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12 Activities of Christmas 5: Five Gold Rings

This is activity works on children’s coordination and counting skills. It is best suited for older children in small groups.

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this Physical Development and Maths activity today!

What you will need:

  • Five hula hoops (of any colour, but bonus points if they’re ‘gold’ (yellow)!
  • Bean bags, or an equivalent, throwable item that won’t bounce too much. If needed, balls of scrunched-up paper should work well
  • Five A4 pieces of paper, three with ‘1’ written on and two with ‘2’ written on.

Preparing the activity:

  1. Set out the hula hoops in two rows, with three at the front and two at the back.
  2. Place the sheets of paper in the hula hoops so the front three are marked ‘1’ and the back two with ‘2’.
  3. Stand the children far enough away from the hoops that throwing the beanbags into them is a challenge, but not impossible.

Doing the activity:

Give each child three beanbags for their first go. The goal is for them to throw the beanbags into one of the hoops, read what number score they’ve got, and to try to add them together. This can be done hoop-by-hoop to make more room for thinking time. You can help them using counting strategies, such as using their fingers.

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Each round, give the children an extra beanbag. See how far they can go with their counting!

Adapting the Activity:

As this plan doesn’t exclusively focus on Christmas, there will be no problem using it as a non-Christmas activity!

Tracking the activity:

30-50 months

Mathematics: Numbers; “Uses some number names accurately in play.”

40-60+ months

Mathematics: Numbers; “Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.”

Physical Development: Moving and Handling; “Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.”