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!

    

        

 

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!