Hula hoop outdoor play

Hula hoops are a terrific tool for promoting outdoor play, games, and creativity….

Children can jump in and out of the hula hoops and play hula hoop hopscotch…

My students rolled the hula hoops and played hula hoop relays through our Mini-500 race day obstacle course…


And hula hoops made great steering wheels to stimulate driving through our outdoor Mini-500 race day obstacle course! …

Hula hoops can also inspire a little outdoor creative play….

Like how about a hula hoop caterpillar? …

Just gather up a few sticks for antennae, arms, and feet….

And a few rocks for eyes and a mouth….


Some of the children decided their hula hoop caterpillars looked more like hula hoop caterpillar snowmen…

And yes, I know the tags are still on these hula hoops.  I kept forgetting to pull them off when we first started playing with the hula hoops but as you can see, the children didn’t seem to care either way…


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By |2012-06-09T13:24:56+00:00June 9th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Heidi Butkus June 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    What else did you do for your “Mini-500 Race Day?” It sure looks like fun!
    Heidi Butkus

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Heidi – I really meant to share a post on my 500 Day’s Activities but got kind of behind:) We made homemade icecream and sat outside to eat it. We set up a mini-500 track and held different kinds of little races. We explored checkered flags and made one of our own. And did some fun little activities around cars. I hope to post some of the ideas still but very sad that I didn’t get a post post up in time for the week of Indy 500:)

  2. Katey @ Having Fun at Home June 11, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I love the caterpillars- so simple and fun!

  3. Colleen June 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I have a really big yard and my kiddos (toddler/preschoolers) love for me to throw the hula hoops rolling across the yard and they chase them down, bring them back and we do it again. Will have to try some of your ideas here too. Thanks

  4. km June 12, 2012 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I saw some hula hoops at the dollar store yesterday.. I should have bought some!!! :):) Did you know that you can send a hula hoop through the mail without any packaging— just a label!! 🙂

  5. Lori July 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm - Reply

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