Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Many of the activities in this curriculum rely on kids working together as a team. Engaging children early on in team-building activities such as this one can help to create a foundation for later team-based work in which collaborating together is critical to students’ success.
Ask your students if they have ever been on a team before. What does it mean to be on a team? What are some things they can do to help the team to succeed? The focus of this short discussion might be on the importance of support and sharing ideas/responsibility in teamwork.
Standing in a circle holding hands, can your class pass the hula hoop all the way around the circle—without using their hands or letting go of their neighbor’s hands? How quickly can they do it?
After their first try, ask them how hard it was to pass the hoop around without using their hands. How did they get their bodies through the hoop? Did it help the kids who went later to watch the first few kids pass the hoop? Did they get any ideas about how they should do it when it was their turn? Was it important to work together to get the hoop around each of them? Do they think they can beat their first time?
Have the group try again and see if they can beat their best time. Try a few times until you feel they have a sense of accomplishment. As an extension, you could do this activity with two lines of children, racing to see who can pass the hoop down the line the fastest.