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!

    

        

 

Cody Dock Spring Launch Event

We participated in the Spring Launch Event last Saturday and brought some activities for the children to do. All around a lovely sunny day for the kids to go wild! This craft was inspired by the Ojos de Dios (a craft and spiritual object – read more here) originating from indigenous people of the Americas.

 

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!

 

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!