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"Tales from the farmers wife" shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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Every Friday afternoon we run an activity craft hour on the farm for the children staying here with us on holiday. The fun from these sessions I often share on my Saturday Country Kids linky in-between our own family adventures, but as these sessions build I am creating a post focussing simply on instructions to make the ideas we use. You can find more crafts in the series under the Farm Crafts Category.
How to make fun stick fish
What you will need:-
A pair of scissors
sticky tape or stapler
Two sticks of equal length with a curve to them
Lay the sticks out into a fish shape
Tie one end
Adjust the shape back to a fish an tie the other end
Staple, tie or tape the ribbon around the beginning of the fish
Weave the ribbon up the body
Secure the end so that it doesn’t unravel.
Draw on an eye
Tie string to the centre of the top stick and hang your fish from a tree in the garden or in your bedroom.
A few fun additions to try out:-
Try using different colour wool instead of ribbon and weave both ways along the body
Use it as a dream catcher and leave messages woven into the ribbon
Make different sizes and create a shoal of fish
Turn the craft into a learning exercise by practicing counting the fish, ordering by size and identifying different ribbon colours.
Collect the sticks as part of a woodland walk, children love to create with the things they have found.
Go looking for real fish in a lake, river or the sea.
At Coombe Mill we have recently started an activity hour at 4pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here at Coombe Mill. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.
Coombe Mill ‘How to’ Series
Quite a few people have asked me how to do certain activities that they’ve seen on my Country Kids posts in which I’ve posted about the activity hour, so I have decided to start a ‘How to’ post series to accompany the crafts that we have covered so far.
Find a wand in the wild, the woods is often a great place!
Cut lengths of ribbon (I use floristry ribbon) and tear it length-ways to get thin strips.
Secure your ribbon at one end either by tying a knot or using sticky tape. Then wrap it around your stick till you get to the bottom then secure it again.
Wrap your second piece of ribbon around the stick the opposite direction to get different patterns.
Tuck some decorations like flowers leaves and feathers under the ribbon (it might be best to use some sticky tape to make sure they don’t fall out).
A few fun additions you could try:-
You could add ribbons that hang down like streamers
You could paint the sticks to make them more colourful
Try going all eco and green by winding reed instead of ribbon round your wand.
You could cut out cardboard stars to place at the end of your wand to make it a fairy wand like this:-
What you’ll need:-
Star shape stencil (you can use our template or draw your own)
Get your star shape ready, if you want to use ours click this picture to enlarge it, save it to your computer, open it in word and then print, it should be about the right size then cut around the star so that you’ve got your template.
Lay it onto your cardboard (to make it more eco you could cut it out of an old cereal box) and trace around it.
Cut the cardboard around your outline to have the basis of your star.
Place your cardboard star over some tin foil and make sure that you have enough tin foil to cover the star.
Wrap the tinfoil around the star, we cut into it to save ripping it up too much.
Put the stick on top of your covered star and use duct tape to attach
Wrap a small piece of tin foil around the back of the star to cover up the duct tape. You could secure it with clear sticky tape afterwards.
Searching for items and making the wands was a good hour of fun here on the farm. It would also be prefect for a birthday party activity or a play date idea.
This is the first post in my ‘How to Make’ series, but watch out for more to follow. They will all be in my Farm Crafts category.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.