Musical HoopsFocus Skills: Balance · Fundamental Movement Skills
Musical Hoops is a Standards-based Fundamental Movement Skill game that is perfect for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary level PE programs. It’s a fun twist on a classic game that allows the teacher to focus on movement skills and balance. It can be played in a gym, a large classroom or outdoors, and it requires minimal equipment.
The teacher sets up the playing area by placing hoops (one, or almost one, per player) on the floor.
The students start in a scattered formation.
On the teacher’s command (e.g. when the music starts), students will being to move about the playing area while avoiding the hoops.
On the teacher’s second command (e.g. when the music stops), students must race to the hoop closest to them and stand inside the hoop in a balanced position (e.g. on one foot).
On the next command, students continue to move about the playing area.
Build One: Movement Skills
The teacher may request that students move using certain movement skills only (e.g. skipping, hoping, galloping). This will provide students with an opportunity to practice these skills.
Build Two: Melting Hoops
While the students are moving about the playing area, the teacher may remove some hoops from the game. On the teacher’s command, students must race to the hoop closest to them and balance. However, since there are fewer hoops than before, students must now find a way to balance while sharing their hoop with other players.
Grade Level Outcomes
Fundamental Movement Skills
Where else do we use these skills?
How did sharing your hoop with someone else affect your balance?
Students should keep their eyes up to avoid contact with other students.