Bows and Arrows!

Our February session at Cody Dock was wonderful!

The sun was shining, the temperature was mild and parents/guardians and children enjoyed the activities: painting the targets on ply wood, going for a walk to gather materials for the headdresses and arrows, making the bows and arrows and then testing the bows, dancing, playing games and making some lovely bananas and melted chocolate on the fire. We had little time to tidy up our vegetable patch, but we’ll dedicate more time to it when we’re next there, in March.

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Winter decorations

Newham Natural Crafts’ last session for 2017 was rather a special one.
Just a day before London was transformed into a winter wonderland, we had some very hardworking and busy elves in the Cody Dock workshop. Our outdoor workshop, Cody Dock, around the fire pit was abuzz with a lot of excitement!! The grownups were helping children saw a log of wood, to make holiday decoration discs. Little fingers nimbly made pom-poms and meticulously intertwined wool into pine cones, to make a festive garland and of course there was comfort food…. wholesome savoury chilas /Indian pancakes, a very sumptuous chocolate cake to celebrate three birthdays and fire roasted gooey chocolate bananas!!

We are working on compiling a Natural Crafts Cookery Book and soon our healthy, wholesome and comforting recipes, will be up on our website. You are welcome to try these at home, better still with us, at our sessions at Cody Dock!!

It’s been a great year for all of us and a big thanks to all our patrons and attendees. Each one of you has enriched our sessions by your presence, participation and contributions. We hope to see you all and many new faces in the coming year!

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and fulfilling 2018!!

Newham Natural Crafts Team
Alessandra, Flo, Tulika and Ellen (Left to right)


Saturday 11 February: Braving the coldest days!

We had a great gathering at Cody Dock this morning. Despite the snow and bitter cold, we had some brave, nature loving and adventurous children/parents show up! Thank you, thank you! There was the warmth of the fire, a very interesting and fun story, Indian chai with spices (cloves, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper), a little walk to collect twigs for our crafts and an embroidery session around the fire pit…that kept the kids so engrossed, they didn’t want to leave.
We look forward to our next gathering as winter slowly turns to spring!!


January: Build a Nest

On our first Saturday Forest school session, we set ourselves the challenge to build some birds’ nests.

As soon as we arrived, we set off to start a fire in the dedicated fire space to warm ourselves up for the wak we’d be taking later to find materials for the nests.

Then after we warmed up around the fire, the children took a basket each and went for a lovely walk along the River Lea to forage resources that would be fit for a bird’s nest.

Then we went to the gallery, a lovely space that Cody Dock rents out for events and activities, where the children consulted a few resources about nests and nest-making. Everyone took turns to read out loud some interesting facts about birds and showed their favourite images from the books

We then spend some time building the nests with the resources we had foraged and other resources (such as sheep’s hair and naturally dyed wool) that we added to the table to aid the process or just to add some colour! Below are some of the nests that the children together with the parents created.