Country Kids 7th January 2017

Posted on January 6th, 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. 

Welcome to Country Kids

A new year of Country Kids

I hope you and your family have enjoyed a wonderful festive season and managed plenty of outdoor fun between the turkey and chocolates! Christmas and New Year were action packed here on the farm. From seasonal activities to our own family days out, we did ourselves proud. It make take me a few weeks to share everything but I’m enjoying reliving the memories as I do. I do hope you’ll join me sharing yours too.

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 17th December

1st Steph from Renovaion Bay-Bee with 23 comments

2nd Hiedi from Him Me and Three with 16 comments

3rd Stacey from A Mums Blind Love with 15 comments

4 guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts. 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 17th December added to the shortlist for winning the end of year Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Steph from Renovation Bay-Bee. 

Longleat Safari Park put on a magical festive light show which combined with a Santa visit looked an amazing pre Christmas day out enjoyed by Steph at Renovation Bay-Bee

Mottisfont Abbey had a wonderful 12 days of Christmas trail running which Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin completed. I’m seriously considering copying this one at Coombe Mill for Christmas this year. 

The December year end Rockfish winner is Steph from Renovation Bay-Bee. There were some gorgeous Christmas posts to choose from and some great top commenters making this decision so hard. In the end the lovely night photos and mix of activities during the day made this post my favourite. Well done Steph. Please take a look at the lovely Rockfish site and email or DM me your choice from the items in stock.

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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 1000 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

I have two favourite selections to share from the festive Christmas and New Year weeks. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

   @mumfriendlyjo @coffeecakekids @klikphotocy @littleheartsbiglove @mytwomums @pixiedusk @jugglingskates @goingonanadventureblog

 

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Christmas Eve Activity Hour

Posted on January 6th, 2017 - Fiona

Christmas on the farm has been a whirl of fun and laughter. Coombe Mill was fully booked and with many returning for a second or third Christmas with us, expectations were riding high for our special Christmas Eve activity Hour following the success of last year.  I spent some time planning and preparing and it was worth it with so many joining in.

christmas eve activity hour

Dressed as Mrs Claus, I explained to an attentive audience all the things I hoped to complete in the afternoon.  First off was baking biscuits for the children to leave out for Santa as I had been tipped off that these were a favourite of his.

Making Cookies at Coombe Mill

With biscuits baking we set about making our Christmas Gift Tree Decorations. I have a lovely tutorial for this one over on #Trash2Treasure if you fancy doing them next year. They are really simple and fun and made a great way to decorate our Christmas Tree ahead of the party later that evening.

making the christmas gift tree decorations

Moving on we made some fun Christmas Eve Reindeer and Santa Tags ready for when our biscuits came out of the oven. The children were really thoughtful with their messages to Santa on the back.

making the Reindeer and Santa tags

The Games room was smelling delicious as the biscuits came out of the oven. However they were still very hot so we took everyone off on the elf  trail we had laid out beforehand. Each child had a sheet to tick off the elves as they found them and to make a note of the letter hidden behind each elf.

on the elf hunt

 At the end of the Trail the children rearranged the letters to make the word “Rudolph”.  Such a simple idea but they had a wonderful time and were thrilled to complete their sheets.

Completing the Coombe Mill Reindeer trail on Christmas Eve. #reindeertrail #countrykidsfun #outdoorsandhappy #coombemillxmas #coombemill #trail #forest #woods #whatevertheweatherkids #curiouslittleexplorers #outdoorfun #kidsoutdoors #activekids #adventure

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And there was more Elf fun!   

At the end of the bamboo tunnel my little elves were waiting to hand out reindeer food to go with the tags the children had made earlier and chocolate pennies for discovering the word.

lining up for the elves

The children queued to visit the elves and then took advantage of a little adventure play while everyone had their turn.

on the rope swing

There were a few wet welly boots by the time we returned to the games room but everyone was refreshed and ready to wrap and tag their Santa biscuit parcels and reindeer  treats. 

finishing off the santa and reindeer gifts

I was amazed we managed to pack everything in with so many, but we were on a tight timescale with the Santa Express firing up in the distance. I’ll be sharing all about that one next week. It’s safe to say children staying here are more than ready for their beds by the end of Christmas Eve at Coombe Mill!

 

I hope your Christmas Eve was fun packed too.

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Country Kids 17th December 2016

Posted on December 16th, 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 17th December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This will be the last Country Kids for 2016. Not that I expect everyone to put their feet up and slob out over Christmas, far from it! I’m just after a little family time for some outdoor adventures of our own and I will be busy creating happy memories for all our holiday guests too.  This link up will stay live until the end of the year if you have posts you’d like to add. I will do a full comment count up in time for the next Country Kids on 7th January.

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 3rd December

1st Josefine from My Danglish Family with 17 comments

2nd Tracey from Mummy Shire and Sara with Mum Turned Mom with 15 comments

3rd Heidi from Him Me and Three and Louise from Little Hearts Big Love with 14 comments

1 guilty blogger linking up again and not commenting on any posts. Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

A warm Welcome

I’m delighted to welcome Stacey from A Mum’s blind Love and Lucy from Kids of the Wild to Country Kids. Thank you both for linking up last week and I hope you can join me again.

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.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the December Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Josefine from My Danglish Family

I really enjoyed the night time Christmas lights at Waddesdon Manor from Mummyshire

Elf hunting among the animals at Aldenham Country Park from Stacey at A Mum’s Blind Love looks a great value afternoon activity.

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.

My Favourite photos from last week were: @thishappenedtometoday @stoppingattwo @pettittjason @chelseamamma Check them out on Instagram if you are not already following.
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 830 photos in there. 

 

 

My #countrykidsfun favourites this week. Thank you @thishappenedtometoday @stoppingattwo @pettittjason @chelseamamma please keep the outdoor family fun photos rolling

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Toddler Crafts for Autumn

Posted on December 16th, 2016 - Fiona

I’m not often struggling for a theme for activity hour. But when my group of children are just age one and two I know I need to keep things fast paced, uncomplicated, very visual and engaging or they will vote with their feet and leave. With this in mind I set about combining as many really easy toddler crafts for autumn as I could into the hour with a good dollop of flexibility to give me a chance to pick up on cues from the children for when to move on.  

Toddler Crafts for Autumn

We began with a story about Finger Mouse and his friends down by the river. Straight away the book captured their imaginations and when I changed the end from Finger Mouse going to bed to going on an adventure they were all ready to begin.

Reading a story in the Coombe Mill Grounds

A Scavenger Hunt in the Fairy Gardens

I kept our nature discoveries local to accommodate little legs. One little boy had only just learned to walk here on the farm this week and was making amazing progress but I didn’t want to push him too far, so we settled for the bounty that lay within the fairy gardens. The children were soon scavenging along the floor for fallen leaves, twigs and flower petals. Autumn is such a wonderful time as nature visibly sheds summer and litters the ground.

 

Autumn nature hunt in the Fairy Gardens at Coombe Mill Holidays

Toddler Crafts Let’s Begin

We took a circular loop emerging out from the gardens back by the games room to our Little Tikkes  table ready to start our autumn toddler crafts (I have to say huge thanks here to Sue O’Hagan from The Ship Anson, a regular visitor to Coombe Mill, for donating this table along with lots of our craft resources).  I had taped a sheet from my wall paper roll to the table and laid each child out a card with their initial in sticky backed plastic. The parents helped me to remove the backing layer as the children sat down and began to examine their collected treasure.  I was super impressed with our young crafters as they selected items to stick onto the tape to reveal their initial.

 

toddler crafts from nature for autumn

After this more structured activity I simply put out autumn coloured paints and brushes and let the children create on the wall paper. They each selected their own designs by printing with the leftover nature leaves and colour mixing with bushes to make their own pictures. We had the fairy gardens being painted, secret doors and Mummy and Daddy. It was lovely to stand back while their young minds created.

Toddler Nature Crafts Painting Autumn Colours

Once the paintings began to merge into a sea of brown I took this as my cue to wash hands and move on.  With a clean wall paper sheet, a whitewashed circle of sliced branch each and a pot of crayons they made themselves some great work medals.

Toddler nature crafts making good work branch medals

Bubble Giggles

After all their concentration we finished off with some run around time on the lawn chasing bubbles. It was just what they needed after concentrating so well. I found myself laughing with them as they followed the bubbles.

Blowing bubbles for toddlers on the farm

As I caught up with the parents again later at the train I marvelled at how the children were still going; from helping Farmer Nick first thing with the animals, through my crafts and then on to evening train ride.  Hopefully they all slept soundly after a busy day outdoors on the farm.   

 

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Country Kids 10th December 2016

Posted on December 9th, 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. 

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So Christmas creeps ever closer and the days seem to turn to night before they’ve hardly got going. We are busy on the farm preparing for Christmas, the trees have been going into the properties and the outside lights are on. The photo above is my little helper Clio. She looks so grown up here but she is just 12…..going on 18! I still have the train tunnel to transform with Guy and then we will be ready to welcome our Christmas guests. I hope your preparations are going well and that you are finding some outdoor time, whether it is watching Christmas lights in the night sky or enjoying some day time play.

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 3rd December

1st Heidi from Him Me and Three with 19 comments

2nd Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops and Karen from Would Like to Be with 17 comments

3rd Louise from Little Hearts Big Love with 13 comments

I’d also like to say a massive thank you to Karen from Two Tiny Hands, Sonia from Mummy Constant and Joanne from Kiddie Holidays who didn’t join in this week but shared some #CountryKids blog love all the same. 

1 guilty blogger linking up and not commenting on any posts. If that was you please go back.

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.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the December Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Hiedi from Him Me and Three 

Warwick Castle seems to have something for all ages to enjoy and some beautiful Christmas Trees if you can make a Christmas visit as Over 40 Mum to One did.  

I do like a Christmas Tradition, visiting Santa is a classic and Odd socks and Lollipops have found just the place 

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.

My Favourite photos from last week were: 


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 770 photos in there. Congratulations to this week's winners @mumturnedmom @thejoyoffive @hollowayfamilynorth and @over40andamumtoone

Check them out on Instagram if you are not already following.

My #countrykidsfun favourites of the week. Thank you for another week of wonderful outdoor photos tagged on Instagram and congrats to @mumturnedmom @thejoyoffive @hollowayfamilynorth and @over40andamumtoone all featured in tomorrow's #countrykids post over on the blog

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