Using one hoop per child, come up with ideas for how many active things can be done safely with a hoop. Think of ways to combine hoop movements, repeat them individually or include them into an obstacle course or other activity.
NB: If the hoop is placed on a hard surface, we advise not to jump in and out of it or run around it as it is possible it can become a slip hazard if a child lands on the edge.
- Lay it on grass and jump into the hoop. Turn around and jump out again.
- Walk around the perimeter of the hoop in pigeon steps or skip around it.
- Tight-rope walk along the edge of the hoop.
- Raise the hoop over the head and lower it down the body and then step through it.
- Roll the hoop out of your hand on its edge for the child to chase after it.
- Step through (need more than one person) – one person holds the hoop up vertically so that the child can step through it and circle back round to keep stepping through it.
- Scatter objects around the garden and time how long it takes your child to collect them and place them in the hoop (see Make it safebelow).
- Lay it on the grass and jump forwards and backwards with two feet in and out of the hoop.
- Stand outside the hoop facing in towards it. Sidestep or side gallop around it to the left and then rotate around to the right to practice leading with both feet (don’t cross feet over).
- Hop into the hoop. Change legs, then turn around and hop out again.
- Hula-hoop it around the waist. Lots of practice normally required – try to establish a constant, circular, rhythmic, swirling movement with the core of the body rather than a jerky one.
- Hold it loosely in the hands and then swing it overhead like a skipping rope and step through it.
- Spin the hoop on its edge – see how many times they can make it spin
- Roll the hoop out of your hand with backspin so that it comes back towards you. The child can try and catch the hoop before it falls over. See if they can try and make it come back to them.