Spinning a Hoop

Spinning a Hoop

Activity Four
The children learn distance between ones self and an object by spinning a hoop.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Spatial Awareness
  • Equipment
    • Hoops
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Spinning
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Extra Small Space
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Seated / Wheelchair
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Manual Dexterity
    • Directionality
    • Body Awareness
    • Motor Planning
  • Key Language
    • Fingers
    • Turn
    • Hoop
    • Wind
    • Spin
    • Let go
    • Step
    • Backward

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  Smaller hoops are more suitable for younger children. A bigger hoop is difficult to hold away from the body.  

Intermediate  Encourage a faster spin and have the children try to catch the hoop with their hand after spinning it. 

Advanced  Have the children spin the hoop clockwise and anti-clockwise.   

Special Needs  If it is difficult to spin and release, hold your hand over their hand to help control the action.

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Give the children a hoop and have them find a space in the room.

If the room is small or if you do not have enough hoops, have half the children on the floor at a time to do the activity.

To prevent the hoop from touching the body, have the children lean forward and hold the hoop touching the floor as far as possible in front of them.

The hoop must be held with the fingers only, and not with the whole hand.

The fingers first turn the hoop one way (the wind), and then it is turned quickly the other way and then the fingers let go of the hoop so it can continue to spin.

Immediately after doing this a big step backward must be done to prevent the hoop hitting the body while spinning. 

With practice, the spin will become more controlled and faster.

Encourage the children to keep the hoop on the floor while spinning.

Have the children all spin their hoops at the same time to encourage better focus and control.

This activity can only be done on a hard flat surface.

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Safety Precautions

Because of the step back after the release of the hoop, be sure the children have enough space between them. 

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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.

Visual-Motor Integration  Eyes communicate with the brain and body to execute the gross motor movements effectively.

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