Hula hoops are very inexpensive but they can keep toddlers and preschoolers busy for hours outside.
There are all sorts of different games that you can play with hula hoops from bean bag toss to actual hula hoop competitions.
Here are some great outdoor games and activities for young kids using hula hoops.
Hula Hoop Spin Competition
With this game you basically do what a hula hoop was made to do. Spin the hula hoop around various parts of your body to see which person can do it the longest. You can start off with the normal hula hoop around your waist and then try other things like around your arm and even around your neck.
If it is just you and your child playing hula hoop, then try something a little different and simply turn on the radio and start hula hooping. It can be a fun way to get some energy out and learn some gross motor skills for younger kids. One word of advice is that make sure you buy a hula hoop that is appropriate size for the child. They will get frustrated with a hoop that is too large for them and they won’t be able to properly keep it spinning.
Hula Hoop Bean Bag Toss
For this game you will need a set of bean bags or something like rings or small balls. You can use a few different hula hoops or you can simply use one if that is all you have.
Place the hula hoops a certain length away from the players. If you are using more than one hula hoop designated them as different points to make it more interesting. Then have each player take a turn to see if they can get the bean bags or rings inside the hula hoops. Add up all the points and the first one to 20 points wins the game.
Hula Hoop Hop
For this game you will need at least 3-4 hula hoops. The way you play this games depends on the age of the child as well as the skill level of the child. This is more of a fun outdoor activity rather an actual competitive game.
Line up your hula hoops in a row so that they are touching ends. Each player takes a turn hopping into each center of the hula hoops all the way until the end. For older preschoolers you can make it more difficult and have them hop on one foot into each hula hoop.
Hula Hoop Races
If you played with a hula hoop when you were younger you most likely had hula hoop races with your siblings and friends. For this game each player needs their own hula hoop.
Simply place your hula hoop on the ground so it is standing up and roll it along as hard as you can to see whose hoop goes the furthest. This can be played on the grass or on cement as well. For older children you can always vary up the rules and enforce certain boundaries that they can’t go past to make the game a bit harder for them.
Another way you can play hula hoop races if you only have one or two children is to roll the hoops the same as above, but then see who can outrun their hula hoop to a certain point or if you can pass the hoop while it is still standing upright. This really gets your child moving and running around.
Hula Hoop Catch
This activity is sort of like the hula hoop races except you play with only one hula hoop and each player rolls it to the next player.
This is a good option for playing with a hula hoop if it is just you and your child or you have even amount of kids that you can split them into to play catch with each other. The kids simply roll the hula hoop along the ground to the other person and that person must catch it or stop it and roll it back. It does get interesting with some kids who may not have the best control over the hoop yet and will have you running all over for the hula hoop.
What are some the hula hoop games and activities that you like to play with your younger children?