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It’s about time for spring break! Get your kids out of the house and moving while they’re off from school. Children who stay active are less likely to be obese or develop heart disease.
The American College of Sports Medicine says children and adolescents should accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily, such as sports, free play and planned exercise. The activity should be a mix between moderate and vigorous intensity.
Here are five fun, old-school games to play with your kids to keep them moving this spring:
1. Four Square
The only items you need to get started in a game of Four Square is some chalk, a patch of concrete, a bouncy ball like a soccer ball or volleyball and at least four people. With the chalk, draw a large square at least six feet wide and divide this big square into four equally sized small squares. Each of the four squares should be numbered 1 to 4 clockwise.
How to Play
2. Kick the Can
Play Kick the Can with three or more friends in any outdoor area that has places to hide, day or night. The object of the game is to put all the players in jail, capturing them by identifying them in their hiding spots. Once a player is “jailed,” the only way to be freed is for another player to beat the “it” person to the can and kick it.
To play kickball you will need four objects for bases and a playground ball. Kickball is similar to baseball where players kick the ball and run around bases without being tagged out.
4. Sharks and Minnows
The object of the game is for the “minnows” to get across the play area without getting caught by the shark(s). If a minnow is caught, then it becomes a shark.
5. Freeze Tag
In Freeze Tag, one player chases others and tries to freeze them.
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