Practice Hula Hoop Times Tables!
If you’re finding it painful to get your child to practice math lessons learned throughout the school year and her skills are slipping, try this mental and physical multitasking game to get your child back into the swing of things. This physical coordination reinforcement activity uses a hula hoop to get the mental juices flowing. This game is fun with two or more players taking turns and keeping score, but can work just as well with one.
What You Need:
- Hula hoop
- Pad of paper
- Bowl or hat
What You Do:
- Make a list of the multiplication tables your child has learned during the school year. Your child will be reflecting and reinforcing these lessons as he looks back on what he’s learned. Space these out on the page so that you will be able to cut each item into a separate strip of paper. Once the list seems substantial, cut up the paper by individual skill, fold in half, and place in the bowl or hat.
- Now let the hula thinking begin! Start by having one person pick a piece of paper from the bowl, read the category out loud and get ready with the hula hoop. The other player is the note taker, and writes down the times table category and name of the Hula Hooper for score-keeping purposes. Put the paper back in the cup once read, so others can have the chance to pick it in the future and try it too.
- The hula hoop player starts hooping, while reciting the times table category that she has chosen. For example, if she has chosen the 6 times table, she should recite "6, 12, 18, 24 ..." as she keeps the hula hoop up. Using a stopwatch or other kind of timer, the note taker keeps track of how long the hula hooper keeps the hoop going while still managing to recite the answers. The turn ends when the hula hoop falls to the ground and stops.
- Now the next player gets a turn, following steps 2 and 3, until everyone gets a chance to play and all of the multiplication tables are practiced by each player. If a player chooses a category they have done during a previous round, they may place the paper back in the cup and choose again.