- The beauty of this game is it’s simplicity. Present the group with a hula hoop. Tell them they must lower the hoop to the ground quickly and evenly.
- Each member must hold out a finger on each hand.
- Those fingers must maintain contact with the bottom of the hoop at all times.
- Hands must stay parallel with the ground and participants cannot hook the hoop/pole.
The second the facilitator lets go of the hoop/pole it will start to rise and the participants will start blaming each other. Because it is so lightweight the participants keep trying to push up in order to maintain contact with it. With everyone having the same idea the hoop will rise upward like magic. It’s intriguing to see the reactions to this phenomenon. They think it’s going to be simple and end up going mad. It’s a great activity for going over communication and placing blame.
• As an added challenge, have them lower the hoop around a small orange cone.
• You can control how hard or easy to make this task. You can take them over obstacles, down stairs, around trees, etc. If, for example, the group is in the forming stage, put only one minor obstacle in the path and create opportunity for fairly instant experiential success of teamwork. If the team is functioning cohesively, make the obstacle course longer and harder and more physically challenging in order to deepen their experience of what they can achieve together.