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.

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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

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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

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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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Create a Magical Indoor Fairy Garden

Posted on May 16th, 2016 - Fiona

Wild Adventures Matter

We love to encourage imagination and creativity in children.  Our wild adventures will take you through to a world where imagination is a key.  Take an enchanted tour of our fairy gardens, mix up an amazing recipe is in our mud kitchen, build a camp in our purpose made den building zone or follow our welly walk challenge and discover our hidden tree swing.  Whichever you choose they are all designed to encourage imaginative play.

Wild Adventures at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

We often explore the wild areas of Coombe Mill during our Activity Hour, making new editions for the fairy garden or embracing a nature hunt. We also try to have something that children can take home and keep indoor too, like the spider plants we made last month.

Making Spider Plants at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

Creating an Indoor Fairy Garden

When the lovely folk at Prezzybox asked if I wanted to test out their new magical indoor fairy garden I was thrilled.  This is a gift after my own heart.  Let your imagination run wild building a fairy garden to your own style. All the magical accessories are included, though there is always scope to add your own too, all you really need to provide is compost.

Whats in the box Indoor Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

Clio helped me build ours; we had compost left from planting our greenhouse this season. It was super easy to follow the picture heavy instructions to build our fairy house and fill the garden.

Making the Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

It takes a steady hand and there are lots of small parts so I wouldn’t recommend this for under 4 years, the older your child, the more detail they will add and care they will take. The part I really love is the grass seed to scatter around the garden.  This needs to be carefully watered had on a regular basis.  When we finished creating our fairy garden we had fun choosing different places to play with it in the Coombe Mill fairy gardens.

Fairy Garden in the Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

As this is an indoor fairy garden I we took ours into the greenhouse to grow between the tomato plants.  the children have a rota for watering duty each evening that now includes the magical fairy garden.

Fairy Garden in the Green House at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

If you don’t have a greenhouse then a window ledge or sunny space indoors is ideal just remember the garden needs a little moisture to grow and you may need to turn it every few days so your grass doesn’t all grow pointing to the window. Sit back and watch your indoor fairy garden develop.  The grass will take a couple of weeks to grow and can be trimmed with a pair of scissors and the garden rearranged and recreated to your heart’s content.

What we Love

This is the ultimate gift for any child wishing to explore imagination, be creative and who is ready to accept a level of responsibility to make their indoor fairy garden grow. That’s a lot of benefits and all for just £12.95 from the Prezzybox website.

Fairy Garden with grass at Coombe Mill

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For your chance to win one of these beautiful gift sets just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

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Disclosure

We were sent our create and play indoor fairy garden to review for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


How to Grow Green Fingered Kids

Posted on May 6th, 2016 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Planting the Green House

After a weekend of visiting our local nursery at Cedar Croft followed by turning the cat out of the green house, Guy and I dug it over and planted up for summer with tomatoes, courgettes, strawberries and herbs. I clearly had spring planting on the brain and decided on developing green fingered kids for our activity hour.

Planting the green house at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall UK

Growing Green Fingered Kids for Activity Hour

I had a spider plant overtaking my kitchen which was sprouting of shoots all over the place. There was easily enough for one each for the children staying and I had a pot of compost left from our greenhouse planting. All I needed to start my green fingered kids off was something for them to plant into. Inspiration struck when I looked in my craft cupboard and saw the Birchalls Tea cups from a lovely tea tasting session last year. I knew they would come in handy one day.  This was the first time I had tried a gardening session, so I was a little apprehensive as to how my young helpers would get on.  I needn’t have worried, as soon as I explained what we were doing they were straight in the compost with trowels filling their cups and making a finger whole as I had shown for their baby spider plant.

Planting spider plants in activity hour at Coombe Mill family farm Holidays, Cornwall

With the planting complete, they set about decorating their Birchalls teacups to their own design and adding their names.  We lined them all up on the window ledge while I explained our next task.

Decorating spider plant cups at Coombe Mill Family farm Holidays. Cornwall, UK

A Nature Hunt

I had some laminated nature hunt pages from the website and challenged the children to find and tick off at least 4 on the list and that while they were doing it to find some sticks and foliage.  they were all spring flowers and the children had no trouble finding them.  

Nature Hunt at Coombe Mill Family FArm Holidays. Cornwall

Encouraging Imagination in Kids

Having matched the names and pictures of the flowers in spring,  we were now going to make pretty planters for the Fairy Gardens.  We washed and cut squash bottles, added a blob of clay to the base and stuck in our collected and foliage. Then we decorated the sticks with floristry ribbon and added these into the clay base too.

The finished results were really very pretty.  We took them to the fairy gardens along with a trowel and the children chose where to plant each one. Whilst waiting the children enjoyed sitting on Nick’s mushroom stools and playing.

Making planters for the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

When each one was safely in place I told the children how thrilled the fairies were and that back at the games room work station they had left a little treat to say thank you. 

How to Grow Green Fingered Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

Racing back the children soon found the golden chocolate eggs and Coombe Mill badges.  A little magic had been spread and I had grown some enthusiastic green fingered kids.

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 comment on my post about green fingered kids and 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 April 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 April Rockfish Boots:

Enjoying the British woodland is always a fun way to spend family time, discover a rope swing and a den and it becomes an adventure as Attachment Mummy  shows. 

Fairburn Ings has woodland adventure and more along their forest trails. I am totally taken with the log drum set tested by Mommy's Little Princesses 

Often woods will have a stream running through them, these can be a great natural play area and Wild About Here explains the benefit of this

 

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 14

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How to Make a Sailboat

Posted on May 1st, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure: Milk bottle Sailboat

I do like to mix up the crafts we make here for activity hour on the farm.  Each week I try to find something age appropriate and fun for the children staying.  I have learned through time that anything involving water is always appreciated.  I know how popular our mini raft race is each year but wanted to find something a little different for the following week.  Seeing how well milk bottles floated as rafts I worked on a design of sailboat using them too. It had to be simple enough for the children to follow but challenging enough to keep them busy.  Instead of racing our boats down the river we let them gently sail across the lake. The finished result was so successful I’m sharing how to make one here on Trash 2 Treasure.

How to Make a Sailboat. Upcycling fun from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornrwall

What you’ll need

  • Crepe paper
  • 2 x 4litre milk bottles or one 6 litre bottle
  • Scissors
  • Duck tape colours
  • String
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • 2 sticks, one fatter and one thinner
  • Your choice of things from nature like leaves and flowers.

 

What You'll Need to make a Sailboats at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

Method

  1. Pierce the milk bottle with the scissor tip and cut into two. Discard the handle end for the 4 litre bottles, or use both halves for the 6 litre bottle. Make sure both halves are an even height.
Cut the Milk Carton in Half: Step 1 to making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Cut Duck Tape Colours and Staple the boat together Step 2 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Cut a piece of Duck tape colours or masking tape and stick the longer stick to the centre of one half of the milk bottle to form the mast. Staple the two halves together with the stick in the middle.
  1. You are now ready to add some rigging. Use a hole punch to make 4 holes at each corner of the boat.
Punch 4 Holes: Step 3 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Cut and Tie one end of the string. Step 4 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Cut 4 pieces of string to equal lengths that reach from the newly punched holes to the tip of the mast. Tie one end of the string through the holes. 
  1. Thread your chosen nature bunting through the rigging. (we found using a scissor end or a fingernail did the trick). 
Threading the Leaves on the String. Step 5 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Tie the Rigging to the Top of the Mast. Step 6 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Tie all 4 pieces of rigging to the top of the mast and secure with tape if needed.
  1. Cut a square of crepe paper for your sail. Lay the smaller stick across one edge and staple over to make the boom.
Creating the Sail. Step 7 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Fold the Sail. Step 8 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Fold your sail to make a triangle
  1. Feed it through the string rigging securing to the top of the mast with tape.
Attaching the sail. Step 9 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Decorating and weighting the sail boat. Step 10 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Decorate your boat with leaves and petals and add a stone weight to each side and find a pond or lake to test your sailboat.

A few Extras you could try

Try swapping crepe paper for thin fabric like muslin for the sail

Make a peg man or animal to ride in your boat

Attach a piece of string to the back of your boat in case it gets caught and you need to pull it in

Create an egg man challenge.  We drew faces on eggs and challenged the children to successfully sail their egg person across the lake. We added a stone to counterbalance the weight on the other side of the boat.

Let the children use their imaginations and create their own games and stories with their sailboat

 

Building the Rafts and Designing Egg Men at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

How to make a milk bottle Sailboat : Tutorial Vlog

 

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My April winner of the duck tape colours is Cheryl from Time to Craft with an amazing paper mache Lighthouse Upcycled Lighthouse from time to craft  joining Trash2Treasure with Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again last month, Please keep them coming.

 

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