Kids will get a chance to be circus daredevils with today’s fun gross motor circus activities for kids! Think about all of the animals and acrobats that jump through the flaming hoops at the circus. Can you imagine? How do they make it through those hoops without touching the sides? Let’s find out!
WHAT YOU NEED: Hula hoops (as many as you can find)
WHAT TO DO: Hold the hula hoop up vertically for your child while it is still resting on the ground. Have her climb through. Easy, right? Now lift it up just a bit. Can she change the way she moves her body to get through easily? Keep raising the hoop higher to keep increasing the challenge.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Ask the child to put her right leg through first or her right arm and left leg. Give variations on which body part(s) to put into the hoop first.
-Hold the hula hoop horizontally and try the same tasks.
-For a fine motor twist, have your child tie or tape orange, red, and yellow streamers around her hula hoop to imitate the fire!
-Have your child move through a sequence of hula hoops. One may be vertical, the next horizontal, one raised higher or lower and so on.
-Space the hoops at different distances apart. Can the child jump from one to another or only place one foot on the ground between hoops?
-Roll the hula hoop between two adults or children. Can a child run through it while it’s moving?
-Prop the hoop up on cones, like in the game Rabbit Hole and have your child jump in and out with two feet OR jump in and crawl under to get out.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Gross motor skills, proprioception, motor control, cognitive skills
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