This last week of Miffy’s New Year’s resolution to be active for at least 10 minutes each day this month, she’s dusting off her old hula hoops and using them to play some fun games! You can turn an open area in your home into an obstacle course just like Miffy using the directions below.
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1. Block the Beanbag
Set two hula hoops on the grass and grab a beanbag (or small ball). To play, stand in one hoop and have another player stand in the other. Take turns trying to land the beanbag in each other’s hoop while the other player tries to block the throw. For older players, try to block without using hands, and feel free to add more hoops for additional players.
2. Hula-Hoop Basketball
Is the grown-up net at the playground too high for your little sports lover? Make your own! Hang the hoop on a low-lying tree branch (you can loop some string to help) and let your child throw a ball through the hoop to his heart’s content. For younger players, start out low and move the hoop to a higher branch as they get the hang of it.
3. Hoops Obstacle Course
In an open area of your home, lay multiple hula hoops on the ground in a pattern of your choosing and create fun rules for hopping in and out of them—like hopping on one foot or spinning in a circle. For younger players, try holding up the hoop vertically and having them step through it.
4. Ring Around the Bottle
In an open area of your home, set up a few milk jugs or plastic bottles (with secure lids) full of water on the ground a few feet apart. Try to toss the hoop to land on top of one of the bottles and repeat! For older players, start moving the hoop further and further away from the bottles for a bigger challenge.
5. Rolling Hoop Catch
Set up for this game across from your partner with about 10 feet in between you both. Roll the hula hoop to your partner so that it stands up vertically along the ground, like a wheel. Have the other player try to catch it before it falls flat to the ground. Roll it back and forth, counting how many times you can catch and roll without letting the hula hoop rest.