Two people holding hands and passing a hula hoop as seen in fun group initiative called Circle The Circle

Circle The Circle

Classic team-based energiser with lots of fun movements.

  • Very playful & fun
  • Fun stretch & warm-up
  • Simple to understand
  • Promotes cooperation
  • Tons of variations

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Comments (4)

  1. Dan

    Love the reflection questions in the Health and Wellness Programming section. Thanks Mark!

  2. Jit Raya

    I love this game. I did it many times. Easy to explain and good for exercise, thanks Mark

  3. Floyd Hinman

    I love using this activity, especially with larger groups. One of my favorite little additions is a dish of water that needs to go one direction around the circle without spilling. The hoops should stay in motion at all times, two hoops will travel in opposite directions around the circle, there should be no breaks in connection, and you will know you can stop passing the hoops when the water dish has made it to the final person without any water drops.

    I began using this variation while training summer staff for psychosocial group programs. one of the challenges we were facing in group at the time was that staff was getting caught up in some of the larger, more fun events throughout the summer, and much of the important stuff that needed more focus was being neglected. This brought out some really fascinating points not only about focusing on our kids and the therapeutic milieu, but also caring for and supporting our peers who are more focused in on the kids in each moment.

  4. David Piang-Nee

    Great little activity and so versatile too.

    Have used it as a team building exercise for one group as they try the challenge in one direction and timing it to see their improvement and techniques.. then tried with switching the directions.. Have even done two hoops going in opposite directions and seeing how that works.

    Have used it with large groups of well as a competitive fun challenge. Group of 45 or 60. Divide in groups of approximately 15 and run it as a competition between groups. Can get loud and lots of fun so can become a bit tricky to get the attention of the group. Lot of fun especially if groups are especially competitive 🙂

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