Playing Hoops: A Concentration Game From Ancient Greece
Help your students develop concentration and quick reflexes with this fun physical activity that has its roots in ancient Greece.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
About the Game
The Greek philosopher Artemidorus once wrote: "If you dream about rolling a hoop, it means that you have come to the end of your troubles, and abundant happiness will follow."
Place of Origin: Greece
Skills: Concentration, quick and accurate reflexes
Ages: 6 and older
Players: 10 or more
Hoop games have been popular since 300 B.C. Over the years, hoops have been used in many different ways: Hippocrates prescribed hoop rolling to cure the weak; American Indians used rolling hoops to sharpen young boys' aim; Chugach Eskimos competed by throwing long poles through a moving hoop; European boys and girls participated in hoop-rolling races. In the United States, hula-hoops became a fad of the 1960s.
- 2 hula hoops
- Objects for throwing (e.g. balls, bean bags)
- Outdoor playing area or indoor gymnasium
Playing the Game
Step 1: Divide players into two teams. Pick one person from each team to be the roller. These two should stand at one end of the playing area.
Step 2: Give each roller a hula hoop. Explain that they are responsible for rolling the hoops vertically along the ground.
Step 3: As the rollers roll the hoops past their team, their teammates should try to throw a ball or any pre-selected object through the hoop without touching the sides of the hoop.
Winning the Game
The team that makes the most successful throws wins!
Source: The Multicultural Game Book