Hoop and Pole


Physical: under-hand rolling technique, upper limb coordination, hand-eye coordination

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: turn taking

Number of participants:

4 or more


  • 1 foam ball
  • 1 hula hoop


  1. half of the group lines up on one side of the gym, standing with hoops
  2. the other group lines up on the adjacent side of the gymnasium standing with foam balls
  3. once signaled, the group with the hoops rolls them across the playing area keeping them upright if possible and maintaining contact with the floor while the other group underhand rolls the balls, aiming for the hoops
  4. children can choose to roll at hoops in motion or stationary

Several variations of Hoop and Pole have been played. However, this game often involves a rolling hoop made of wood, corn husks, stone or iron (7-30cm cords or netting) which players try to knock over using spears. Points are scored based on how the hoop is hit. This game contributed to the competitors; (often males) agility and aim to prepare them for hunting

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task: have the children rolling the hoop(s) hold the hoop(s) still to decrease physical and cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: increase the distance between the children holding/rolling the hoop(s) and ball(s) to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to underhand roll a medium-sized ball through a hoop that their friend is holding, 3m away
  • I can roll a ball through a hoop

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