You will need
- Hula hoops
- Equipment to create obstacles
Learn through play
This activity was created with our friends at Boing Kids. Boing is all about giving children the tools they need to explore the world around them and solve problems in a fun way. They support people to create playful, active, and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Physical literacy means understanding how you interact with the world around you – it involves concepts like reacting to objects, moving creatively, and interacting with other people.
Before you begin
- Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessmentthat’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
- Mark out two large safe zones at opposite ends of your space and put lots of small obstacles in the space between them for the blindfolded people to make their way through.
Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session. Everyone should wash their hands before and after they use equipment.
- Remind everyone to stay socially distanced when moving around in the game.
- Make sure people clean their hands before using any equipment and again straight afterwards.
- Only one person should touch the equipment to lay it out at the start. Clean equipment between different users.
Near, far, wherever you are
- Everyone should get into groups of three and number themselves one, two, and three.
- The number ones and twos should stand in one safe zone. The number threes should stand in the opposite safe zone. The number threes shouldn’t move around in the safe zone.
- The number ones should put on a blindfold and stand inside a hula hoop held at waist height by their number two.
- The aim of the game is for numbers one and two to safely collect three pieces of equipment and reunite with their number threes. Number ones must not touch the hula hoop.
- The person leading the game should start the game by saying ‘go’.
- Everyone should work out how best to collect their equipment and reunite their groups.
- Every 30 seconds or so, the person leading the game should shout ‘change’ and the number threes should move from one safe zone to the other.
- The game is over when all of the groups are reunited.
Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.
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The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.