i was thinking about the possibility of sharing hooping at children's birthday parties this summer and was wondering if anyone else has ever had the opportunity to do this...i am curious to know what you did with the children and what a good compensation would be for the time there. i am also going to be bringing hoops to a festival at the end of the summer and cultivating a little performance with children there to share at the gathering. oi! i have never done this before. somehow the idea seemed to flow and the woman coordinating the festival thought it was a great idea...it is the eastend green fest so basically the root of it is all based around living sustainably with mama earth. i would like to tie in this theme with our hooping and i thought i would see if anyone had any ideas or thoughts. thanks so much for your insight!*
Hey! I wont be able to give you any suggestions but I would love to see other peoples replies because I have been thinking of doing the same thing, kids birthdays and small performances! Whenever I hoop in the park it just draws attention, mostly to children, they love it! :)
Im not any good at hooping yet, but I do teach young kids normally, and I recommend activities arranged more like a game than a lesson. You can show them a neat technical trick once in a while, but children are probably more in tune with their body's natural flow than us adults. At least they always pick up the waist spinning pretty easily. So have them play games like: drop to your knees while hooping, hop on one foot, spin with the hoop, spin opposite the hoop, chicken walk, roll the hoop and see who gets it the furthest, a musical chairs of hooping, or use the hoops as targets for ring toss games and jumping through them.
that kind of thing interspersed with a little showing off by you and just having fun will totally eat up an hour or more for a kid's workshop. And I wouldn't go much longer than an hour anyways, just because the children will get bored or tired and then become turned off by the whole thing, which you totally want to avoid.
btw, I have to point out the irony of bringing a plastic toy to a festival based around earth-friendly living. ;^D!
cool amanda! i hope you'll find some inspiration too! and thanks mike for your insights...haha. i know. it is quite paradoxical...after i read that i had the idea of mentioning to the children that if they are no longer going to use a hoop that they have to pass it along to someone else! keep the circle going and mama earth waste free! :)
i recently did a party for a 13 year old - maybe not "kids" per se ;) but i think they liked it. the girl whose birthday it was had the idea - she had bought a hoop from me and asked her mom if i could come and do something. i brought un-taped hoops and we had an hour of taping your own hoop (there were some 9 year olds there, and i think this was possibly the high-light!) then i had an hour of teaching them some tricks. most of them picked it up really quickly.
i think at first some of them were thinking "Hula-hooping, like, what are we going to do with a hula-hoop for an hour?" but i did a little demo and showed them some basic stuff and they were intrigued.
i have 2 kids and there are over 20 on my street and they are all hooping now. i agree with mike, they definitely have an affinity for it. i don't really teach them too much, but they see me doing things and try to copy...it's great fun. a lot of the adults are into it now too! it' irresistible! i hope to do more parties, though, it is great fun and a nice alternative to a loot-bag...
I second your observation that it's less teaching than observation and mirroring. I worked with a HUGE group of kids at a day camp today and it was wild. I had all these ideas about what we'd do, but the kids just PLAYED. I was bombarded by kids showing off their skills and asking me to teach them tricks. It was great...and some of those kids are AMAZING.