March 31, 2010

what can we do with a hula hoop?

IMG_3208 We’ve been having lots of fun with a hula hoop lately.  Here’s a few ideas of things you can do (some for preschoolers and some for older children) …
First you need to get a hula hoop, you can buy one or you can make your own (and if you’re an adult wanting to hula hoop you need a larger one and may need to make your own).
Then, try hula hooping around your waist or other parts of your body (like your hands or neck).  This link will show you how to hula hoop.
Roll the hoop along the ground and chase after it.
Jump in and out of the hoop.  Hop in and out.  Walk around the outside of the hoop.  Skip around the outside of the hoop.
Use the hoop as a target, either by laying it on the ground and throwing beanbags into the hoop or by hanging the hoop up and throwing balls, paper airplanes or whatever you fancy through the hoop.
Hold the hula hoop in front of you and be a human goal hoop.  Run so that when someone throws the ball (a soft one) it goes through the hoop. (via Preschool Rock)
Toss hoops over a large bottle (filled with water) (via Preschool Rock).
Climb through the hoop.  Hold it at different heights.
Play chase and use the hula hoop as a safe place.
Toss the hula hoop in the air and try to catch it
Use the hula hoop as a pretend steering wheel and drive around the house or garden (needs a smallish-sized hoop) (via Preschool Rock).
Create a hula hoop play space or tent.  Hang up the hula hoop using ribbons and attach a shower curtain (or other curtain to make a tent.  Or instead of a curtain, hang ribbons down off the hoop.  Associated content has instructions to hang the hoop and make a canopy tent.
And a couple of games for more than one person…
Put the hula hoop around your waist and pretend it is a spaceship.  Run around and crash other hula hoop spaceships (via Associated Content).
Hold hands to make a line of people.  Put the hula hoop on the arm of the person on the end of the line.  Try to pass the hoop down the line without letting go of each other’s hands.  I think this would make a fun family bonding game.  Family Fun has a picture and more instructions.


jenny said...

I like the idea of the canopy - I checked out the link and it seems pretty simple to do and I think it would look really pretty too. Kids always love little spaces to hide :)

katepickle said...

We have a home made 'tent' made with a hoop... it's ace fun!

I've been helping my girl's class learn to skip at school and one tip was to let beginning skippers use a hoop to 'skip' with... lots of fun!

great ideas!

Deb said...

Love it! The little one is about to turn 2 and we're scratching our heads for presents because we have toys and clothes already, this looks great.

I like using a hoop as a sample space - put it out on the ground somewhere and check/count/discuss all the things inside it, then put it somewhere else and see how different it is.

CatWay said...

I'm glad you are all liking the ideas, we have been having great fun with the hula hoop (who knew?).
I love the idea of a canopy, which is why I included it but I can't think of a way to do it here with ceiling fans everywhere.
Deb, that's a great idea about using the hoop as a sample space. I can see my son with the magnifying glass now.

PlanningQueen said...

I also love the idea of a canopy, my kids love making places where they can chill a little, which this would be perfect for.

Elise said...

I think the canopy tent is the clear winner! I also really like this idea. Gotta love such a versatile resource.

Playing by the book said...

The canopy tent idea is great - we do something similar with a laundry ring - the sort you might use for socks ( ) - great because it already has a hook to hang it up with!
This year I've also used hula hoops to make cloches for the plants in the garden ... kids were not too pleased!