Spinning a HoopActivity Four The children learn distance between ones self and an object by spinning a hoop.
- Spatial Awareness
- Small/Large Group
- Special Needs
- Extra Small Space
- Small Space
- Large Space
- Seated / Wheelchair
- Physically Challenged
- Manual Dexterity
- Body Awareness
- Motor Planning
- Let go
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.
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.
Because of the step back after the release of the hoop, be sure the children have enough space between them.
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.