The children practice balance and directional movement while hopping in hoops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skill Focus Definitions
The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space. Such as required for tumbling, rotation in flight, jumps, and leaps.
Static Balance is one of the most fundamental movement skills. It is the body's ability to maintain a stationary position with control while performing a task.
Is the awareness of space between oneself and another object or person. It is also the learning of positional vocabulary through using their body to help develop an understanding of direction, distance, and location.
These are movements where the body travels through space from one location to another. Locomotor movements primarily use the feet for support, however, the hands and feet can be used together as well.
These skills are part of the gross motors skills group and involve the use of the hands or feet or any other body part to move or manipulate an object. This could be in the form of throwing, kicking, catching, striking or bouncing.
Axial stability involves any form of movement organized around the axis of the body involving the spine. This can occur in different spatial planes and can include bending, twisting, turning, rolling or stretching.
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