 

Forest schools are right up my street looking at this post from Me and the Tiny Three 

Gemma the Family Girl visited one of my favourite zoos in Devon

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 26th, 2015 - Fiona

Launceston Steam Fair

We had a wonderful family day at the Launceston Fair a couple of years ago and on hearing it was taking place again we were keen for a follow up trip. I am still coming to terms with my teens choosing not to accompany us on all our family outings and reluctantly left them to fend for themselves at home instead taking just Guy, Clio and Clio’s friend.

 

Launceston Steam Fair

On arriving the sun was shining and the fair had a real festival buzz about it. The kids wasted no time in spotting the most sick making machine at the show and insisted on making it their first venture. I conceded on the basis that at least they hadn’t eaten anything yet! It was rather like a mini fairground wheel that tossed you upside down and back to front, it made me feel sick just to watch but Clio insisted her screams signified she was enjoying the ride!

Clio on the Gyro Ride

Guy found a paintball shooting range. What boy could resist proving himself here with plenty of scary targets waiting to be struck?

 

Guy at the Shooting Range

 

The girls then sauntered off to look at jewellery and clothes tents. I was really impressed with the range of stalls there, always something to tempt you that you don’t see in everyday shops.

 

Range of stalls

 

Besides the stalls there were endless displays in the arenas. Guy set his new back pack come stool up in the front row to watch as the Minion dance moved into war time classics before the mini plane came thundering down the field, although apparently there was insufficient space for it to actually take off.

Guy sat watching the show

My favourite display was the kids on their motorbikes. How they make those stunt bikes climb and jump I don’t know but it is a thrill to watch.

 

Kids on Scrambler Bikes

 

Motion in miniature had us all captivated as from fairground ride to steam trains every stand had a mini working model. Further down the big brother counterparts whistled, chugged and sputtered oozing charm and nostalgia for a bye gone era.

 

Vintage Vehicles

Having munched our way round the stalls and invested in far more impulse purchases than strictly necessary we were about to leave when Guy spotted the bike challenge from last year and just had to have a go. It looks so easy, just cycle a few yards on a bicycle with the handlebars on back to front and claim £15. Needless to say it is much harder than it sounds and poor Guy had to forfeit his last £2 and concede defeat. No doubt he will be back for another try next year!

Guy on the wrong way bike

The video captures much of the fun from the day and the children are looking forward to more Cornish events this summer.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

 

 Farm fun with animal interaction that reminds me of Coombe Mill on a day out for Life at Cooks Cabin

This fairy walk from The Evans Crittens will have you captivated 

Outdoors Mom combines nature and Frozen to the delight of her children.

 If only Edinburgh Zoo was closer, North East Family Fun make it look like a great family day out

 Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary takes the family on a real adventure camping where the sunset and sunrise meet

All my Geography lessons in one day with these welsh Caves from 92 three 30 

Small Wonders proves that you don't need to wait for a sunny day to enjoy the outdoors 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 19th, 2015 - Fiona

Fairy Cakes and wizard’s potion 

Here on the farm we had an active group of preschool age boys and girls staying all hoping for some childhood fun for Activity Hour. Thanks to commissioning our new mud kitchen in the week I had a plan forming that I knew would engage them all.

 

Fairy Cakes and Wizards Potion

 

We began as usual over at the craft tent where the children set to work making magic wands to their own design. We secured the ribbons with Clio’s endless supply of old loom bands.

 

Making the Fairy Wands

 

I shared my new laminated recipes for the Mud kitchen for Fairy Cakes, Wizard’s Potion and Goblin Gratin and the children were captivated, their imaginations racing.

 

Mud Kitchen Recipe Cards

 

They didn’t need asking twice to choose a wizard or fairy outfit from our fancy dress collection and then armed with wands and empty containers we made our way across the farm to the mud kitchen filling our containers along the way with cooking ingredients from nature.

 

Collecting ingredients for the Mud Kitchen

 

I was delighted to stand back and watch as the children aged just two to six worked together making dinner for the fairies. There was much concentration, plenty of stirring and waving of wands as fairy cakes baked in the oven and potions boiled on the hob. Listening in on their conversations it was plain to see they were totally wrapped up in the task and loving this new space.

 

Making Mud Pies in the Mud Kitchen

Satisfied with the results the children carefully carried their meals over to the fairy garden discussing recipes as they walked.

Carrying the Fairies Food

Entering the gardens the children turned cakes out by Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs, fed them to our resident gnome and ladled potion and scattered meals around the edge of the pathways ready for the fairies to come down from the trees and out from the bushes.  All that remained was to wave wands and sound the wind chimes to alert the fairies that dinner was served.

 

Feeding the Fairies and Goblins

 

While we waited for the fairies to come Farmer Nick had another project waiting for us on the lower tier of the fairy garden.  The Coombe Mill bug house was taking shape but needed filling with bamboo lengths. Several of the older boys helped to stuff them inside. They were a little disappointed it wasn’t instantly filled with creepy crawlies so I relocated our stone lady bird to sit on top for now. I’m sure it will be a thriving hotel in no time.

 

Filling up the Bug Hotel

 

It was an hour of enchanted childlike play stimulating imagination and creativity in the children with plenty of teamwork too. I can see both our Mud Kitchen and Bug Hotel having plenty of use over the summer season.

 

 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

 

The Eden project is a wonderful Cornish attraction, made even better by a visit from Mr Bloom as Our footprints on the world discovered. 

Scavenger Hunts are a great way to enjoy nature for kids, this simple colour one from Baby Routes means even toddlers can give it a go.

Shaun the sheep came to London and would keep you fit if you managed to spot him on every corner as Little Hearts, Big Love did.

If you like the idea of a fairy garden, why not try this miniature one with wildflowers as made by Mother's Little Steps  I've noted it for a future Activity Hour here.

St David's Cathedral is a popular visiting place for Diary of the Evans Crittens and reading their post it is easy to see why.

Life Unexpected enjoyed a day out at one of my favourite Cornish attractions for families with young children, Dairyland.  

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 12th, 2015 - Fiona

 

Leave our eggs!

Every summer just as the egg production from the chickens really sets in so the crows arrive.  The children hunt high and low each morning on the feed run in all the chicken laying boxes and scour the undergrowth in the field in search of eggs, but the early mornings give the crows a head start on us. So often we are left with a pitiful collection in our farm bucket only to find the evidence of the crows tasty breakfast feast scattered around the deer field by way of empty egg shells!

 

Crows, Broken Eggs and Feeding Chickens

 

There had to be a way to beat the crows, other than waking up at 4am to chase them away.  Amber was running the morning feed run when the answer dawned to make scare crows. This was the perfect answer to an annoying problem and one our younger guests could help with for activity hour. In no time we began planning our giant scarecrow and mini ones that each child could make too.

 

Scarecrow making

As everyone gathered for the afternoon session we split into two groups, Amber and some of the adults helped cut tunics out of an old sheet while I led an expedition to the fairy garden in search of twigs for our scarecrow frames.

Cutting tunics and collecting sticks

The children set to work decorating their tunics in their own bespoke designs and designing faces on paper bowls.

 

Colouring in the scarecrows

To assemble them we used string to make a cross for the body and arms, fed our tunics over these and secured the heads by poking the neck of the sick through the paper bowl.

Making mini scarecrows

When every child had their own mini scarecrow ready we set off for Jurassic Park where the chickens lived stopping by Farmer Nick’s shed for some straw to stuff our giant scarecrow that was made much the same way but kitted out in some of my children’s old clothes! Together we stuffed the stick structure into shape and dug the whittled end into the ground.

 

Filling the big scarecrow

 

The children then pushed their mini scarecrows into the ground around the field near all the laying boxes and stood back to admire their work.

 

Placing the Mini Scarecrows around the field

We all set off for the evening train ride in the hope that flapping tunics would deter the morning crows.

 

 

With no feed fun on a Saturday it was the new guests on Sunday who reaped the rewards of our scarecrows; I think we really did make a difference with a bucket full of eggs to share.

 

Morning Feed Run Eggs

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Outdoor kids are healthy kids, even if it is just an hour in the park or the garden a little time outdoors is good for them and for us parents too. If you have been enjoying the freedom and space of outdoors please come and join the linky. All activities from garden crafts to adventure days are welcome but please do make sure they are based outside. Please grab the badge to link back here and remember to check out some of the other posts linked up, you may just find the inspiration for your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

I was totally taken with the idea of a sensory garden at the Wolseley Centre visited by Odd Socks and Lollipops

Herne Hill Mum shared 3 of my favourite days out from Coombe Mill from her family visit in May

We have all enjoyed the Royal Cornwall Show last week, I've not managed to write about it this year but Time to Craft did for the Royal Bath and West which looks every bit as much fun.  

Stockeld Park had a special visitor in the form of Mr Bloom entertaining Yorkshire Tots for the day 

Buba Blue and Me enjoyed an educational day learning about Shakespeare's mother, with plenty to see and do for little ones.

The Beasley Buzz had a wonderful break with some very posh camping and plenty of outdoor fun. 

Buba Blue and Me enjoyed an educational day learning about Shakespeare's mother, with plenty to see and do for little ones.

I loved this adventure from Fun as a Gran placing geocaches to earn a cub scout badge.

Exploring off the beaten trail can lead to some lovely discoveries as Mother Scuffer and Sophie Is discovered. 

 

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