The last of the leaves have fallen off the trees around my house thanks to Hurricane Sandy’s 90 MPH gusts a few weeks back. I’m a big fan of autumn leaves on the lawn. The yard looks like one large leafy crazy quilt in varying shades of red, green and yellow.
My kidlets are also fans of autumn leaves on the lawn, but not for the same reason as I. They like it because when we rake them all up, they make the perfect leaf pile to jump in.**
He and his sister had a ball running around outside, jumping into the leaf pile and tossing clumps of leaves at each other. I sat there for over an hour just watching them, seeing the joy on their faces and hearing their laughter and squeals of delight. It’s moments like this I will always cherish in my memory of my kidlets.
**Don’t let your children jump into leaf piles on or near the curb. Also, don’t let them jump into strange leaf piles you find in your neighborhood. Only let them jump into ones that yourself have raked or saw being raked. Always do a check for debris or objects in a leaf pile before you let your kids jump in it. You never know what could be underneath them — a fire hydrant, garbage, jagged sticks or tree limbs or cement – and you wouldn’t want them to get injured.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite fall activity with your kids?
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