Get those HOOPS out for your Preschoolers

For a safe and lightweight play object:  the HOOP is a good choice. Being low in cost, simple to handle, and colorful…a HOOP just asks to be picked up.

During a play time, try to to use as many words that give your child: directions and name parts of their body.

  1. Inside the hoop
  2. Outside the hoop
  3. Place one foot inside
  4. Stand INSIDE the hoop, with your toes touching the rim
  5. Stand OUTSIDE the hoop, with your toes gripping the rim.
  6. Stand in the center of the hoop.
  7. Lie down with ALL of your body: inside the hoop.
  8. Touch the hoop with both hands [apart] and place both feet on the hoop. That means there are 4 points of contact!
  9. Place one foot inside the hoop -AND- on foot outside the hoop. Image that the hoop is a circular TRAIN TRACK. Scoot around the hoop.
  10. Reverse the direction of travel on the TRAIN TRACK.
  11. Change the pace of the scooting of feet: slow, speedy, and add a train ‘sound’: choo-choo.

By responding to your suggestions, the child will learn to MOVE!  Moving strengthens the brain-body connections which enriches the brain’s matrix of cells. Those enriched brain circuits will be available to direction moves as well as for lots of academic work.

Another teaching method for HOOPS, will have you, the Teacher, holding a HOOP.

Set up an open and safe space. Place cone -or- marker at a START spot.

Place a second cone at an END spot.

Hoops make play times fun. Use small hoops to build bodies and brain for preschoolers.

Teaching HINTS for Preschool Hoop Work

  1. Ask you child to go to the START spot.
  2. Then you stand in the middle, between the start and end spots and hold the hoop horizontal to the ground: a few inches ‘off’ the ground.
  3. Ask the child to walk towards the HOOP and step ‘into the hoop’ with one foot leading.
  4. Then have them bring the second foot to the first: INSIDE the HOOP.
  5. Let them continue in the same direction, walking OUT of the HOOP.
  6. Let them move to the END spot and REST.
  7. Repeat as enjoyed.
  8. Add some claps of hands and MARCH to the HOOP.
  9. A variation:  ask child to place all toes at the edge of the HOOP. They are outside the hoop.
  10. In one JUMP [keep ankles together] JUMP into the hoop. Land with some knee bending.
  11. Rest there. Then found to three: 1-2-3 and clap your hands and say: JUMP OUT!
  12. Make your own variations. Speed up jumps.
  13. JUMP IN. Turn and JUMP OUT.

The task to listen and move to a voice command builds a person’s ability to process [auditory] words as well as actually do some motor planning.  Big words for knowing WHEN and HOW to make their body move WELL!

We all should try and master fundamental movement skills to build a movement vocabulary as well as construct a language-based vocabulary….by using our bodies!


  • Learn to Move
  • Move to LEARN

There is a series of six trading manuals that may aid you [as the child’s first teacher and coach] to develop simple skills and practice easy tasks…on the way to mastering moves!

These Kidskills Movement and Sports Training Manuals are available as eBooks in the Apple iBookstore and through the Kindle program.