Crossing a Hoop River

Crossing a Hoop River

Closing Activity
Foot-eye coordination is put to the test as the children tip-toe as they pretend to cross a river.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Spatial Awareness
  • Equipment
    • Hoops
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Balancing
    • Challenge
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Extra Small Space
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Social Skills
    • Gross Motor Skills
    • Focus / Attention
  • Key Language
    • River
    • Balance
    • Gaps
    • Tiptoe
    • Step

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginner  Have bigger stepping holes for younger or less coordinated children.

Intermediate  Decrease the size of the stepping holes here and there to make the activity more challenging.

Advanced  Have the children try to do the activity moving backwards.

Special Needs  Have the gaps in the hoops set at an achievable distance apart. Give support if a child’s balance is unsteady.

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Approximately 8 to 12 hoops is needed for this activity.

Explain that they will pretend to cross a river where water is running fast and the only way to cross the river is to step in the gaps created by the hoops and to pretend they are the stepping stones on which they must tip-toe on to reach the other side. .

Pile the hoops loosely on the floor in a line so that there are gaps that the children can tiptoe into. This “river crossing” can be two to three meters long.

One by one the children tiptoe from one side of the river to the other keeping their balance while doing so. Adjust the size of the gaps according to the age of the children.

This is a fun activity that the children can do before exiting from the teaching area or the activity can be repeated several times. Be sure to captivate their interest with pretend play to make it more fun!

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Safety Precautions

If you have two groups and have two sets of hoops laid out, have a safe distance between them.

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Sensory and Cognitive Benefits

Vestibular-Cerebellum  Activation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.

Proprioception  Stimulation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.

Motor Planning and Strategic Thinking  Slowing down the body to plan the best strategy to carry out the activity.

Differentiation  Conscious control of moving only one part of the body while other limbs remain still.

Visual-Motor Integration  Communication between the eyes, brain, and muscles to avoid touching the hoops.

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