You will need
- Hula hoops
- Small equipment to be gathered during the game
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 a start line and a finish line at opposite ends of your space.
- Scatter the equipment and hula hoops between the lines. There should be more hula hoops than pairs.
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.
You can’t see me
- Everyone should get into pairs and stand at the start line. One person in each pair should put on a blindfold.
- The aim of the game is for the blindfolded people to collect as much equipment as they can before reaching the finish line, without moving backwards or stepping into a hoop.
- The people without blindfolds on should move from hoop to hoop as they talk to their partners. They should guide them from the start to the finish line, collecting equipment and avoiding the hoops along the way.
- If a blindfolded player walks into a hoop, they should drop all their equipment and start again.
- The person leading the game should remind everyone to walk (not run) and to keep their distance. They should say ‘go’ to start the game.
- The game finishes once everyone has made it to the finish line.
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.