One of my favorite fall memories growing up (and even now with my kids) is raking leaves together as a family. Initially, when we were told that we were going to rake leaves on the upcoming weekend we would moan and groan, our stomachs would have a perpetual knot in them but by the time we were up the next morning, ready to start we were ready to accept the fact that we were going to be working.
Yes, like any normal kids, we had a preliminary dread of what was to come. I don’t know why we did dread it but by the time we got into it and started burning some of our energy, we all had a blast! Usually, we would work through most of the morning getting the yard raked and cleaned up. As we went along, we’d have a contest of who could rake the largest pile of leaves and a game of leaf tag, and probably a leaf fight or two. :) When lunch rolled around we could expect something fun – usually pizza – to eat and some ice cream bars or cookies - just something special that we didn’t usually get.
If you’re looking at your yard and thinking that it needs a good raking why not plan a Saturday morning and get outside with your kids and make it a fun occasion. I can help you out with a few tips, some fun games and a quick menu to make your raking leaves day fun!
Make sure that a couple days before you start raking you check to make sure you have a few of the following items:
Brisk fall mornings usually mean that kids (and parents :)) want to stay cozily wrapped up under the blankets and snooze the morning away. So, to start your day off right, how about making a Crockpot of oatmeal the night before? That way you wake up to a yummy breakfast that will get the kids warmed up and awake. Throw a banana in the mix and you’ll have already started the day off on the right foot for the kids.
So, with their tummies full of breakfast goodness, head outside and start raking leaves!
So just how do you make raking leaves fun?! Well, make up a few games as you go along. The games will break up the monotony and will keep the kids on track.
Also, plan a way that you can celebrate the yard being all cleaned up. Like I mentioned above, my family would have a pizza party. The week before the big day we’d buy a bunch of frozen pizzas then when we are about a half hour from finishing up the raking, someone would go inside to get the oven preheated and the pizzas cooking. But if you’re not thrilled with the pizza idea I have a few other FAST and EASY ideas below (by this point everyone’s going to be tired and no one is going to want to do any time consuming cooking plus you want to make it a “special treat” for the kids):
Alright! Well, I think you’re just about ready to go for an epic day of raking leaves as a family! Have fun, no arguing, and get out and get some exercise!