Discover Trash 2 Treasure

Posted on June 29th, 2015 - Fiona

A new linky on Upcycling

Trash 2 Treasure the ultimate upcycling linky

 

I have been dithering over this one for nearly a year and finally decided to take the plunge and start a new linky based around upcyling. This all came about from Activity Hour which we run weekly here at the farm. After a year of creating something from nothing crafts and games with the children and sharing the joy they bring as part of my outdoor fun linky Country Kids, I thought it was time to respond to some of the requests I’ve had on how these crafts and games are made. I already have a few ‘how to make’ random posts but my new linky will make them more regular. The linky will cover not just kids’ crafts but any upcycling. Farmer Nick has some wonderful upcycling for house and home I plan to share here and I hope to take inspiration from all who join me too.

Introducing Trash 2 Treasure

The linky for all your upcycling ideas. 

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 to Treasure. Posts can be kids crafts, adult reclamations turned into something beautiful or useful or even yesterday’s meal turned into something tasty for tomorrow.

 

Farm Crafts made at Coombe Mill from upcycling for the Trash to Treasure Linky

Trash 2 Treasure Linky Guidelines

The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. The first link up will be Monday 6th July 2015.

    1. Posts can take any format, all that matters is that the item made has 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.

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  1. Please visit and comment on a few other posts on the linky. It’s the best way to develop new ideas yourself and encourage other’s back to your post.

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That's it, please come and join me on my upcycling journey and lets all enjoy sharing ideas for making something from nothing, or turning Trash 2 Treasure. If you've never tried upcycling, pop over to the linky from Monday the 6th July anyway and see what it's all about. Hopefully it won't just be my posts! 

 


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 19th, 2015 - Fiona

Fairy Cakes and wizard’s potion 

Here on the farm we had an active group of preschool age boys and girls staying all hoping for some childhood fun for Activity Hour. Thanks to commissioning our new mud kitchen in the week I had a plan forming that I knew would engage them all.

 

Fairy Cakes and Wizards Potion

 

We began as usual over at the craft tent where the children set to work making magic wands to their own design. We secured the ribbons with Clio’s endless supply of old loom bands.

 

Making the Fairy Wands

 

I shared my new laminated recipes for the Mud kitchen for Fairy Cakes, Wizard’s Potion and Goblin Gratin and the children were captivated, their imaginations racing.

 

Mud Kitchen Recipe Cards

 

They didn’t need asking twice to choose a wizard or fairy outfit from our fancy dress collection and then armed with wands and empty containers we made our way across the farm to the mud kitchen filling our containers along the way with cooking ingredients from nature.

 

Collecting ingredients for the Mud Kitchen

 

I was delighted to stand back and watch as the children aged just two to six worked together making dinner for the fairies. There was much concentration, plenty of stirring and waving of wands as fairy cakes baked in the oven and potions boiled on the hob. Listening in on their conversations it was plain to see they were totally wrapped up in the task and loving this new space.

 

Making Mud Pies in the Mud Kitchen

Satisfied with the results the children carefully carried their meals over to the fairy garden discussing recipes as they walked.

Carrying the Fairies Food

Entering the gardens the children turned cakes out by Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs, fed them to our resident gnome and ladled potion and scattered meals around the edge of the pathways ready for the fairies to come down from the trees and out from the bushes.  All that remained was to wave wands and sound the wind chimes to alert the fairies that dinner was served.

 

Feeding the Fairies and Goblins

 

While we waited for the fairies to come Farmer Nick had another project waiting for us on the lower tier of the fairy garden.  The Coombe Mill bug house was taking shape but needed filling with bamboo lengths. Several of the older boys helped to stuff them inside. They were a little disappointed it wasn’t instantly filled with creepy crawlies so I relocated our stone lady bird to sit on top for now. I’m sure it will be a thriving hotel in no time.

 

Filling up the Bug Hotel

 

It was an hour of enchanted childlike play stimulating imagination and creativity in the children with plenty of teamwork too. I can see both our Mud Kitchen and Bug Hotel having plenty of use over the summer season.

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have been enjoying the summer outdoors please come and join me here on the linky. Country Kids is for all outdoor family fun from garden play to fun days out. Please do grab the badge or link back here and remember to check out the other posts too, everyone loves a comment and you never know you might just find inspiration for your next outdoor adventure.   

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A few of my favourites from last week:

 

The Eden project is a wonderful Cornish attraction, made even better by a visit from Mr Bloom as Our footprints on the world discovered. 

Scavenger Hunts are a great way to enjoy nature for kids, this simple colour one from Baby Routes means even toddlers can give it a go.

Shaun the sheep came to London and would keep you fit if you managed to spot him on every corner as Little Hearts, Big Love did.

If you like the idea of a fairy garden, why not try this miniature one with wildflowers as made by Mother's Little Steps  I've noted it for a future Activity Hour here.

St David's Cathedral is a popular visiting place for Diary of the Evans Crittens and reading their post it is easy to see why.

Life Unexpected enjoyed a day out at one of my favourite Cornish attractions for families with young children, Dairyland.  

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 12th, 2015 - Fiona

 

Leave our eggs!

Every summer just as the egg production from the chickens really sets in so the crows arrive.  The children hunt high and low each morning on the feed run in all the chicken laying boxes and scour the undergrowth in the field in search of eggs, but the early mornings give the crows a head start on us. So often we are left with a pitiful collection in our farm bucket only to find the evidence of the crows tasty breakfast feast scattered around the deer field by way of empty egg shells!

 

Crows, Broken Eggs and Feeding Chickens

 

There had to be a way to beat the crows, other than waking up at 4am to chase them away.  Amber was running the morning feed run when the answer dawned to make scare crows. This was the perfect answer to an annoying problem and one our younger guests could help with for activity hour. In no time we began planning our giant scarecrow and mini ones that each child could make too.

 

Scarecrow making

As everyone gathered for the afternoon session we split into two groups, Amber and some of the adults helped cut tunics out of an old sheet while I led an expedition to the fairy garden in search of twigs for our scarecrow frames.

Cutting tunics and collecting sticks

The children set to work decorating their tunics in their own bespoke designs and designing faces on paper bowls.

 

Colouring in the scarecrows

To assemble them we used string to make a cross for the body and arms, fed our tunics over these and secured the heads by poking the neck of the sick through the paper bowl.

Making mini scarecrows

When every child had their own mini scarecrow ready we set off for Jurassic Park where the chickens lived stopping by Farmer Nick’s shed for some straw to stuff our giant scarecrow that was made much the same way but kitted out in some of my children’s old clothes! Together we stuffed the stick structure into shape and dug the whittled end into the ground.

 

Filling the big scarecrow

 

The children then pushed their mini scarecrows into the ground around the field near all the laying boxes and stood back to admire their work.

 

Placing the Mini Scarecrows around the field

We all set off for the evening train ride in the hope that flapping tunics would deter the morning crows.

 

 

With no feed fun on a Saturday it was the new guests on Sunday who reaped the rewards of our scarecrows; I think we really did make a difference with a bucket full of eggs to share.

 

Morning Feed Run Eggs

Joining in with Country Kids.

Outdoor kids are healthy kids, even if it is just an hour in the park or the garden a little time outdoors is good for them and for us parents too. If you have been enjoying the freedom and space of outdoors please come and join the linky. All activities from garden crafts to adventure days are welcome but please do make sure they are based outside. Please grab the badge to link back here and remember to check out some of the other posts linked up, you may just find the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

I was totally taken with the idea of a sensory garden at the Wolseley Centre visited by Odd Socks and Lollipops

Herne Hill Mum shared 3 of my favourite days out from Coombe Mill from her family visit in May

We have all enjoyed the Royal Cornwall Show last week, I've not managed to write about it this year but Time to Craft did for the Royal Bath and West which looks every bit as much fun.  

Stockeld Park had a special visitor in the form of Mr Bloom entertaining Yorkshire Tots for the day 

Buba Blue and Me enjoyed an educational day learning about Shakespeare's mother, with plenty to see and do for little ones.

The Beasley Buzz had a wonderful break with some very posh camping and plenty of outdoor fun. 

Buba Blue and Me enjoyed an educational day learning about Shakespeare's mother, with plenty to see and do for little ones.

I loved this adventure from Fun as a Gran placing geocaches to earn a cub scout badge.

Exploring off the beaten trail can lead to some lovely discoveries as Mother Scuffer and Sophie Is discovered. 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 5th, 2015 - Fiona

1st year anniversary of Activity Hour at Coombe Mill

Half Term marked a full year of running activity hour here at Coombe Mill, I’m not sure where that year has gone or how we have managed to come up with so many ideas to entertain and delight the children at the end of the week but somehow we keep doing it. It has grown in popularity and even has its own purpose built tent now which has been so helpful on those soggy or windy sessions.  Finding something that will work on a school holiday week when the ages range from 3 to 12 isn’t easy but I find by combining a few ideas, some old favourites with some new activities, everyone can join in.

 

Half Term Bunting decorating

 

We began the hour with making bunting. This is something we have done before and shared a tutorial on how to make, however this time we gave painting the fabric as an option as well as felt tip with some lovely results. It has made a wonderful start to decorating our tent with a bright splash of colour against the white tent lining and the children really took their time over the designs.

 

Half Term Bunting decorating

 

From bunting to stone painting with pretty messages, paint and finger paint all from the children’s own imaginations. I had collected the pebbles from the beach and painted them in matte white emulsion so that either felt tip of paint could be easily applied for effective results.

 

Painting the Coombe Mill Rocks

 

I had been waiting for a group of older children to help me with the next task. Clio had donated her enormous discarded bag of loom bands so we could make bouncy balls.  The tutorial for how to make these can be found over at Red Ted Art on You Tube though believe me it is harder than Maggie makes it look. The older children and Mums and Dads really enjoyed the challenge and together we made half a dozen truly bouncy balls.

 

Loom Band Bouncy Balls

 

We cleared away the craft table and restored the table tennis net to test out the balls as ping pong ball replacements! It really did work and we had quite a tournament going on. 

 

Ping Pong with Loom Band Balls

 

Meanwhile for the younger children we set up a skittle run of tin cans from the recycling bin, while they struggled to make the balls they had no trouble throwing them at our cans castle. The weight of the balls soon knocked the cans down which kept us rebuilding them only to have the next child do it all over again while I moved the start line further and further away!

 

Loom Band Ball Skittles

 

Needless to say we overran our hour and easily managed to keep all age ranges occupied with our thrifty homemade activities, all of which would be easy to repeat at home.

  

 

Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids aims to get families off the sofa, away from screens and outdoors having fun in any shape or form. From garden games to days out please do come and share with me on the linky. A little fresh air really is good for us all. Please remember to link back here or grab the badge code below and do check out the other posts linked up, you might just find a great idea 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 (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest. 

 

 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Herne Hill Mum came to stay with us at Coombe Mill and shares her week on the farm trying out several of our new wild adventures.

I've never thought of the RHS gardens for a day out but Renovation Bay-Bee shows what a delight they are.

This story of a 1st seaside trip really touched me from Parenthood highs and Lows making me realise how lucky we are to live near lovely beaches. 

With woolen fairies to seek out and binoculars to search with the National Trust makes these woods an adventure for Hayley from Home.

Portsmouth on a budget for Mad Mum of 7 made a great family mini break and a bargain too.

This zip wire from One Tiny Leap looks awesome. 

A special trip to the fire station makes someone's half term over at Chocolate is not the only fruit.

Daddy stepped up to the mark for someone to one beach time that turned into quite an adventure for Blogger Mummy Lauren.  

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on May 15th, 2015 - Fiona

Wildflower Learning and Crafts

Activity hour changes by the week, every time I think I am going to be easy on myself and repeat an activity I think of something new I want to try! With all the spring flowers bursting forth on the farm I wanted to see if I could create a craft around these. The children staying ranged in age from 2 to 5 so I knew it had to be something engaging, easy to complete and colourful. It didn’t take me long to have a plan forming that was easily going to use up our hour.

Wildflower Hunt and Bookmark Craft

As everyone gathered around the craft tent I explained what we had planned for the afternoon. First we were going to design our collecting baskets from a sheet of coloured paper, and then we would be off on a wildlife trail to fill them with wildflowers before returning for more crafting fun with our colourful collection.

Starting a session with some colouring suited all ages as the older children drew recognisable spring flowers and butterflies while the younger’s children delighted in messy patterns. When everyone was ready we turned our artwork into collecting baskets and were ready for a farm wildflower hunt.

Making the Collecting Baskets

To give us some guidance on things to collect we had printed and laminated our farm wildflower hunt from the Coombe Mill education pages, as created for us with twinkl. Everyone took a sheet and a felt tip pen to tick of each flower they found and add it to their collecting baskets.

Ticking off the Flowers

This took longer than I had bargained on as the children were determined to find every flower scouring the farm hedgerows, river bank and fairy garden. They beamed with delight as they found what they were searching for.

Flower Hunting

Back at the tent we set to work on our bookmarks. I had taken a photo of the children on the farm before hand and each used this photo to personalise their bookmark, a tip I picked up from a post last year from Susan K Mann.  From here the children arranged their favourite flowers and embellished the design with felt tip. We used sellotape to hold them in place and give strength to the bookmarks. When they finished one side we turned them over and repeated the process by which time they were surprisingly sturdy.  For a finishing touch we punched a hole at the bottom and added some floristry ribbon tassels. 

Making the Bookmarks

Guy was blowing the whistle to call the children for the train at 5pm while I taped the last few bookmarks.  I was delighted with the attention to detail and concentration of all the children during this task and everyone had a bespoke book mark to take home as a keepsake for their night time stories.  

Finished Bookmarks

If you are here with us on the farm I run activity hour every Friday when there are 5 or more children staying. Children learn from each other and enjoy an hour in the fresh air cementing friendships and finishing their holiday on a memorable note. You can find other craft ideas and tutorials on past activities under my Farm Crafts section here on the blog.

 

Joining in with Country Kids

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 (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

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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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A few of my favourites from last week:

A steam train and animals made a wonderful birthday treat for Sophie Is 

The Room on a Broom adventure trail made this country walk exciting for We're going on an adventure

Moors Country Park is great for an adventure especially if you go with friends as Charlie Moos and Chelsea Mamma did 

Popping over from France Mad house family Reviews had a blast at Chessington World of Adventures

More adventure with bubbles at the Abbey for Becoming a Stay at Home Mum

Let kids be kids made their own bubble machines, a lovely simple to do activity for the garden or park

The Joy of five enjoyed a day of mini beast studies which had the children captivated. 

 

 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall