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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Week 9 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Week 8 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Weather: snow is here!  a light layer, but still enough for a snowball fight

Soup made by the kids: Sweet potato leek


Art lessons today:
  • sketching pinecones (not as easy as it sounds!)
  • trying out white charcoal on black paper, for sketching our outdoor wintery scene
Herbal project today:
  • pine needle-rosehip tea brewed over the fire
  • wood block postcard holders (sanded and coated with beeswax polish)

Other highlights:

  • a snowball fight during free time (for those who wishes to participate!)
  • back by popular demand, honey-baked apples for lunchtime dessert
  •  doll making continued (and some completed!)
  • fire-building with the kids















Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Week 8 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Week 8 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Weather: grey, gusty winds, the sense that snow is on the way soon

Soup made by the kids: Sweet potato coconut curry (a big hit with the kids!)


Art lessons today:
  • cedar tracings to make paper lanterns
  • mystery drawing exercise with half hidden objects
  • doll-making continued (making hair, clothing, stuffing bodies with lavender)
Herbal project today:
  • nature stamping (making book marks and wrapping paper sheets) using seed pods, flower heads, pinecones - especially great prints were made from sage leaves and dinosaur kale
Other highlights:
  • a short walk to the community garden nearby to collect seed pods
  • wood-fired oven to warm our hands
  • honey-baked apples made in the outdoor oven (the kids have requested we make these every week until the end of the program!)
  • seeing many of the kids eat two or even three helpings of our curry at lunch
  • general enthusiasm and energy of the day - a very active group today!








Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Week 7 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Week 7 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program (the Halloween edition)

Weather: cool, grey and rainy today

Soup made by the kids: Not soup today, but festive wood-fired pizza

Herbal project today:
  • herbal bath bombs with lavender and calendula petals
Art lessons today:
    • graphite transfers (fancy stenciling) onto paper
    • DIY shadow puppets
    • extended doll-making session (making hair, clothing, costumes)
    Other highlights:
    • making personal-sized pizzas baked in the wood-fired oven outside
    • Halloween games, such as the pumpkin obstacle course, apple-on-string bobbing, and relays
    • wonderful costumes worn by all - we had two wolves, a fox, a few witches, a bandit, a red haired elf, a bat, a construction worker, and more!
    • pumpkin puddings and hot apple cider by the fire to warm ourselves







    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Week 6 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Week 6 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Weather: it's getting cool!  Hovering around 0 degrees Celcius today with one tiny snow flurry

    Soup made by the kids: Not soup today, but rather fancy oatmeal bowls with lots of toppings

    Herbal project today:
    • preparing our own blend of Peace Tea - with relaxing calming herbs like lemon balm, catnip, linden, rose and chamomile
    • using our senses to get to know lemon balm from the garden
    • using our new blend to make herbal tea over the fire - so cozy!
    Art lessons today:
      • imagining a world of small - finding miniature landscapes in the yard and drawing ourselves into them (for example, what would it be like to live in a milkweed pod?)
      • developing our skills for drawing birds
      Other highlights:
      • warm-up games at the nearby park field - so fun to see everyone laughing and running ("catch the dragon's tail" was especially funny as a group effort)
      • fresh pumpkin pie for an extra lunch treat
      • warming our hands by the outdoor fire which we kept going most of the day
      • planning for next week's session - halloween party!













      Wednesday, October 17, 2018

      Week 5 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

      Week 5 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

      Weather: overcast with patches of sunshine, but chilly (felt like 2 Celcius)

      Soup made by the kids: Sweet Potato-Leek

      Herbal project today: 
      • wrapping sage herb bundles to hang at home (and use for winter teas, bath and sore throats)
      • discussing various historical uses of herb bundles for health, purification, ceremony
      Art lessons today:
      • form drawing - looking at the human form and proportion (face, body)
      • turning the form sketches into flower fairy sketches made to proportion
      • cityscape drawings in mirror image
      • looking at spirals in nature (shells, etc) and sketching various snail designs

      Other highlights:
      • delicious warm honey-baked apples made in the outdoor wood-fired cob oven! 
      • playing outdoor co-operative running games to warm ourselves up
      • learning about how the cob oven was built, and standing around the fire to stay cozy