How to Use a Hula Hoop for Team Building Activities

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How to Use a Hula Hoop for Team Building Activities
Hula hoops are more than just a kids play toy. (happy boy with a hoop image by Cherry-Merry from

When a group is challenged to work together to solve a problem, it helps to build trust, working on their listening skills and understanding the power of compromise. The group learns how to work together as a team. Team building activities, such as the hula circle, aid in this process. This activity promotes focus and allows teammates to encourage one another by shouting praise and strategy as the hula hoop makes its rounds.

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  1. 1

    Have the team of three people or more join hands in a circle.

  2. 2

    Have two participants unclasp their hands, and place a hula hoop on the arm of one player. Have them join hands again.

  3. 3

    Challenge the team to pass the hula hoop from one person to the next, completely around the circle, without unclasping hands. To do this, players will have to step through the hula hoop with one leg, duck their head through, step through with the next leg, and allow the hoop to dangle on their arm as it passes to the next player. Don't tell the players how to do this. They must work together to figure out how to pass the hula hoop around.

    See References 1 and 2

Tips and warnings

  • There are several variations to this activity. Options include having the team stand with their backs toward the centre of the circle, and timing the team, then having them see if they can do it again faster. You can do this with more than one hula hoop at a time.
  • See References 1 & 2

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