Campus Commons PT October 2019

FALL FAMILY FUN

DECORATE YOUR HOUSE WITH YOUR OWN CREATIONS! The leaves are turning, the weather is

LEAF PAINTING Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. FUN FINGER FOOD When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can

get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy-to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday-themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day. With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!

changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below. PINE CONE PAINTING Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more.

3 CREATIVE WAYS TO GET YOUR STEPS IN EVERY DAY ONE STEP AT A TIME Many fitness websites say taking 10,000 steps a day will guarantee you long-term health benefits. And whether or not that number is accurate, walking more still positively affects your health. But, between sitting at your desk at work, on the couch at home, and in your car while commuting, finding opportunities to walk more can be difficult. Luckily there are a few creative ways you can get your steps in amidst your busy life.

to walk to the fountain to refill it — and the more steps you take. If you’re looking for other ways to walk more in the office, try walking to your coworkers’ desks instead of communicating through computers or taking the long route to the bathroom.

PARK FARTHER AWAY FROM WORK This is an easy way to get some extra steps with minimal disruption to your previously established routine. Depending on the size of the parking lot at your work, it may not seem like much of a change, but every day, those steps will add up. As an added challenge, if you live within walking distance, you could even walk all the way to work. USE A SMALLER WATER BOTTLE If you always have a water bottle at your desk at the office, first off, kudos to you. One way to walk more and still stay hydrated is to use a smaller water bottle. The faster you drink all your water, the more times you have

FIND AN ACTIVE (BUT RELAXING) WEEKEND ACTIVITY Go for a hike in the cooler fall temperatures. Meander through the mall or grocery store in an inefficient manner. You could even take up geocaching. Every day you’re not at the office is an opportunity to get more steps in than you would on a normal day. Plus, it adds a fun activity to look forward to during the workweek! Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your fitness. You don’t need a gym membership or any fancy equipment, and you don’t even need a special watch to keep track of your steps. All you need is a desire to improve your fitness and some ways to act on it.

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