Activity Plan 3-4: Hula Hoopla!
Hop, skip, jump, and roll-hoops have a way of putting fun in motion.
- Grades: PreK–K
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- small and medium-sized hoops
Objective: Use hoops to engage children in a variety of activities that encourage the development of spatial awareness; eye-hand coordination, and motor development.
Small Hoop Games
Body Part Name Game Provide each child with a small hoop. Ask the children to place the hoop on different parts of their bodies that you and they can name. Invite each child to take a turn leading the group in a Body Part Name Game.
Simon Says Lead the children in a game of Simon Says, using the hoops to do different motions or placing the hoops on different body parts. Invite the children to take turns leading the game.
Hoop Jump Ask the children to lay their hoops down in a line on the playground. Invite them to form a line and take turns hopping into each circle until they reach the end. Next ask the children to hop over every other hoop until they reach the end. Can they hop over two hoops?
Two by Two Place the hoops two by two in a straight line. Invite the children to hop with one foot in each hoop until they reach the end. Ask them to imagine other ways they can organize the hoops to jump through them.
Large Hoop Games
Red Light/Green Light Give all children and adults a large hoop. Ask them to stand inside their hoop, holding it at waist level. Explain that everyone will pretend to be in her own car. When you say "green light," the participants will drive their cars around and be careful not to bump into their friends' cars. When you say "red light," all drivers will stop their cars. Provide each child with the opportunity to be the red light(green light caller. Encourage each child to think of other types of transportation. Can the children make a hula-hoop train? How would they move if they were boats on the sea?
Hoop Rolling Invite the children to try rolling their hoops upright around the playground. Ask them to pair off and try rolling their hoop to a friend. How many times can they roll the hoop back and forth without it falling? Invite the children to form two lines facing each other. Ask the children to roll one hula hoop in a zigzag from one child to the next until the hoop reaches the end of the line.
Art: Transparent Circle Collage Cut out a variety of circle shapes using different colors of tissue and cellophane paper. Give the children glue and invite them to create collages using the cutouts. Encourage the children to notice what happens to the colors when they overlap.