Autumn Leaves on a Summer Sunday

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An Outdoor / Indoor Children’s activity

Equipment: Leaves, Paper and Drawing colours.

Get set out into Nature and discover the wonder of leaves, collect many inspiring leaves, get out your favourite colouring / drawing pens and pencils and draw your own leaves on paper.
Place the leaf under the paper and trace over the beautiful structure to grab ever detail or press the leaf on the top of the paper and follow the outline around the edges then fill in the rest studying the leaf as you go.

As Summer fades and Autumn graces us we are shown the true beauty of the colours in our lives. Through the changing leaves we feel Autumn’s approach.

A friend gifted the idea of a leaf drawing activity that sounded like a fabulous idea.
Boys set to go, we headed out the back to the peaceful walk way, along which we found various eye catching leaves. My children are still very young and at first did not quite understand why Mummy kept stopping and picking up bits of nature. After a few stops my youngest jumped off the trike, picked up some leaves and placed them in the pot then he helped me close the lid (so sweet!) and hopped back onto the back of the trike. We then came to our little woodsy area where we admired the trees and their amazing heights. Here we found more beautiful leaves, some fluffy little feathers and some cool looking rocks which we gathered and added to our collection.

Leaving the woods we crossed the basketball courts and playing fields and released some energy in the park. After loads of spinning and giggles with the other children there we headed over to the skate park and swapped rides with the bigger kids and had fun racing the ramps and trying new tricks.
I was approached by a young boy; let’s call him Harry for namesake, who brought to me a leather bracelet he had found, it had a sharks tooth on it and I told him it was lucky and he was blessed to have found it, he said he wanted to keep it so I asked him to look after it and as it was broken I offered to help him make something else from it. He chose the pieces he wanted to keep and we rearranged it to make a new style bracelet, we tied it on his wrist and he felt super-awesome to have a shark tooth!

The boys continued playing and I had a little time to research the background of Vinegar which did prove very interesting. After a second time in the park then some yummy figs, I realised that time really does fly when you’re having fun and bidding farewell to the other children we headed home for lunch where we put up our nature collection and enjoyed ‘Green Banana’ spread recipe on our brown rice loaf which went splendidly with the Quinoa freshly made earlier in the morning.

Later in the afternoon I set up an area for the leaf art, had a little practise for myself and encouraged the children to see what magic can be created with the leaves we had gathered.
Unfortunately the eldest one was not all that impressed by the ‘leaf drawing’ plan for the day and when it came to the drawing he really was not feeling it, perhaps it was as we ran late for lunch and should have attempted it as soon as we got back, although I will say he didn’t collect a single leaf 😦 who knows…we all have bad days, right? Nevertheless I proceeded in demonstrating how to trace over the leaves, they did both have a go and could see the results. We then drew around the leaves and Mummy began drawing and colouring a leaf to which my youngest bobbed his way in and took over that plan!

Homemade Organic Green Banana Spread

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Yummy! You may not think it would taste so considering its 50% straight Moringa Leaf powder but trust me when I say it is. If you have been following my blog you will know all about me and bananas alas, today I was contained and did not go ‘bananas’!
The kids adore this type of fruit and I have cut the amount they were consuming down after seeing the men on the river and how many they are actually able to carry back in their boats. The boats don’t house much space and the amount of bananas per 1 boat is very limited, this brought compassion within me to cut down the 3 bananas they were eating per day!

I love the thought of getting the maximum daily nutrients required into my Sons and think Moringa Leaf is a great way to aid towards that. It is known as the Tree of Life, it’s absolutely packed with various nutrients and minerals and a follow up post especially dedicated to this tree will give a more in-depth insight into the true values. I know from experience the health benefits that 1 teaspoon a day can bring from a motivated morning to strong nails and beyond. It’s so packed with nutrients that I strive to get it in our diets wherever I can.

Usually we use crushed berries on our bread but today we got creative and made Banana fruit spread with a twist of Moringa Leaf powder.  I was a little dubious at first as the powder can bring quite an overpowering taste although here it didn’t and it just tasted marvellous!
My youngest boy ate his entire portion straight up whereas my eldest was a little more cautious and began by dipping his finger in the spread to then scooping it off with a spoon (guess he loves the flatbread)! This spread was an all-round family winner and one that will definitely be made more often as great way to ensure optimum health in my children and as a funky way to change up the way bananas are eaten!

My two’s faces lit up at the name ‘Green Bananas’, if your child loves everything bananas and you are looking for a way to boost their health and make it fun this quick and ultimately simple recipe is perfect for your family too. Already love Moringa?…why not try this Potato Cake recipe too. Happy Health  🙂

Based on 2 children for 1 meal.

Produce:
½  Organic Banana
Approx. 8 grams Moringa Leaf powder

Method:
Peel and slice banana, mix it in a bowl with a fork.
Using a teaspoon (5g) add the desired amount of powder and blend.
Spread on bread of all kinds or add to your favourite foods!