As the weather has turned cooler, your kids have probably been having tons of fun watching the leaves change colors, fall, and then raking those leaves into big piles and jumping in them. Just as they have had fun helping to take care of the leaves, you can have them help them dispose of them too. You will find more information about how to dispose of your leaves here at the City of Des Plaines website.
Don't forget to rake the leaves into the street (where applicable) for village leaf pick-up so that we can keep the streets from flooding later in the winter and the spring due to leaves clogging the sewer system.
If your kids want to know more about what happens to the leaves and why they change color, bring them into the library. We have plenty of books with information about what is happening outside during the fall and we would LOVE to share them with your family.
Remember to make taking care of the environment (and your house) a fun and enjoyable activity, and have some hot apple cider or hot chocolate waiting for them when they finish helping out with the lawn.