Have you heard the expression, “Many Hands Make Light Work”? This is such a true statement and the reason our family owned four pitchforks. For you see, even though the kids grumbled going to the barn to clean stalls, we always ended up having lots of fun together and everyone was smiling when we left the barn. And, the sense of pride and accomplishment of a job well done gave everyone a boost. I used to tell my boys that if we all worked together, then we would have more time to play together. However, we always mixed in heavy doses of fun into our work. Many productions were created (although, they never hit Broadway) and lots of songs were sung.

Now here is the beauty of today’s activity. Not only are you working together (producing team work, sense of accomplishment and boosts to your self esteem) you can have just as much fun.
Don’t dread the job of raking leaves any longer! The simplest form of this activity is to rake the leaves into a big pile, then jump in!
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Scoop leaves up with your hands and throw them into the air making it “rain.”

Older children might like to have a contest. Section the yard into equal areas, give everyone  a rake and a large garbage bag and say “GO!”.
Who can rake their section the fastest? Remember, quality work cannot be sacrificed.

Or, maybe all parts of the yard are fair game and the clock will be your guide.
Who can fill the most bags in a given time period?

No matter which version you choose, the results are sure to produce many giggles, laughs
and smiles… and not to mention a beautifully raked yard!

You don’t have a yard? Not to worry. Do you know someone who does? Wouldn’t they be pleasantly surprised if you and your children offered to rake their leaves? Charity and good will to others would then be added to your list of positives for this activity.

Take a walk down the street, introduce yourself to your neighbors and offer
to give them a helping hand.
Do you know of an elderly person? They would also be pleased to have help
and would enjoy the company too.

You don’t live in a neighborhood with yards and trees? Then, head to the closest local park. Leaves can be swept also… not as efficient as a rake, but it would work to make a pile to jump in.

Safety note: If you live in an area that has ticks and chiggers, you may want to spray with insect repellent before doing this activity.

Wishing you many fun fall adventures!

Inspired from the book:
Miraculous, Magical Moments in Minutes:
Over 500 Quick, Easy Activities for Adults and Children to Share
by Becky Baxa
Available from http://www.Amazon.com
in both Kindle and Paperback versions






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