Most homeowners look at all the falling autumn leaves, then with a groaning expletive, get out the rake and do the annual chore of getting rid of them. Others, with a bit more patience and cleverness, may apply the task to a pleasant reason to have some family fun and games.
In fact, if wise dads and moms can be deviously creative, they can use the chore of getting rid of autumn leaves to get some willing helpers. All they need to do is convince their kids that helping their parents clean up the yard can actually be loads of fun.
If it is your plan, maybe the top way to quickly get rid of autumn leaves is to make a pillow fight game of it. For this one, get as many age six to teen kids together as possible, including those from around the neighborhood.
Choose up sides, and give out a large recyclable bag to each participant. They then rake up leaves and fill the bags and tie the tops shut securely. They form two team lines and have a fight. After the fight, stack all the bags of leavesready to be picked up by disposal trucks.
Another game, most appropriate for kids under age six, is hide and seek. Have the kids help rake and gather the leaves into one large stack. Then, a parent leaves the site as the kids hide themselves completely within the stack. When the parent returns, the job is to find each kid one by one. The last little one to be discovered wins a prize.
If memories are on your mind, use autumn leaves each year to create a family history. Gather everyone together to make a scrapbook decorated by the colorful leaves. Press several colorful samples in a scrapbook with one or more pages to mark each year. Add photos to the pages of the kids working on the project. It will provide a permanent memory of a happy autumn occasion.
If your kids are computer and scanner friendly, show them how to utilize colorful autumn leaves to be integrated as computer graphic designs. Send the completed art out by Email to friends and relatives as holiday and other types of greetings.
If your kids are science-minded, organize an autumn hike through the autumn leaves in your yard or at a nearby park. Take magnifying glasses and notebooks to identify the various types of leaves and conduct close-up studies leaf structure and colorations.
A green way to dispose of autumn leaves is to biodegrade them into mulch. Check with your local garden store for instructions and eco-friendly additives you can use to complete the process and store the results for several months. Then, when winter is winding down, use the rich mulch to encourage healthy growth of your spring flowers and vegetables.
Another green concern is that you must be sure to dispose of your autumn leaves as completely and safely as your local laws require.