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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Country Kids 25th March 2017

Posted on March 24th, 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 25th March '17

Farm Fun in Spring

Our Ewes are hopefully all pregnant and I am only early morning lamb watch each day. I have to say with the sleet and hail of last week I was crossing my fingers that our ewes were crossing their legs! The lovely ewe above is Ebony, our hand raised lamb of 3 years ago who is still super friendly and always happy to say hello. Have you spotted any spring lambs in the fields near you yet?

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 18th March:

  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 14 posts.

We have 3 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 March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Louise from Little Hearts Big Love. 

If you only have a small garden, this miniature pond from Acorn STEM could be just the answer

for a little inspiration on the things to do and discover in your local woods check out this lovely post from Four Acorns 

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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 2300 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @leilajophotos@ethannevelyn, @kippersandcurtains and @itsagingerbreadlife  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

My #countrykidsfun featured posts this week from @leilajophotos @ethannevelyn @kippersandcurtains and @itsagingerbreadlife you all get a mention on the #countrykids blog link up tomorrow. Thank you for all the fab outdoor photo tags again this week. Lots of fun going on. Happy weekend everyone and enjoy the sunshine ☀️ #countryside #activekids #outdooradventures #outdoorsandhappy #childhoodunplugged #outdoorexplorer #curiouslittleexplorers #pottyadventures #kidsplay #learningthroughplay #puddlefun #natureplay #nature #kidsoutdoors

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A Personal Update 

Lucy from Kids of the Wild has been away from Country Kids for a few weeks, in fact offline completely. Lucy's world fell apart with a frightening cancer diagnosis for her beautiful daughter. You can read Lucy's first post about their ordeal here. I'm sure you will join me in sending love and prayers and positive thoughts to the family at this difficult time.

-Fiona

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The Frog Life Cycle Explained

Posted on March 24th, 2017 - Fiona

Despite having quite a few staying with us, our craft and activity hour clashed with the best day of the week and most of our guests had taken advantage of a chance to visit the beach. I had just one little girl come along who had been looking forward to it all week. Having stayed before I knew she would be fine on her own and at just 4 years old I took a gamble she would be up to understanding the frog life cycle and the associated crafts I had planned.

The Frog Life cycle Explained

 

We began by talking about frogs and seeing if we could find one in the My first Animals book I had just reviewed.  This proved no problem.

 

Finding a frog in the My First Learning Garden Book

 

Encouraged by her understanding I moved onto explaining the life cycle from frogspawn to tadpoles, froglet and finally frog with some helpful printables to match and label.

 

Completing the Frog Life Cycle worksheets

 

At just four I was keen not to overdo the formal worksheets on holiday so we set off in search of frogspawn on the farm. I’d double checked beforehand that the place I’d identified last week still had some frogspawn there. 

 

Looking for Frogspawn in the streams

 

What I hadn’t tried before was wading into the depths of the stream to pull some out. It was very boggy and I didn’t want our guests stuck in the mud so I volunteered to carefully step down the bank and pull some up in our bucket.  To our complete joy there was not only live frogspawn but tadpoles already formed and swimming around.  We tipped the contents of the bucket into a jam jar to carry back to the art table and have a closer look, stopping on the way to see the toad under the bridge, a little clue along our wildlife trail. At this moment I wished he was a frog, but it was a chance to explain the difference.

Finding frogspawn and tadpoles on the farm

 

Getting the magnifying glass out we were able to see plenty of movement in the jar.

 

Child watching tadpoles through magnifying glass

 

While the tadpoles swam round we drew frogspawn with chalk on black paper. This was super effective and easy to create a lifelike effect.

 

Easy preschool frogspawn chalk drawing. Part of our frog life cycle study on the farm 🐸🐸🐸. #frogspawn #farm #kidscraft #education #learningthroughplay #learningisfun #homeeducator #holidayfun #froglifecycle #chalkboardart #chalkdrawing #childhoodunplugged #countrykidsfun #outdoorlearning #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorkids #farmstay #coombemill #creativekids

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We skipped drawing tadpoles and moved onto our creative frog game. In no time a toilet roll and a stick had become a frog with a fly to catch. I promised it was possible and had the parents both trying as well as the little girl.

 

making a frog catching a fly game

 

With some pre-made paper frogs we squeezed in one more activity, decorating frogs that jumped and then laughing over table top frog races. 

 

Jumping paper frogs 🐸 great fun to decorate and race for little ones #creativekids #coombemill #farmstay #outdoorkids #countrykidsfun #froglifecycle #learningisfun #learningthroughplay #education #craft #easycraft #homemade #homeeducator #holidayfun #farmcrafts #funtomake

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Time ran away from us and we caught up with the other families returning from their days out for a last train ride. There was great interest in the crafted frog game and our little 4 year old kindly let the other children have a go with her frog.

 

Frog crafts shared with other children at the Minature Train

 

I’m so pleased I didn’t shy away from taking on the frog life cycle theme with just one, it was great to have the time and energy to ensure understanding in one so young and the frog turned into a wonderful keepsake game.

 

 

 

Have you tried explaining the frog life cycle to little ones?

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Country Kids 18th March

Posted on March 17th, 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. 

Child Creating in the Coombe Mill Mud Kitchen

Rediscover the garden this Spring. 

The weather is finally warming up and we have had the lawn mower out for the first time this week. It’s a great time to rediscover areas of the garden, the local parks and garden toys. Here on the farm the children are enjoying the outdoor play areas again. Our mud kitchen is always a draw where culinary delights are created. I hope you have enjoyed some garden or park time this week and felt the sun on your face. Please come and share 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 11th March:

  1. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 19 posts.
  2. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 17 posts.
  3. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 13 posts.

Again we had no one  guilty of link dumping, so thank you to everyone joining in last week.

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 March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mammas School

I’ve always fancied a visit to Cheddar Gorge, Digital Motherhood makes it look like my geography books come to life 

A Mum’s blind love reminds me that just getting out into the park or garden in spring can be a great use of outdoor time. 

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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 2200 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @_i3eckie @larabeeuk @claire_nowmynameismummy @susiehawesPlease do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week @_i3eckie @larabeeuk @claire_nowmynameismummy @susiehawes thank you for a great week of outdoor fun tags. Please keep them coming and remember the #countrykids link up is live on my blog from midnight tonight

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Top Tips for visiting Fort Newhaven

Posted on March 17th, 2017 - Fiona

Down on the south coast and commanding a great position overlooking the sea and town, Fort Newhaven is a must visit for anyone with an interest in our war time history.  Built originally through fear of French Invasion in Napoleonic times, the Fort has undergone a number of war roles and is now listed as part of our English heritage. 

 

Top tips for visiting Fort Newhaven

 

We arrived on a cloudy and cold February day, despite this the views from the car park were rather impressive. We took in the surroundings, read the information boards and made our way to the entrance. I thought £25 for 6 of us to go in was very fair.

 

Arriving at Fort Newhaven for a family visit

 

No sooner had we entered into the fort than the children were given quiz sheets to work though and met by a local volunteer with a table full of war memorabilia for the children to examine.

 

Testing war items at Fort Newhaven

 

The poor volunteer looked rather taken back that Guy knew just how to operate the air rifle, I felt obliged to explain that we lived on a farm in Cornwall.

 

Guy testing the old rifle at Fort Newhaven

 

We joined one of the cinema viewings of the history of the Fort which was excellent and kept the kids enthralled.

 

Kids watching a film of the history of Fort Newhaven

 

There are a number of rooms leading off the main square each kitted out with different war time functions.  The children are all enjoying history at school and studying world war one so the visit felt like perfect timing.

 

The war exhibit rooms at Fort Newhaven

 

Interesting as the history was, it didn’t take the kids long to spot the playground. This was new since we came with our older children a few years ago and a welcome break from the educational aspect of the day and a perfect way to warm us up too.

 

Enjoying Play area at Fort Newhaven

 

 No visit to Fort Newhaven can be complete without a visit to the big guns. There are a number of paths, steps and tunnels that all interlink to the top. The kids took great pleasure in running up and down them, jumping in and out of the bunkers and around the guns.

 

The Guns and battlements at Fort Newhaven

 

Despite the murky day, the views from the top stretched for miles out to sea and inland.

 

Views from the top of Fort Newhaven

 

The sea looked a long way down. Yet there was a secret passage with more steps than I care to count to take you right down to the beach. Exploring down here was one of the highlights as the children were sure if they looked around hard enough they would find a door or window without padlocks where they could climb out onto the beach.

 

steps to beach level at Fort Newhaven

 

The secret entrance eluded them but they did discover a great spy game I may have to try and replicate at Coombe Mill. Coloured string was criss-crossed in a tunnel to represent electric wire and the challenge was to pass over and under the string without rattling the bells attached at either end. Fluorescent lighting added to the fun and kept them entertained for quite some time.

 

Testing the Spy Game at Fort Newhaven

 

For 3 almost teens who were quite indifferent to the prospect of a fort as a day out, they all reluctantly admitted that it was actually really rather fun and worthy of abandoning snap chat for a few hours!

 

 

Tips for visiting Fort Newhaven

  • Fort Newhaven is well signed on brown tourist signs as you enter the town

  • There is a height restriction to the car park, but our 9 seater mini bus just snuck under.

  • Family tickets work out best value and OAP rates are available too. I thought £25 for 6 of us was very fair.

  • It is worth checking the official website for any special event days.

  • There are toilets and a very adequate if not modern or glamorous cafe.

  • The steps make it unsuitable for wheelchairs and difficult with a buggy, though there are ramped alternatives to many of the key areas.

  • It is windy and exposed on the cliff top so dress accordingly even in summer.

  • I would say the Fort is most appreciated from age 8 upwards.

  • It is an educational day out but highly visual and a fun way to a little about our past.

 

 

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