Add a simple rope and hula hoop activity to your outdoor play space for imaginative play and gross-motor development.
Ropes can be classified as “loose parts” in your play space.
What’s a loose part?
Jenny from Let the Children Play says it best in a post called the Theory of Loose Parts, but basically loose parts are materials that have no pre-defined purpose in the play space. They can be moved and used in whatever manner the children like, giving kids the opportunity to explore, build, transport and create with them.
Small loose parts such as sticks and stones can be manipulated by little hands to be whatever the player wishes, and larger loose parts such as our rope and hula hoop encourage physical exercise and help to strengthen muscle tone, balance and co-ordination.
This activity was quick to set up, and it didn’t cost a thing, because I already had the hula hoops and the rope. I simply strung a very long length of rope over our clothes-line, and tied a hula hoop to each end of the rope.
This simple contraption provided hours of physical play for the hooligans during the week or two that it was rigged up.
My toddlers and preschoolers had a blast tossing balls through the hoops,
swinging and swatting at the hoops, and climbing and crawling through them.
There’s really not much else to say except that it provided hours of fun, and the kids got a ton of muscle and co-ordination-building exercise while playing with them.
I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves:
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