Hula Hoop Gross Motor

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Posted on Jun 15 2013 - 1:00am by Cassie
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Hula Hoop Gross Motor
The hula hoop is a classic toy. It has so many different uses. My hope is that you will learn a few new ways to use the hula hoop today. We have several of them: traditional, hopping & walking, rolling, and stepping.

What you need: several hula hoops.

There is always the traditional way to use the hoop. You can see the girls spinning it around their waist. We have worked on this for a few weeks. They love it, but get frustrated. Like all things it takes practice. It is great for building muscles in the stomach. Now they have fun seeing how long they can keep it up.

Hopping and Walking with Many Hula Hoops
I put 6 hula hoops in a pyramid pattern and let the girls hop around them similar to hopscotch. Always remind them to look where they are jumping. Give them some different movements to work on. You can start on both sides of the hoops, change configurations, call out color patterns to follow, or switch between one or both legs. If you want to make it hard put two different colors in the pyramid and only let them jump to one color.

I also like to put them in a circle and have them walk around. Always remind them to watch where they are stepping. It is not hard to step on the hula hoops. We might stop in each hula hoop and hop with both feet in place, or hop 10 times on one leg and then repeat on the next leg.
Hopping and Walking with 1 Hula Hoop
If you only have one hula hoop you can walk around the outside of the hoop forward and backwards. Then you can hop in and out of the hoop. It is fun and easy to do!


Rolling the Hula Hoop
Rolling the hula hoop is fun. It takes them a time or two to get it going right. After you roll the hop you run after it and try and catch it. It is always a a lot of fun.
Stepping Through
This is an activity for combining skills. Use the hula hoop like a jump rope, only slower. You swing it around and step through and bring it over the head and repeat. We do this several times and the girls really enjoy it. It has helped my oldest with the skills for a real jump rope by breaking down the movements.
These are just a few simple ways to use a hula hoop! How do you use a hula hoop at your house?

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  • As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist the hoopla hoop is One of my best low tech toys along with play doh. Prepositional phrases can be taught with the hoopla hoop also. This is a good post from a therapists perspective. These are great activities to teach body awareness, position in space and visual motor skills.

    • Thanks! I love using the Hula Hoop! It has been one item I've been using since I left college with my PE degree. This was a fun post to write and show others some of the things I do and how easy it can be.

  • elizevdm

    Thanks for all your great posts! My two dinosaurs are boys of 4 and 6yrs respectively, but we make use of your printables as well as copy some of the physical activities you share. You have made our homeschooling experience so much more fun and manageable.
    God bless,
    Elize van der Merwe
    South Africa

  • Hi,
    I am following you from Share it Saturday. Being a grandma I haven't hulla hooped for awhile but did try it last year and could still swing my hips. I love the creative ways you have found to use the hoops.
    Did you think of sorting – using them as Venn diagrams?
    Janis Author of Tadeo Turlte

  • So good to see those little kids are having great time playing with hula hoops!! My little one if too tiny to play with hula hoop though I've already has brought three hula hoops. I think she is going to have it when the time is right. It's a good way to make their body playful at child age.

  • pisforpreschooler

    My daughter thinks I'm just amazing that I can roll the hula hoop! lol! She tries so hard but she just can't master it yet. Love these other ideas too!