With one hula hoop and a group, try this week's game for smiles and team building. The Game of the Week is Hula Hoop Challenge!

Group Size: 

 Large group (10 or more)

Age Group: 

 Pre K – Grade 5

Length of Activity: 

 10 minutes or more

Developmental Goal: 

 To develop cooperation and teamwork.


 Hula Hoop

Before You Start: 

  • Have group form a circle, holding hands.
  • Demonstrate how to get body through the hula-hoop without using hands.
  • Check for understanding.

How To Play:

  • Place the hula-hoop over two people's interlocked hands so it cannot escape the circle.
  • Explain that the goal of the game is to get the hula-hoop all the way around the circle without anyone letting go of their teammate's hands.
  • Have group cheer each other on.
  • Once complete once, discuss successes and challenges and try again.


  • Have the group beat a chosen time.
  • Play with eyes shut.
  • Divide the group in two circles and have them compete.
  • Pre-K: Have students stand in a circle with plenty of room between them. Start by walking around the circle with the hula hoop, helping each student practice going through it. Then set up the challenge without holding hands, simply going through the hoop, then passing it over to the next person. After they have done this successfully many times, have them try it holding hands. Adult should walk along with the hoop, helping students as needed.

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