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.

  

 

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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.  

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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.

 

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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. 

 

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on April 17th, 2015 - Fiona

Easter holiday fun

Here on the farm we have enjoyed a wonderful Easter holidays full of children, fun and laughter, the weather has been mixed but we are always prepared and the fun carries on regardless.  

Crafty Fun and Games at Coombe Mill

Easter give such wonderful opportunities for crafting and games leaving us spoilt for choice at Activity Hour. After a reasonably dry week it poured with rain on Friday but we were prepared with Farmer Nick’s new tent. We covered the new ping pong table with dust sheets and pulled up the benches Farmer Nick and Felix had finished making just that morning laying out our crafts as everyone scurried in out of the rain and wind.

 

Ready to begin Activity Hour in the new ping pong tent at Coombe Mill Family Holidays, Cornwall

 

I had spent my evenings the previous week working out how to turn a previous week’s successful pig craft from a toilet roll into an Easter Bunny. Where there is a will there is a way and my bunny was formed together with Easter Bonnet where the bunny could hop down and rest in your pocket!

 

Demonstrating my Easter bonnet with jump down bunny at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

The idea really appealed to the children and we wasted no time in handing out paper plates to work on our bonnets. The older children worked on the spiral cutting & ribbon pinning while the younger children settled for colouring their bonnets whole.

 

 

Decorating paper plates to make Easter bonnets. A Coombe Mill Holiday craft on the farm.

With bonnets decorated we began to make our bunnies. The children were great at cutting and bending to form the ears while I helped with feet and stapling to their hats, the finished results were a triumph of up cycling!

 

Making rabbits from toilet rolls craft at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Activity hour

 

After all that concentration we had a spot of fun with guess the real egg from the cracked egg in the tray with a chocolate mini egg for everyone selecting the whole egg.

 

Guess the whole Egg Game at Activity hour on the farm.

 

Those with the cracked eggs who lost out on the mini eggs were invited to bring their cracked egg over to lead an egg and spoon race. It was harder than you might imagine keeping the lightweight egg shell on a spoon and race but even the youngest children showed great skill and everyone ended up with a chocolate egg reward.  

Egg and Spoon Race

Back in the tent we shared some of the website letter forming worksheets for the younger children and farm word search for the older children as created for us in partnership with twinkl educational resources.   After a week on the farm all the children could easily place the lifecycle pictures for a hen in the correct order too.

Educational Teacher approved twinkle Worksheets at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays.

 

It was a wonderful use of a rainy afternoon on the farm whilst still benefiting from some fresh air and a lovely way for the children to spend their last afternoon together. The tent is conveniently located right next to the train station so there was no chance over running, everyone piled out to join Clio our driver as the train drew into the station and rain cleared just in time.  

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have been enjoying some outdoor fun over the holiday period please come and join me on the linky. All outdoor posts welcome from crafting to exploring. Time away from screens enjoying the wonders of nature and freedom of outdoor space is healthy and fun for all ages, even us parents! Please grab the badge and remember to check out some of the other posts here, it might just be the inspiration  behind your next adventure.   

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Lakes Single Mum popped in to visit us on the farm and wrote this fab post about her morning.

Grand Gardens and Stately Homes have been thoroughly explored this week by Mother Distracted and Little O and Me.

Would Like To Be, You Baby Me Mummy and Chez Mummy enjoyed nature in the sunshine.

Trying something new was on the agenda for Bubba Blue and Me, Stressy Mummy and Me, You and Magoo.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on April 10th, 2015 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 - Fiona

We always make an effort to tailor our farm events to the children staying. While we are in term time it is predominantly preschool children age 2 to 4 on the farm. This usually means slightly shorter feed runs with less time spent with the larger animals and on the train parents often ride too. For our activity hour I like to vary the things we do each week to make them interesting and appropriate for the age, confidence and ability of the children I see with us during the week. Spring is a time of new born babies here on the farm and the children staying have seen plenty this year. As activity hour rounds off the week we have been recapping on the animals here with a little fun learning and crafting.

 

Animal Themed Learning and Fun During Activity Hour

We began our learning up at the rabbits, collecting grass for them along the way and offering them our carrots. We talked about the correct ways to hold the bunnies so that they feel secure and don’t struggle, about the food and water they need each day and gave the children a little look in the locked hutch where the babies are now just beginning to open their eyes.

 

Feeding the rabbits during activity hour

Heading back to my garden the children we read Julia Donaldson’s “A squash and a squeeze”, I do love her stories, they always keep the children’s attention and the farm theme was perfect for us.

 

A Squash and A Squeeze story time to start activity hour

The children were all curious by the array of craft items laid out on the table and keen to make a start. I had been having fun playing with an old toilet roll and turning it into a pig, it was tricky for the two year olds with some scissor action needed but a little parent help and they were all away to go. I was really pleased with the results and will share them on a how to make craft tutorial in time too.

 

Making pigs from toilet rolls at Activity hour

 

Keeping the attention of little ones means moving swiftly on and we handed out some worksheets on animals to food matching which can be found on our education pages or you can download a copy here. This was perfect after a week of feeding the animals and having  just visited the bunnies. I was amazed how much the children could remember although the younger ones understandably struggled with pen control to actually join the photos.

 

 

Filling out the Food to Animal Worksheets

Craft hour is fun time so after our educational sheet we moved on to some fun animal prints drawing round their little fingers and using finger painting to colour in.

Making handprint chickens

After all that crafting there was just enough time for a quick kick about as Guy came out signalling the train would soon be arriving at the station.

 

Football Fun During Activity Hour

Joining in with Country Kids

I hope you are having a lovely Easter and have some outdoor fun to share with me here on the linky. Whether you have been out learning, exploring crafting, playing or even cooking I’d love to hear about it. Outdoor time and fresh air is a great way to bring colour to our cheeks and blow away the cobwebs of indoor life. To join in your post needs to be about enjoying outdoor space and family time away from screens. Please grab the badge and remember to check out some of the other posts here, it might just inspire 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:

We may be entering spring but Mum turned Mom is still making the most of the snow with some lego sledging.

Bug Bird Bee made the most of a lift to explore a new section of canal in wiltshire.

Him me Three and City Girl Gone Coastal both enjoyed some wilderness fun close to home.

Honest Mum and Mummys Crochet World took some lovely photos out enjoying some delightful looking parks in the sunshine.

Adventures of Adam brings the woodland into a tray for some imaginative play.

A Day in This Dad's Life enjoys a family day at Hatton Adventure World.

 

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