Number of players: unspecified
Age group: 3 and up
Duration: varies according to number of children
Space requirements: small to medium area
40 x 27 x 17 cm
“The hula hoop seemed to belong the agile body of the girl.”
Many games and toys originated in urban areas many years before spreading into other regions, countries and continents through the course of history. One such example is the hula hoop, which has been used since the times of Ancient Egypt. Originally made of wood or wicker, in the 1950s it became one of the first toys to be made in plastic. This innovative new material helped spark the craze that led the toy industry to sell millions of hula hoops worldwide. Some toys, even transformed by new trappings, industrial packaging and television hype, never leave the collective human imagination.
The big challenge here is for players to turn and balance the hula hoop on body parts without letting it fall. The game is to see how long each person can sustain the motion and balance. Players can turn the hula hoop on their neck, waist, wrist, arm, ankle, etc.
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