March 2017: Springtime and Solar Energy!

During our March workshop, we lashed branches to make a giant weaving loom for wool and things the children could find along the river. We have not finished the loom, but we’ll be completing it in the next few sessions.

We cooked popcorn on the fire and fresh mint tea. We played some games to shake the cobwebs off, made a hammock that kept the children busy for a good couple of hours.

We really enjoyed the warmth coming from the sunshine and the good company!

 

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.

Half Term October 2016

We ran three successful Forest school sessions at Cody Dock during the half term holidays in October 2016. They were attended by over 20 children.

DAY 1

On the first day, the children started to build a mini temple decorated with natural crafts and materials. The temple was later used at the Cody Dock’s Halloween Party. Many children also helped with the cooking, they cut vegetable to make a tasty nourishing soup on the fire.




DAY 2

On the second day, we did some weaving with naturally dyed wool on some frames that we created from some recycled cardboard. We also attempted to make bread and tried different ways to bake it (the result was not perfect but kids enjoyed the experience!). The bread went nicely with the tomato soup.

  


DAY 3

On the third day, the children made lanterns from recycled jars and decorated them with scraps of paper and leaves while other children finished decorating the mini-temple. Other children helped with the cooking again. We also prepared a special treat, vegetarian marshmallows cooked by the children on the fire accompanied by chocolate and biscuits. The children sat nicely around the table with their yummy treat listening to stories and later also helped around the garden.


 et voilà … the mini temple is complete!