Every portable program needs these sectional hula hoops. Each section is approximately 2 feet long. There are 18 sections in a set. You can adjust the size of the hoops from small to medium to large based on the number of segments you put in each hoop. Very light weight and portable!
Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Cooperation, Opener/Closer
Props Needed: Hula Hoop/Webbing circle, Stopwatch
Process: This event is both a typical warm-up activity, and an opportunity for cooperation. With the entire group holding hands in a circle, ask them to pass a hula hoop completely around the circle.
Have the group form a circle and join hands. Insert a hula hoop or webbing circle between two people so it rests on their conjoined hands. Instruct the group that the hoop must pass through the entire group, starting and ending at the same spot, without letting go of the person next to them. Use the stopwatch to time them. After their first time, ask the group if they feel they can do better than that time. Do it about 3 times and see if they decrease their time each time. Encourage participants that this is not a race (unless that is what you would like). After completing one full circle, the facilitator can add a second hula hoop, (at least one section smaller than the other hoop), and ask that one hula hoop move to the left (clockwise), while the second hula hoop moves to the right (counterclockwise).
Debriefing Topics: If you start your program with this activity, come back to it at the end of the day to see if they had learned anything about working together and about communication.
• How did the group cooperate during the activity?
• Were you worried about slowing the group down when the hoop came to you?
• What were some feelings that came up during the process?
• How can you decrease your time even more?
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