Creating a Halloween Display for Half Term

Posted on October 27th, 2017 - Fiona

Our Halloween Fun Day has become quite legendary taking place on the last day of half term, regardless of when Halloween falls. It takes a huge amount of preparation and I like to practice a few of the crafts the week leading up to half term with the guests here in activity hour. With a group ranging from age 1 to 12 I knew it would be a good test for what worked and how long each craft would take. Needless to say I had far more planned than we managed but it did all make a lovely Halloween display stand for Half Term and a few extras to take home as keepsakes.   

Creating a Halloween Display for Half Term

Lighting the way

We began by making decorative tea light jars.  The children disappeared off in search of pretty autumn coloured leaves while I applied PVA glue to all the jars and placed a tea light inside.

Collecting autumn leaves

By the time they returned I had a jar ready for everyone and a stack of coloured tissue paper to intersperse with the leaves.

 

 

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We finished the lights off with a piece of ribbon and added some to the Halloween display and kept others back for the children to take home.

Halloween printed bunting

My Halloween display was taking shape with a while sheet and some Icicle lighting over a delivery pallet but it looked a bit plain. We used large windfall cooking apples to make Ghost, pumpkin and Bat stencils and printed triangles of sheeting to make festive bunting. I stapled each piece onto string to make the bunting but had a really job keeping up with my enthusiastic printers!

Stencil painting Halloween Bunting

Watch out for the ghosts

The younger children then moved on to making spooky hand print ghosts on black card. It sounds so simple but they really had to think about how they were placing their hands on the card to create the ghost effect. We gave them each a little directional smudge to make them look like they were floating through the night. Adding fingerprint faces really brought them to life…..Oooooh!

 

Painting Hand Print Ghosts for the Coombe Mill Halloween Display

Giant Pumpkin Painting

We wanted a new game for the fun day and came up with throwing spooky items into the pumpkin. Farmer Nick purchased a giant bag of plastic creepy crawlies on his travels which would work a treat and we set a couple of the older girls to work painting the pumpkin we had drawn on a giant reclaimed piece of card packaging. They did a wonderful job and I’m really excited to try the game now.

Painting a giant pumpkin for the Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

Pumpkin Carving

Still in full pumpkin flow the girls designed and carved a real pumpkin for me to take centre stage on our Halloween display.

Painting a giant pumpkin for the Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

I hadn’t even started on my toilet roll crafts and monster eyes but we had run out of time, the night was drawing in and storm Brian threatening to take hold! I wasn’t going to be short of crafts for our half term fun day, I just had to cross my fingers with the Cornish weather; more on that one next week.

 

Putting together our Halloween Display for Half Term

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Country Kids 21st October 17

Posted on October 20th, 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. 

Chasing Geese Country Kids 21.10.17

Half Term Already!

Wow that was a quick half a term! I still feel like I am getting used to it being autumn and already we have the clocks about to go back and signs of Christmas around. I’m determined to push that to the back of my mind, enjoy half term with my kids and indulge in some Halloween fun with the children on holiday here. I hope you will do the same and don’t forget to share your adventures on the link up below. 

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  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 15 posts.4
  3. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 12 posts.

We have just one guilty blogger link dumping this week, Please go back if it is you. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

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 October Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter :  Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Pumpkin patches are all the rage this year. We don’t have one near us but Emma from The Joy of Five visited a lovely one 

And Dear Mummy another, my 3 from Tesco are just not the same! 

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#countrykidsfun featured images this week go to @countryvicarswife @claireshutt_ @home.corner.stories @wildmamawildtribe thank you for all the lovely tags again this week, please keep them coming. Don't forget the #countrykids blog link up is live from midnight. Happy weekend and half term everyone xx. #pumpkinpatch #autumn autumnlight #playfull #childhoodmoments #outdooradventures #outdoorkids #funtimes #explorerkids #seaside

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Pig Crafts to Nutritious Acorn Snacks

Posted on October 20th, 2017 - Fiona

Faced with one of the seasons wet autumn days and a very young group of eager little helpers, I had had to have a quick rethink about my planned autumn leaf activities. Soggy leaves were just not doing it in my mind so I moved the theme to pig crafts. Our growing piglets are a delight to all our visitors and as one of their favourite foods is windfall acorns, I thought I could work on the idea of a nutritious snack for Sally the pig and her piglets and something fun and delicious for the children.

 

Pig Crafts and Acorn Snacks

 

Farm Stories

 

With tiny tots a story is often a good way to get things started. I chose a couple of very simple farm animal books to bring back all they had learned on a week at the farm. Gradually shyness melted away and interest grew.

 

Farm animal stories for activity hour on holiday

 

Pig crafts

 

I had the craft table indoors out of the rain and wind and handed out my piglet templates. The children set to work painting their pigs. There was no requirement to stay within the lines as we were going to leave them to try and cut out the pieces later on.

 

Messy play for tiny tots making pig keepsakes in activity hour here 🐷 #craft #craftykids #toddlercraft #holidayfun #creativekids #makingmemories

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Little Pig cup cakes

 

From painting pictures to decorating cup cakes with pig faces the theme moved on at quite a pace.

 

decorating cup cakes with pig faces

 

I had been tipped off about a special birthday and made a little cup cake pre-decorated with candles to accompany a birthday cake from the parents. Candles, a cake and everyone singing can be overwhelming when you are just 2, but the birthday girl and her new friends took it all in their stride.  

 

Birthday celebrations at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

A nutritious acorn snack

 

Finally the rain was easing enough for us to brave the outdoors and help digest the birthday cake. I handed out collecting cups and with raincoats and wellies we began hunting for acorns as a treat for Sally the pig. They were falling all over the car park and it didn’t take my eagle eyed tots long to start finding them.

 

Finding acorns at Coombe Mill Farm

A long walk for little legs

 

Collecting things is a great way to distract little legs who were rather hoping Farmer Nick would come by with his tractor to give them a lift.

 

Walking to the farm in the rain

 

Finally we made it to the pig sty with brimming cups of acorns and tipped them in for Sally and her piglets to enjoy.

 

Feeding acorns to Sally and her piglets

 

What about those Piggy Paintings

 

We came back the shorter route over the footbridge to see how our piggy paintings were drying. Some were still tacky but they were dry enough to be cut and stapled together to make keepsake pigs for the children.

Making little piggies 🐷 to match our little piglets #pig #piglet #creative #creativekids #painting #countrykidsfun #coombemill #farmfun #farmanimals

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Everyone left with their pig crafts, pig face cakes and a tummy full of birthday cake. It was a busy afternoon for my eager 2 year olds. Many didn’t even manage the 6pm train I’d worn them out so much!

 

 

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Country Kids 14th October 17

Posted on October 13th, 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. 

pooh sticks on Coombe Mill foot Bridge

Autumn is too pretty to stay indoors

Whether you love or loathe the fading daylight of autumn, there is no denying the stunning colours in the countryside and fallen treasures in the wind. Here on the farm we have been busy crafting with acorns and autumn leaves, looking at the changes in the weather and using the scattered debris from the trees as a ready supply for playing Pooh Sticks.  Autumn really is too pretty to stay indoors, grab your wellies and head on out. Don’t forget to share your fun 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 12 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 11 posts.
  3. Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin who commented on 10. posts.

We had no link dumpers last week so thanks to everyone who joined in. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

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 October Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter :  Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Otis and Us shares an adventure playground every child would love 

I do love a country show and the Malvern autumn show looks full of surprises as visited by Stopping at Two

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 6700 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @tammymumuk@mammasschool, @fredtedandcompany & @over40andamumtoone. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images this week go to @tammymumuk @mammasschool @fredtedandcompany @over40andamumtoone thank you for all the lovely outdoor fun photo tags this week . Have a great weekend and keep the fun rolling in. Don't forget the #countrykids link up will be live on the blog from midnight.

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Windsocks and cloud journals for weather Studies

Posted on October 13th, 2017 - Fiona

After a lovely activity hour studying the weather a few weeks ago I was determined to return to the theme as I still had plenty of ideas I knew our older children would enjoy. It turned out to be a good decision for two key reasons: We had a wide spread of ages and I knew my windsocks would work for everyone and the weather itself moved from threatening cloud formations to sunshine during the afternoon so we had plenty to see.

Windsocks and Cloud Journals for weather studies

Measuring wind with windsocks

Last time we studied the weather we made rain gauges, this time I wanted to try windsocks made to my own patented design.  We began by decorating a sheet of paper to wrap around an old plastic drink bottle.

Making & decorating wind socks at Coombe Mill

Next the children chose colours of floristry ribbon to make the floaty tail for the wind to catch. We fixed these through the end of the bottle by punching holes with a hole punch. Doing the same at the top allowed us to add string to hang them up.

Adding ribbons for the wind to catch on windsocks

The little ones took great delight in racing up and down with their windsocks gathering wind in their wake while the older ones perfected their designs.

 

We made windsocks and ran around to create our own wind. Weather studies are full of fun here. #countrykidsfun #coombemill #outdoorsandhappy #fun #kidsfun #holidaymemories #funseekingkids #adventureisoutthere #creativekids #homemade #imaginationart #windsock

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Weather experiments

There were so many children our hour was almost up by the time everyone had finished their windsock, but they were so keen to carry on we just went with the flow.  Splitting into two groups Amber led the successful weather experiments from a few weeks ago but made it more challenging for the older ones by encouraging them to say how the props could make each weather condition.

 

Weather experiements for kids at Coombe Mill Holidays

Cloud Journals

Meanwhile I took another group to make cloud study journals. I had the 4 basic cloud types printed in a chart and the children used this to make booklets to record the cloud formation each day for a week.

Making cloud journals on holiday

 

We sat down and looked up to the sky to see today’s cloud pattern. From nimbus earlier we now had cumulus and status cloud. Heading back to the table the children entered their first days cloud pattern to their journals.

 

Cloud journal for holiday learning

 

The non scientific weather forecast

 Will it be sun, rain wind or snow, you’ll have to play the game: I helped the children fold paper into a little game I remember doing myself as a child. I think we used to use them for fortune telling and silly statements, but I thought they would make fun weather predictors. The children added colours to spell out in the first layer and numbers to count on the second before writing in 8 weather conditions you could pick as tomorrow’s forecast. Lots of fun and arguably as accurate as the BBC!

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By the time the evening train came round the windsocks were still flying high. Letting them catch the wind from the train was a lovely idea totally inspired by the children.

 

Train ride at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

I wonder if any of them will go onto be weather forecasters when they grow up. It was top of my list as a child.

 

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