How to Have a Hula Hoop Party

Hey, this is Sarah from teachkidstohoop.com and ashevillefacepainter.com and today I’m going to show you how to have a hula hoop party!
If you have high-energy kids who love music, dancing & being creative, a hula hoop themed party will keep girls (AND boys) entertained.

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Here’s what you’ll need for your hula hoop party:
Space: If you have a small house and it’s too cold to have the party outside, you can usually rent out spaces at these types of places: churches, gyms, dance studios, library activity rooms, and banquet halls.
Hula hoops: You can get toy store hoops (which may break the same day) or you can make your own hoops if you’re the DIY type.
Not the crafty type? Grab some hoops in bulk here. These are high quality hoops that I use for all of my kids parties:

Pull Buoy 8003D Deluxe Hula Hoop Set, 36″ Size, Assorted Colors

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Hula Hoop Games and Activities:
*Hooper Says: Hooper Says is just like Simon Says, only this time Simon instructs the kids to do things involving the hula hoop. For example, “Hooper says jump rope with your hulahoop!” or “Hooper says drop your hoop and walk around it.”
*Hoop Scotch: Similar to Hopscotch, only instead of chalk outlines, we make the “hopscotch” grid by lining up one hoop alternating with two hoops. The kids take turns jumping into the hoops, just like Hopscotch. After everyone has had their turn, make each round harder by having the kids hula hoop around their waist while attempting to complete the Hoopscotch course.
*The Chain Game: All the kids line up (or form a circle if there is enough of them) and hold hands. Place one hula hoop between two kids’ hands, and without breaking the chain, have them pass the hoop around the entire circle. This is a great team-building exercise.
*Hula hooping contest: This game is a competition to see who can keep the hoop spinning around the waist the longest. Some kids are so good at this, that I’ve devised a way to make it harder: have them spin the hoop in their opposite direction, or have them stand on one foot while hula hooping. For more games and instruction, you might like The Hooping with Kids Teacher Training Program.

 

 

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*Serve hoop shaped snacks such as pineapple rings, gummy O’s, bagels and donuts.

Gummy apple ring candy, yum!

*Have the kids decorate their own hoops. You’ll need decorative tape (vinyl electrical tape comes in lots of colors and is easy to work with) like this:

Scraft Artise (10) Rolls of Washi Masking Tape Japanese Decorative Set, 15mm x 10m, approx. 5/8″x 33′, 10 Bright Solid Colors, Fun for Scrapbooking, Journaling, Cards, DIY, Arts & Crafts

Here’s a demo video of one of my hula hoop parties.

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