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Hula Hoop by Katie Hacker

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts
Time needed for project;
45 minutes to 1 hour

Make your own hula hoop, decorate it and get ready to hoop it up!

One color of wide Alex® Toys duct tape
Four colors of skinny Alex® Toys duct tape
10-12 foot length of 3/4” black plastic plumbing pipe from hardware store
3/4” plumbing pipe connector
Hair dryer
6-10 assorted beads and/or bells


  1. Use a hair dryer to heat one end of the plastic pipe until it's warm.
  2. Push the connector into the warm end of the plastic pipe.
  3. Place 6-10 pony beads inside the plastic pipe.
  4. Heat the other end of the pipe and place it onto the other end of the connector.
  5. Push the ends together until they meet to make the hula hoop.
  6. Wrap a piece of wide duct tape over the place where the ends meet.
  7. Attach another piece of wide duct tape at 6:00, 3:00 and 9:00.
  8. Wrap one color of skinny duct tape in a diagonal around one section of the black pipe.
  9. Repeat Step 8 for each section of the hula hoop.

Tip: Make a tassel for your hula hoop using jingly jewelry making supplies!


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