Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 10th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill with kids on the Coombe Mill Goat Trampoline

 

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I have been running this linky for over 4 years and would love you to join in. The objectives today are the same as they have always been:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

I have had a lovely following over the years with great involvement in the link up. I’ve never had to impose any rules apart from the outdoor nature of the post. It was always a given that visiting and commenting on others was a way to inspire fresh ideas for your own outdoor adventures and sharing was commonplace.  However I’ve noticed recently that while some still adopt this philosophy, others are missing the point. To this end I am now clarifying what joining in with Country Kids involves:

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.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  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 featured or considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link 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.

Thank you to my top 3 commentators from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 26 posts  

2nd Emma from Island Living who commented on 17 posts

3rd Cheryl from Time to Craft who Commented on 12 posts

Do check out their posts too.

From next week the top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies provided other giveaway criteria are met.

 On a more depressing note there were 12 who ‘link dumped and ran’ with no comment on my post or any other. Please pop back here to rectify if this is you.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

Post from last week in with a chance of the June Rockfish Wellies:

Fun in the Trees from Ups, downs, smiles and Frowns

A weekend of Camping fun from Lakes Singles Mum 

an enchanted Museum from Little Hearts, Big Love 

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun.

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 19

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I’d love you to join me: 

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Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

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The Magic Faraway Tree

Posted on June 10th, 2016 - Fiona

Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree

I do like to keep the themes fresh and the ideas moving forward on our farm activity hour. This week we had a predominance of girls staying with us and a wide age range, with a couple of families who were allowed holiday leave from school.  It can be challenging to find something that appeals across the age groups but my plans this week suited everyone.    

Discovering the Magic Faraway Tree along the Welly Walk at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

It is a while since we have had an activity hour session using the Coombe Mill Welly Walk. There is a tree at the far end which is home to our rope swing. I was fairly certain no one had ventured down during the week. It was whilst counting lambs on my morning farm checks and glancing down the welly walk that an idea came to me. The tree at the end reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books, The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. Suddenly I could picture fairies, tree people and adventure all around. I had Farmer Nick slice up a branch into sections for us to make fairy doors.  The children decorated their doors with paint and pens, adding their own interpretations on the classic story. I was surprised to find that one 9 year old had even read the book; it is lovely to think that this story is still going strong, generations after it was written. With doors painted, we created magic pebbles to lie around the base of the tree and loaded them all onto trays.

 

Painting fairy doors and pebbles for the Coombe Mill Magic Faraway Tree

 

Handing out welly walk sheets we set off to complete the challenges. There were leaves to identify, waterfalls to find, fords to leap over and gates to open without allowing any sheep to escape! The children had no problem spotting the signs showing them which way to go. It was really rather pretty with the bracken and bluebells all fighting for space along the banks; parents were shocked that they had not discovered this area of the farm all week.

 

Exploring the Coombe Mill Welly Walk in search of the Magic Faraway Tree

 

Our bamboo tunnel captured their imagination as they all ran through.

Running through the bamboo tunnel on the welly walk this afternoon. #kids #kidsfun #nature #naturetrail #wellywalk #holiday #cornwall #activekids #challenge #adventure #wildchild #wild #playtime #woodland #fun

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On the other side of the tunnel, in a clearing,  stood the Magic Faraway Tree.  We added our fairy doors to the trunk and laid the pebbles around the base.

 

Finding the Magic Faraway Tree at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

Each child then took a ball of clay to make a tree face, embellishing the facial features with nature.

 

Adding nature faces on the Magic Faraway Tree at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

There were some great designs and the finished effect was quite impressive with the tree folk and fairy doors up the tree trunk. It was time to embrace The Magic Faraway Tree and share in its fun with a turn on the rope swing. It was safe to say that this was a huge hit from youngest to oldest.

 

Playing on the rope swing under the Magic Faraway Tree at Coombe Mill

It felt a shame to break the fun and take everyone back for the train. As all my own children were away on various adventures from Scouts to Ballet with Farmer Nick, it was me running the train. We did an extra lap for good luck before rounding off the evening on the pirate ship.

 

Enjoying the Coombe Mill Railway and Play Areas at the Farm

 

I think there were tired children going to bed that night; each with their own dreams of The Magic Faraway Tree.  

 

 

 

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For the link up and Country Kids rules please click here

 

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Bush Crafts and Bear Grylls Survival Skills

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

There is nothing I like more than to see my kids being kids. Yet at age 12 upwards I am seeing their childish side less frequently. However come the holidays, with older children staying on holiday and time away from the social pressures of school, my children learn to be the kids they are once again. This is when they remember  to enjoy the farm and test out their bush crafts,  creating Bear Grylls style survival challenges.

Guy led the initiative this half term when he met up with a good friend who stayed last year. The boys soon picked up where they left off reminiscing over camping and fishing adventures and began planning this year’s challenge. Others soon joined in with a plan to build a survival camp and be like Bear Grylls on the Coombe Mill river island. The numbers swelled as boys of all ages began chopping firewood and making camp, swinging across the river and clambering up and down to the island.

Making a Bear Grylls style camp on river island at Coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage holidays. Cornwall

Parents all joined forces over a BBQ on the lawns keeping a distant watch over the boys whilst enjoying some adult time. The boys refused to leave their island preferring to heat their own beans on their campfire.  

Supper at river island Bear Grylls camp with parents watching over at Coombe Mill Holidays. Cornwall

As night fell, there was just Guy and his friend left bunking down for the night. However not long after 11pm I heard the door open and Guy come in. The ground was soggy and the fire had gone out. Suddenly, bush crafts and Bear Grylls didn’t feel such fun!

Kids sleeping wild on river island at Coombe Mill Holidays. Cornwall

By day two, they were rethinking the camp and set to work chopping branches to form a proper structure and covering it with foliage. When their camp was finished they added two camp beds and this time it looked like something they could actually spend the night in.

A real survival camp Bear Grylls style on river island at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

There were plenty of admirers and helpers coming and going.  Even my Screenager Theo came out to help and chopped a branch to form a bridge with a rope swing of dubious quality but added a new dimension to accessing the island for the brave.

Making a rope bridge to river island at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays. Cornwall

For me it was wonderful to see them out enjoying nature, using their imagination and testing some basic survival skills. I left the front door open just in case they came home again, but they stayed the whole night. By the time I went out to see them in the morning the fire was going and they were cooking breakfast. 

Cooking breakfast after a night of wild camping at Coombe Mill. #beargrylls #wildchild #camp #camping #holiday #kids #woods #woodland #bushcraft #campfire #cooking #bbq #breakfast

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Bear Grylls watch out, I have some boys after your job!

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out and Bear Grylls style challenges like my kids this week. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month.

Congratulations to Sally from Teddy Bears and Cardigans who is my May Winner of the Rockfish wellies with a lovely post from Dewstow about Fairies and Grottoes

Sally you can choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the June Rockfish Boots:

I never knew there were Cable Cars in London, MummyShire shares her experience of a family trip on them and now it's on my list too when we next visit. 

Running a half marathon through beautiful vineyards with family support looks like a wonderful weekend away for Catching the Magic 

Priory Maze and Gardens looks like a great family day out as discovered by Him, Me and Three

Island Living has been discovering the beauty of Norway, the photos of snow capped mountains are stunning. 

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun.

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 18

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Ahoy the Pirates are Sailing

Posted on May 27th, 2016 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I do like to be resourceful and rethink our activities on the farm using nature and whatever I have to hand. This week I had an inspired idea to reuse my box of treasures from a previous activity hour based on pirates, combined with the Maypole and cardboard boat from the previous two weeks. We would have a pirate activity hour with a colourful pirate boat. It was a great way to reuse things from before and create a whole new afternoon of dun on the farm.

Pirate ship and Map at Coombe Mill Family cottage Holidays. Cornwall

 

Creating Pirates

We began by raiding the dressing up box; we had a mix of traditional pirate gear and some pretty fairy pirates. All were welcome. Now all good pirates need an eye patch and cutlass and this was our first task to begin our adventure.

If you are interested in making these I am making downloadable printouts for my upcycling linky #Trash2Treasure which will be published on 6th June.

Making pirate crafts at Coombe Mill Family Farm cottage Holidays. Conrwall

With cutlasses and eye patches ready, I taped a huge chunk of wallpaper to the pathway adding dollops of pant. The children were tasked to turn this into a giant treasure map. They eagerly worked as a team painting islands, palm trees, a big sun and of course some red crosses to mark where the treasure would be. Meanwhile Guy had run off to the pirate play boat with my box of treasure to hide.   

Making a Giant Treasure Map and Studing the Treasure Box at coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage Holidays. Cornwall

The children declared the map complete and we were ready to make our pirates a ship. With a hole in the centre for the mast (previously a maypole), the children gathered sticks for oars while I tied the maypole ribbons to the handles of the boat to act as rigging. We laid the map ahead of the boat and the pirates climbed aboard. Taking up the oars we sang:

“Row row row your boat

Gently across the sea,

If you see a pirate coming

Don’t forget to scream! “Ahhhh”

A new take on row row row your boat for our Coombe Mill pirates! #kids #fun #imagination #trash2treassure #dressingup #holidayfun #cornwall

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Arriving on our treasure island, the pirates disembarked and quickly picked up my clue for the hidden treasure on the pirate play boat.

 

Pirates enjoying a Treasure Hunt at the Coombe Mill Family cottage holidays Pirate Ship

Pirate treasure was swapped for sweets and a Coombe Mill badge, and my little pirates returned home via the Coombe Mill Train. Still in imaginary mode, they waved their cutlasses and shouted shanty anthems as the train departed.

Pirate Train at Coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage Holidays. Cornwall

 

It was a wonderful activity hour with plenty of imagination and a great use of many of the resources I had gathered over the last few weeks.

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month.

My May winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the May Rockfish Boots:

 

It's festival and fair time of year. there are some lovely country fairs around that make a lovely family day out. I really enjoyed this one from Would Like to Be

I can never resisit a good beach. This remote beach in Pembrookshire was perfect for a day out for Dairy of the Evans Crittens

From tree top walk to science fun Westonbirt Arboretum has it all for Stopping at Two

Fairies and Grottoes are close to my heart, Teddy bears and Cardigans found them all at Dewstow Gardens

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 17

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How to make a Cardboard Rowing Boat

Posted on May 20th, 2016 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

There is no such thing as rubbish in my world. We had just taken delivery of a new running machine for the gyand while I helped Farmer Nick and the teens unpack it, I was already thinking of uses for the cardboard box it came in. It didn’t take me long to come up with a cardboard rowing boat and fairground games idea for my enormous box. Stimulating imagination and creativity in young children is a great way for them to develop and learn.

Practising Counting

My little group was age 2 to 4 and I wanted to weave some basic number work into our cardboard rowing boat adventure. I knew I had to keep things fast paced with little ones and took every opportunity to practise counting during the hour.

We began with a counting book in the games room, where the children counted, pointed and answered questions.

From here we moved on to one of our Early Years farm counting sheets from our website. The children needed a little help with the higher numbers but were great on the 1 – 5 range, matching farm pictures and numbers.

Reading and counting games to start Activity Hour at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Let’s make a cardboard rowing boat

There is only so much number work little minds can take on board, so we broadened our learning with imagination and role play. It was time to brave the drizzle outside as each child was tasked with finding two sticks to use as oars in our boat.

Stick hunting for Activity Hour at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

We used a pair of scissors to make holes in the cardboard just big enough to push a third of the stick through to form the oars.  Then the children climbed aboard and to a chorus of “row row row your boat” we set off to the fair in our cardboard rowing boat.  

How to make a cardboard rowing boat. Fun at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

At the fairground

The fairground had a game of skittles all waiting for the children. The other half of my cardboard box became the skittle alley with toilet roll inners as skittles and a soft ball to roll. The children soon got the hang of the game, taking it in turns to count how many they knocked down. With support and cheers from parents and help with counting, each was keen to improve their score.

We moved from knocking down skittles to throwing a ping pong ball into cups, after a week of farm fun and with imaginations taking hold, this soon turned into throwing the toy animals into the cups and I was delighted to watch them embellish the game.

Fairground games at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

 

Finally, the rain cleared and we were able to go back outside. The next challenge I’d set was a nature hunt to make a paint collage. The children searched around for twigs, leaves and flowers to make prints with while I set up a sheet of wallpaper with paints under the veranda of the games room.   

 

nature hunt

 

I started them off with a quick leaf print and then left them to explore with paint and nature, sticking on any pieces they wanted. I was thrilled with the enthusiasm of the children for their task, each of them doing something and progressing from nature prints to hand prints, watching colours mix and the collage grow.  

Making a nature art collage

When everyone was finished, I left the artwork to dry and hung it up on the games room wall, while Guy led the children over to the front lawn for the last train ride of the week.

Guy running the train at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

It was an involved challenge for my little ones this week but they coped really well. I even had one ask his Mum after if they could make a cardboard rowing boat at home. I’ve saved the boat as I have another idea forming in my mind for next time.

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month.

My May winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the May Rockfish Boots:

It isn't often I favour an urban post on Country Kids but this look at New York had plenty of walking, outdoor fun and sights galore from Mum turned Mom

A little imagination can turn beautiful gardens into magical fairy gardens as Little hearts big Love did with her girls

Mommy's Little Princesses found the perfect relaxing park for a family outing with her girls 

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 16

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