October Half Term: Day One



On day one, Shaun prepared the base for the wooden structure that will be burnt during Cody Dock’s halloween party on Saturday. The children did lots of painting on pieces of wood, which will then be displayed on the wooden structure once it’s complete.

Some children and parents did also some weaving and an eco printing experiment on cotton. The cotton bundles were boiled in a pan on the fire. Tomorrow, we’ll open up the bundles to see if the experiment worked! The children helped make a lovely soup on the fire by chopping up squash, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes and rosemary fresh from the garden.

To end the day, Emma read a story to everyone, which was well and truly appreciated by all the children. The smiles on their faces said it all!




Autumn Candles

On the 11th of October we met at Cody Dock for our regular session. The session was lively with lots of people joining in right from the start. The children and parents/carers started with an embroidery activity using needles, jute and wool. The challenge was to make a bag/case. We also made lots of candles in different shapes, we used everything, even the smallest bit!

We also made some waffles, we attempted to make some lovely looking waffles with an Italian waffle maker, however we had lots of children waiting anxiously for their waffles so we decided to conventional pancakes on the pan as well. It worked out alright in the end thanks to the parents and children who helped make this session a success.

Natural Colours and Block Printing

As fall transcends and proudly displays its beautiful array of colours, the Natural Crafts group worked in tandem with mother nature and took inspiration from her various hues.
On Saturday, 23rd September at Cody Dock, the children and parents experimented with natural colours, beetroot pulp, turmeric powder, coffee, coal, curry powder to create various patterns, freehand and with some exquisitely carved blocks from India.
Leading our eco-printing session on Saturday was an Italian artist, Elisa Latini (https://www.facebook.com/Il-Camaleonte-Associazione-Artisti…) who told the children about how artists in the past used to create their colour palette out of common food items, so each and every artist and his or her own unique colour palette!

Elisa also demonstrated the process of eco printing on paper, by pressing flowers between sheets of paper and steaming it, resulting in patterns and colours from the pigments present in them. Elisa shared that various flowers and leaves release more or less pigment, depending on the season of bloom and fruiting. The group got some great insights on the technique of eco-printing and tips on ensuring success, if this activity were to be repeated.

Our cooking activity around the fire pit was also an eclectic mix of colours and aromas. The group put in a lot of effort to make “vegetable pilau”…. peeling and chopping seasonal vegetables, adding exotic Indian condiments (cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, garam masala) and adding a dash of love, to make a very wholesome, nourishing and comforting “Veggie Pilau”.

Our budding and enthusiastic gardeners also did some gardening and planted spring onions and spinach, which we’ll be checking regularly during the next sessions. Maybe we’ll use those to make a hearty winter stew… so stay tuned and please attend our very enriching, nourishing and fun sessions!!!