Hoop Hopping

Hoop Hopping

Activity Four
The children practice balance and directional movement while hopping in hoops.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Locomotive Movement
  • Equipment
    • Hoops
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Hopping
    • Challenge
    • Playground
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Sequencing
    • Body Awareness
    • Lateralization
  • Key Language
    • Hop
    • Hoop
    • Forwards
    • Sideways
    • Balance
    • Leg
    • Left
    • Right

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Video: Supports Intermediate Level

Beginners  If a child cannot yet hop continuously on one leg, have them only hop forwards in one row of hoops. Hold a hand for support if needed.

Intermediate  Hopping to the one side will be more challenging than to the other. Encourage the children to steady their balance between hops.

Advanced  The activity can be done using both the left and right leg. Encourage consistent hopping throughout.

Special Needs  This is a challenging activity. You can start with just two hoops in a row, then increase to three, adjust the activity as needed.

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Two rows of three hoops are placed on the floor next to each other, resulting in three sets of double hoops.

A hop is done on the same leg in each hoop moving from the first hoop sideways then forwards and sideways and forwards and sideways until a hop is done in every hoop.

Hopping sideways is challenging. Encourage the children to keep hopping and to control their balance after each hop.

Emphasise if a child is hopping on their left or right leg so they learn which is their dominant side.

Encourage the children to keep their free leg up without touching the floor during the activity.

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Safety Precautions

If a child struggles with balance stand nearby in case you need to catch them should they trip on a hoop or to support them when they struggle.

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Sensory and Cognitive Benefits

Vestibular-Cerebellum  Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).

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

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

Sequencing and Motor planning  Is required to perform the correct action at the correct time.

Motor planning  Is required to achieve the activity.

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