Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hula Hoop Car Road Trip

This year my school is reviewing its PE curriculum, and I have been poring over my program to make sure that the PE skill criteria are being met within my lessons. One website that has been a TREMENDOUS help to me is Just look under lesson ideas and grade level to find hundreds of PE lesson ideas. You can do a search for lessons based on what skill you'd like to teach, or by what equipment you have to use.

 One fave of my Kindergarten class this year has been the
 Hula Hoop Car Road Trip.

Each student {or pair of students, if you don't have enough hoops} holds a hula hoop around their waist. The hula hoop is the car that they will use to travel around the gym.

The hula hoop helps students to stay in their own personal space. As they travel around the gym, I call out a driving term for them to act out.

winding road
These girls are turning from side to side, as they negotiate the corners of their winding road!

bumpy road
These two are jumping up and down as they drive over the bumps in the road.

When it's raining, students drop their hoops and use their arms to make windshield wipers.

stuck in the mud
When their car is stuck in the mud, they need jog in place.

out of gas
When their cars are out of gas, they have to stop the car & sit down.

Other actions include: flat tire: hop on one foot and spinning a donut: spin the hoop around waist.

Of course, there are times to just drive around and enjoy the ride as well!


Freckleteacher said...

This looks like a lot of fun and a great way to be active and work on listening skills! I think this would be a lot of fun in partners. Thanks for the idea! I am having my kids do something everyday with a partner and so far it has been a lot of social and academic skills. This reminded me that physical skills are great in partners too! Thanks!

Michelle Rist said...

Love it! Do they get a drivers license if they follow the rules of the road? : )

Liz Mccaw said...

Awesome! This is much better version of a game called traffic lights that we play. Thanks for sharing. Liz @

barbara said...

love the hoola hoop idea for personal space...

Anonymous said...

this activity will help children to improve their body movement and intellectual

Info (Hulahoop Singapore) said...

Love these little guys. The use of hulahoop to make hulahoop car trip is awesome.

Unknown said...

I really like this, do you think it would work with 2, 3rd, and 4th graders?

Anita said...

This activity is more suited to PreK-1st graders :)

Carrie said...

Definitely going to use this idea! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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