As PE teachers, one of our main goals is to keep kids as active as possible throughout class. Kids want to be challenged and love a good competition. These past few weeks, the Hula Hoop Showdown activity has been so popular on social media. Parents, friends, and colleagues were tagging me in posts about it begging for me to try it out.
When I first watched the video of the activity, I liked the concept of it, but thought there were way to many kids just standing around and waiting. My goal was to modify it in order to find a way to still keep it competitive and fun, but add in more movement. I read over the comments people were making on the original post and began to develop a plan for my own version that would hopefully meet the needs of what everyone was requesting. The result is an updated version of the Hoop Hop Showdown, which I renamed to the RPS (Rock, Paper, Scissors) Hoop Showdown.
RPS HOOP SHOWDOWN
Recommended Grades: 2nd and up
Split up your class so that students are in groups of no larger than 3, possibly 4. I had 24 in a class so I made 6 teams. The smaller the teams the better! The hoops are set-up in a snowflake diagram and one cone is placed at the end of each line. Next to each cone is a bucket containing 20-25 tokens.
Tip: Use hoop clips to connect the hoops together and keep them from moving around. They work with any hoop with a cross sectional diameter of 0.85”.
How to Play RPS Showdown
One student from each team goes at a time. I tell my students 1 person from your team on the playing board at a time. Students must jump into each hoop to move across the board. Their goal is to make it to another teams cone in order to earn one of their tokens to take back to their team’s bucket. As the student is jumping, they can come head to head with another student. These 2 students then play Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS). The winner of RPS gets to keep jumping The student that loses then steps out of the hoop and runs back to their team. As soon as a student steps out of a hoop (off the playing board) the next person on their team can begin. The same happens if a student makes it to another teams cone; that student steps out of the hoop (which allows their next teammate to begin) they then can get a token and run it back to their team’s bucket.
You can keep playing as long as you like. My students loved it and were exhausted after about 20 minutes. If you want to add even more activity, have the students complete an exercise when they return to their cone. For example 15 jumping jacks, squats or push-ups.
Another fun variation is to use a pair of jumbo inflatable rock paper scissors either as part of the hoop hop game, or for students to play while at their team’s bucket!
National PE Standards Addressed
Standard 1: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
- Can the student jump using two feet correctly leaving and landing on the ground?
Standard 2: The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
- Can the student make a strategic decision on which way to go in order to be the most successful during the game?
Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
- Can the student remain positive and show sportsmanship towards their peers?
Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
- Is the student enjoying himself or herself and positively interacting with their peers?
About the Author:
Tara Yost just began her 9th year of teaching Elementary Physical Education and currently teaches in Meriden, Kansas. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness and a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Health & Physical Education. Tara has been awarded many grants to supply new equipment to her classroom and bring new health & wellness initiatives to her school.