Getting kids up and moving while in quarantine

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Check out Play Fit Fun for ideas on how to stay active

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — During this time of quarantine, it’s sometimes difficult to keep kids entertained.

Spencer Rubin, the head coach at Play Fit Fun, is the man when it comes to dreaming up games kids can play at home to not only pass the isolated time — but to make it fun, too.

“They are just things that we think are easy for people who are not necessarily experts in employing games and coaching and things like that to get with their kids,” said Rubin. “It could be a group of adults even –  anyone wants to play, move, decompress.”

Take Broomstick Bowling as an example. A broom handle will suffice if you don’t have sections of plastic pipe — any old ball will do — and you simply try and stick dribble the ball through a maze in your dining room, living room or down a hall and score it in a goal.

Competition makes it fun. Plus, it gets everybody moving.

“Sometimes just shutting everything off and rebooting your system, moving and getting those endorphins flying out of your brain suppresses negative feelings and enhances positive attitudes and positive feelings.”

We’re going to be cooped up together for a while. The novelty of being at home away from school will fade, and Rubin wants to make sure when it does — kids know how to play old fashioned, low tech, active games with each other.

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