Hoop Tunnel

Hoop Tunnel

Activity Four
The children improve spatial and body awareness as they move through a tunnel of hoops.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Spatial Awareness
  • Equipment
    • Hoops
  • Group Type
    • Small Group
  • Activity Type
    • Challenge
    • Game
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Sequencing
    • Body Awareness
  • Key Language
    • Hoops
    • Floor
    • Tunnel
    • Crawl
    • Through

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  If working with hoops is too challenging, have the children place their hands on the floor and form a tunnel using their bodies.

Intermediate  The children should be able to manage this activity fairly well.

Advanced  If easily achieved encourage the children to more more quickly through the hoops, still without touching.

Special Needs  Able-bodied physical needs children can manage this activity with supervision. Keep in mind that the children would need to stand still for some time holding their hoop in the tunnel.

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Small groups of five to seven children are best for this activity, preferably with adult supervision for each group.

Have the children stand side by side, approximately 60 cm apart, each with their own hoop, except for one child who will take the first turn.

The children hold the hoops resting on the floor in front of them so that the hoops form a straight tunnel on the ground.

The child without starts at the beginning of the hoop tunnel and crawls through all the hoops trying not to touch the sides of the hoops along the way.

On reaching the end of the tunnel the child runs back to the start, stands opposite the child whose turn is next and holds the hoop while they have a turn.

The children crawl through the hoops ahead of them first, then they run around to the start of the line to crawl through the hoops that were behind them until they reach the next child in line for a turn.

This continues until all the children have crawled through the tunnel of hoops and are standing on the opposite side of where they started.

The last child in line will simply run around to the start of the tunnel, crawl through all the hoops until back in their own place and stand on the opposite side like the others.

The goal for the children is to crawl through the tunnel without touching the sides or the tops of the hoops. All movements must be carefully controlled during the activity.

Encourage the children to hold their hoops still during the activity.

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Safety Precautions

If you have more than one group allow enough space between the groups for the children to run around.

Encourage children who lack upper body strength, they will find the activity difficult and will be slower.

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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.

Motor Planning  Controlling body movements to crawl through the hoops.

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

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

Focus and Concentration  Necessary to activate to do the activity correctly.

Social Skills  Cooperation and turn-taking are put into practice.

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