5 Great Games to Play with a Hula Hoop
Think a hula hoop is only good for…well, hula hooping? We’ve got some awesome games that will change the way you look at these plastic circular toys. Whether it’s just you and your child or a group, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Best of all, you can adjust each game for the number of children playing, along with their age ranges and ability levels.
Get out there and have a hooping good time with these five games:
1. Block the Beanbag
Set two hula hoops on the grass and grab a beanbag (or small ball). To play, stand in one hoop and have your child stand in the other. Take turns trying to land the beanbag in each other’s hoop while the other player tries to block the throw.
For older players, try to block without using hands, and feel free to add more hoops for additional children.
2. Hoola Hoop Basketball
Is the grown-up net at the playground too high for your little sports lover? Make your own! Hang the hoop on a low-lying tree branch (you can loop some string to help) and let your child throw a ball through the hoop to his heart’s content. For younger players, start out low and move the hoop to a higher branch as they get the hang of it.
3. HOOPS OBSTACLE COURSE
If you’re spending the day at the beach—or heading to a playground with plenty of sand—make your own obstacle course by burying the bottom third of a few hula hoops in the sand and having your child tunnel through, hop over, or run circles around them.
No sand to be found? Lay the hula hoops on the ground and create fun rules for hopping in and out of them—like hopping on one foot or spinning in a circle. For younger players, try holding up the hoop and having them step through it.
4. RING AROUND THE BOTTLE
Have a soft spot for the classic fairway game? Introduce it to your little one by setting up a few milk jugs or plastic bottles full of water on the grass a few feet apart. Have him try to toss the hoop to land on top of one of the bottles and repeat! For older players, start moving the hoop further and further away from the bottles for a bigger challenge.
5. ROLLING HOOP CATCH
Show your child how to roll the hula hoop along the ground and have her try to catch it before it falls to the ground. Roll it back and forth, counting how many times you can catch and roll without letting it rest
National ‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place every April and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children.
This year, because of COVID-19, it is not possible for this to go ahead so families in schools are asked to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week‘ challenge instead. The challenge is to try and complete 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
We have worked on a timetable you can try out if you wish but no pressure on anyone just some ideas we thought you might like!
Click here to zoom in or print: Ladyswell Active Home Week
If you have access to a printer you might find some of the challenge charts on the website below of use.
If not, have a go at designing one of your own!
Printable pdf links:
Welcome to Ms Corkery’s video section.
Each week we will add new links to our Ladyswell Loves Learning youtube channel.
This week the challenge is to learn how to count in 3’s using your best superhero poses!
We hope you enjoy them and most importantly – have fun!!!