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)

     

October Half Term: Day One

DAY ONE:

RAINY DAY AROUND THE FIRE!

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!