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Individual Hoop Challenges


Physical: upper and lower limb coordination, reaction time, gross motor skill, balance, agility

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing, auditory processing

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more


hula hoop


  1. children are scattered throughout the activity area, standing in their hoops
  2. announce a movement sequence using the words “in, out, over” and “around”
  3. participants execute the movements as quickly or slowly as you would like using the hoop (i.e., around – child goes around the hoop)

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child hold onto a parent or adult during the activity to decrease physical demand

Change the task: have the child copy someone doing the activity with their hoop to decrease cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have child complete the activity close to another child to increase physical and social demand

Change the task: have the child complete a movement for a longer period of time to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to demonstrate 3 different movements with their hoop
  • I can do my best to follow the movements with my friends

Activity adapted from video above.