Thirteen Reasons to Rake leaves

Written by: Reneca

It’s that time of year again.  Fall.  What does that mean to you?  To us that means we have rake up millions upon billions of leaves.  Sounds like fun doesn’t it?  Well it actually can be if you make it.  Here are thirteen reason why raking leaves during the fall is great.

  1. Kids love it: For some strange reason kids like to use cleaning tools, like vacuums and brooms.  Rakes are just as much fun for them.
  2. It relieves stress: Getting caught in the moment during a cool breeze, and in the sun can make you forget all about the daily stresses life.
  3. It burns calories: A 135-pound person could burn about 240 calories raking leaves for an hour.
  4. You’ll find lots of craft material:  While raking you’ll be surrounded by one of the most natural craft mediums…leaves.  So have your kids look for their favorite leaves for their art projects
  5. Provides a teachable moment:  The leaves have changed colors and now they are falling…Why?  Young kids love to be experts of anything.  Teach them a thing or two about why leaves fall off the tree.  For example:  Leaves are what the tree uses to get energy from the sun.  Photosynthesis-which makes the leaves green (kids love to learn big words!).  During fall the sun is farther from the earth and isn’t out as long as in the summer.  The tree feels this and the leaves change colors (from the lack of sun).  As it gets colder and there is less and less sun the tree goes in to hibernation (basically) and the leaves fall off.
  6. 6. You have an excuse to get dirty!: Who doesn’t like to get dirty every once and while?  If you kids are anything like mine, being told to go roll around in the leaves will make their day.
  7. 7. Teach your kids responsibility:  By having your kids help you rake the leaves, you a have an opportunity to teach them about their own personal responsibility to help keep their yard looking nice. 
  8.  It takes you back:  Raking leaves can take you back to when you were a child raking leaves.  🙂
  9. You won’t have to worry about it later: Just get it over with. You’ll have one more thing off your to do list!
  10. You get to put them in cool bags:  During Halloween time you put all the leaves you rake up in those cool pumpkin bags, to put out for decoration.
  11. Its a family activity:  Everyone in the family can get involved.  Mom, Dad and the kids.  Even young kids like to try to help.  Let your toddler hold the rake.  Babies love to crawl in anything leaves are no exception. (Just make sure you keep an eye on the younger ones, because for some reason leaves look good enough to eat!)
  12. The special treat you get afterwards:  After an hour or two its always nice to reward yourself for a job well done.  Some hot chocolate, tea, coffee (not for the kids) and some delicious cookies would work perfectly.
  13. You get to JUMP in them!: This is probably the best part about raking leaves!! 

Have Fun Raking leaves!!!

Much love, Reneca

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7 Responses

  1. My dd went nuts on leaf raking this year. She loves it. I even posted some footage of her last Sunday.

  2. Oh, the kids are so cute! I love raking leaves with our girls. They LOVE jumping in them! It’s a great “family moment!”

  3. Out here, where there’s a lot of trees, raking/clearing leaves are a year-round activity. I’ve had my share when I was a kid 🙂

    Great list!

  4. Now I feel deprived — I’ve never raked leaves in my life. Nie post. Welcome to TT!

  5. it brings so much fun to the kids watching the leaf blown back by the winds.

  6. Those are gorgeous shots of your girls in the leaves! My husband just bought a leaf bagger! I was aghast–no leaves to jump in!!!! We might pour it all out on the lawn again and jump in it!

  7. […] cleanup activity for a wide variety of age groups. The folks over at Mommy Lounge have put together 13 reasons why kids should rake leaves. Here’s our favorite: The special treat you get afterwards: After an hour or two its always […]

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