Welcome to Little Circles, a toolbox for movers, teachers & parents excited to share hula hoop fun & games with children of all age groups.
This comprehensive online toolbox is brought to you by Deanne Love (qualified primary school teacher and founder of Hooplovers.tv) & Hayley Hoopla (professional hula hooper, circus instructor and entertainer)
As educators, performers, and hoopers we have collected a huge abundance of resources over the past 20 years and reveal our secrets in this online course for you.
Would you like to offer engaging children’s hoop classes and parties filled with fun games and activities?
Baffled by how to keep kids engaged in hoop classes and parties?
Not sure how to go about getting bookings and gigs?
Do you want to offer hoop classes and parties filled with fun games and activities?
Do you struggle with keeping your classes & parties flowing and exciting?
Are you overwhelmed by what it takes to share successful hoop classes with children?
Little Circle Toolbox is for
Anyone who adores children and wants to share hoop fun and games
Hoopers who want to share hoop classes & parties with children
Teachers who want to offer new ways to move and express
Parents who are looking for fun hoop party and playtime ideas
Little Circles is designed to give you the skills you need to create hoop lessons, parties, and programs that will enhance your student's:
- self-esteem & social interactions
- object manipulations skills
- spacial awareness
- locomotor skills
- gross & fine motor skills
- enjoyment of physical activity, dance & modern beats
- muscle tone, back alignment
- left / right awareness
- body awareness
- fight against obesity
- appreciation for dynamic performing arts
- flexibility, dexterity, agility
- hand-eye coordination
- overall body strength
- group participation & morale
- creativity & self-expression
Our wish is for you to create a new and joyous movement programs for your school, community, studio or family.
In this course, you will receive a preparation pack to get you started including places to teach and what to do even before you step into the classroom.
Creative classroom strategies to keep your students engaged, active and having fun.
A huge video library including 30 hoop tricks, 16 fun games, and 10 unique combos as well as your very own hoop cards and ideas for using them.
We also share our hoop class essentials including a preparation checklist, class plan examples and powerful ways to wrap up your successful hoop gig.
Next, we stretch your imagination and give you examples of how to use creative movement journeys and class themes.
Then we offer up our Hoop Biz tips including client questions, party structures, unique offerings to get you booked and pricing strategies.
Plus a bunch of bonuses: fun playlists, lesson templates, how to make your own music and a lot more.
Join our global circle of other teachers, movers, and parents sharing hoop fun with children. Get the support and inspiration you need.
Our mission is to support you to feel confident in guiding children’s hoop classes, parties & workshops
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: To gift children with all-inclusive ways to move their bodies and express their joy
: To give teachers & parents the tools to support children to be active in creative ways
: To offer a range of activities as alternatives to competitive sport
: To support teachers and parents to feel confident in guiding children’s hoop classes, parties & workshops
Ideal for classroom teachers, community coaches, team leaders, parents.
“Deanne and Hayley, thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring, practical and supportive course. It has given me the confidence to provide children with a multifaceted creative movement program. The games are really awesome. I especially like getting a small gruop of children to create a flow, then they teach it to another group. To facilitate this kind of creative mentoring, between child and child, as a teacher is a beautiful experience. I found all the material really helpful, it is something I will revisit again and again to be inspired by. I mostly work with young children 3-5 year olds. I have used the hoop cards mostly, I love them!! The more complex games I look forward to doing with older children in the future.”
“The Hoop Cards have become absolutely essential to my classes. I use them in the hoop circuits and to help the children sequence tricks and make up their own pieces. Hoop games like hoop freeze, rock and roll relay, 10 trick challenge and hoop says are the games I use over and over and are super popular! Fun tricks like kick up and hoop on head and stepping through are great tricks to liven up the classes and are a good way of linking activities. The Facebook group is a valuable source of support and further ideas or requests for help! Hoop cards, circuit style teaching of tricks, sequence ideas, advice and help being in a FB group. The same as above really. The Hoop Cards have become absolutely essential to my classes. I use them in the hoop circuits and to help the children sequence tricks and make up their own pieces. Hoop games like hoop freeze, rock and roll relay, 10 trick challenge and hoop says are the games I use over and over and are super popular! Fun tricks like kick up and hoop on head and stepping through are great tricks to liven up the classes and are a good way of linking activities. The Facebook group is a valuable source of support and further ideas or requests for help!”
Hoop Dance Coach
Professional hula hooper, circus instructor and entertainer
“I love the little circles toolbox - it really helped me to create my own style of hoopcourses for kids! I love the games and even learnt some new trick - like clap and catch isn't that easy as it looks ;-) I often use the vidoes of the tricks that are aproved with children and the videos of the games. It is really cool that you really show how the games work. Apart from that I loved the tutorial about how to create music for my class - this is really helpful because it makes my work in action less exhausting and I can concentrate much more on the kids. I really loved the videos about the games, especially Hoop Yaay and 10 Trick game and also the tutorial about how to create music for my class. I already used it to create Songs and it makes my work so much easier, if I do not have to watch out for the musik as it makes breaks and everything on its own.”
“This course is great. I feel that I am now well prepared to teach a hula hoop dance class to kids after taking the little circles course. Lots of useful information and really helps to boost your confidence level. This class makes sure you are guided through everything from marketing yourself to designing lesson plans to successful events. You also have a community on Facebook where you can bounce ideas off of each other. I have taught my first class and the kids loved it, I have a 2nd class already scheduled. Deanne and Haley are very knowledgeable and are good teachers. Children do learn differently than adults and it is good to have advice from two teachers who have so much experience. The trick cards and game suggestions. The sample hoop class agenda was a good starting point for creating my own. I feel the Facebook group is helpful too. It’s good to connect with others who have taken the class.”
What is included in Little Circles Online Course?
10 x packed modules supporting you to become the most creative and confident you can be. Including video, PDF and written library. Module 1: Getting Started Module 2: Keeping Kids Engaged Module 3: Hoop Tricks for Children Module 4: Hoop Combos Module 5: Games & Activities Module 6: Hoop Cards Module 7: Hoop Class Essentials Module 8: Stretch Your Imagination Module 9: Hoop Biz Module 10: BONUS 10 x weekly guidance emails. You will have access to the full course immediately however you will also receive guidance emails for 10 weeks taking you through the full course week by week. Access to the private Little Circles group supported by Deanne Love & Hayley Hoopla. A space to connect with other teachers around the world.
How do I access all of the materials?
Once you have enrolled in Little Circles online course you will receive a welcome email. This email will have all of the details to help you log in to your online classroom. You will be able to stream or download all of the videos, PDFs and text information included while you are in an internet connection. You will have lifetime access to the Little Circle online course.
Can I get a job teaching children to hoop?
Hayley and Deanne have both worked successfully as full-time hoop teachers for many years, contracting many other teachers, reaching 100s of schools/venues and thousands of children. The information included in this course is what they have used to find that success. Completing the Little Circles course does not guarantee that you will find work as a children's hoop teacher however it is designed to support you to do so if that is your vision. We also believe that schools and community centers are hungry for fresh, professional and engaging classes and workshops.
I am not very good at hooping. Can I still teach children?
This toolbox is crafted for anyone who loves working with kids. It is also for hoop teachers wanting to specialize, and parents or teachers wanting to bring the benefits of hooping to their school, community or classroom. It is also great for parent to find new and fun ways to share with their children. It is not essential that you are an expert hooper, everything included in this toolbox is about having fun, sharing with joy and providing a range of activities and tool for children to learn to express themselves through hooping.
How much money can I make teaching children to hoop?
Every lesson, party or workshop is going to be different. We cover pricing strategies and also talk about negotiating with clients. Hayley and Deanne often charge between $350 - $500 for a children's hoop party/show. Deanne also charges per student for incursions in schools with an income of $250 - $1000 per workshop. However some organisiations may ask you to work for free, a trade or for minimal payment. Each situation you enter will depend on your connection, your vision, your income goals and so much more.
Where can I start teaching children to hoop?
In Module 1 of the course, you will find information on places to start researching. Reaching out to a variety of this places and venues with a professional offering, appropriately priced and with the required insurance/training will give you a greater opportunity of finding work as a hoop teacher.
I have questions about this toolbox. How can I contact you?
Awesome yes! You can send all of your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Look forward to hearing from you!
- Who are we? What is Little Circles?
- Before you start teaching
- Teacher Talk: Answering Your Questions
- Safety : Teacher Talk
- Age groups & Hoop Sizes
- Where to get jobs and gigs
- Join the Little Circles Group
- Little Circles Terms Conditions
- Setting the Space & Vibe
- Setting the Vibe: Part 2
- Creative Classroom Strategies
- Power of Praise
- Grouping Techniques
- *new* 6 dance moves to add to your next class
- *new* Engage kids with Tabata music
- Razzle Dazzle
- Magic Trick
- Around the World
- Clap & Catch
- Can Can
- Arm Hooping
- Waist Hooping
- Hoop Handshake
- Hoop on Head
- Hoop on Head Step Through
- Neck to Waist
- Skipping Variations
- Kick Up
- Razzle Dazzle Roundabout
- Back Spin
- Knee Hooping
- Ankle Hop
- Shooting Star
- Star Burst
- Bus Driver
- Ninja Pass
- Hoop Combos Part 1
- Hoop Combos Part 2
- New combo with Hayley
- 10 Trick Intro
- 10 Trick Game
- Hoop Yay! Intro
- Hoop Yay!
- Alternative to Hooping Competition (Waist Hooping)
- Using Props
- Hoop Swap & Variations
- Hoop Freeze
- Freeze Game Ideas
- 4 Corners: Rockstars
- Copy Cats
- Razzle Dazzle Olympics
- Hoop Orbs
- Hoop Rolling Ideas
- Spinning Macareena
- Hoop Says...
- Tag Team Showtime
- Thread the Needle
- *new* Ringmaster Says
- Games with Hoop Cards
- Hoop Cards Printable
- Tabata Playlist
- Using Music & Trick Cards for a variety of activities
- Prepration Checklist
- Hoop Class Plan Example
- Ideas for Wrapping Up Your Class
- Creative Movement Journey with Hayley
- Taking them on a Creative Journey: Example
- Class Themes
- What else could a hoop be?
- Questions for Clients
- Example Party Structure
- Ideal offerings to get you booked (specific examples)
- Pricing your offerings
- *new* How to come back from a setback
- Little Circles Playlist
- How to make music for your class
- Free music for your classes
- Lesson Plan Template Example
- Booking Confirmation Example
“Groovy course with lots of fun tricks to teach children! Great ideas on how to teach the class and keep it organized!! I created a binder that helped me a lot. I would recommend this to anyone who is considering teaching a hoop class I created a 'Little Circles' binder, and got a lot of great ideas of hoop tricks to teach the kids. The videos were helpful in giving ideas on how to teach children. Great names for the tricks too! I created a folder to help me to stay organized.”
“Little Circles is a great primer for anyone with the desire to bring the joy of hula hooping to kids of all ages. It includes some great tools for teaching kids to hula hoop through games and fun exercises that are presented in an easy to understand and accessible way. I'v e mainly used the examples of games and teaching moves. I have watched the videos over and over again. The hoop cards have also been really useful as well as the list of places to approach for kids classes and workshops as my business is still developing. The video examples were really useful and enabled me to be able to fully understand how the games worked as sometimes it is difficult to visualise or understand the games just from written instructions. The sequences that put moves together were also really useful fro programming for children.”
“Little Circles has been a great resource that I can come back to over and over. I teach one time events and weekly classes where I use the material. Thank you for being an inspiration! Your encouragement, program and Little Circles community on Facebook have been great tools! The cards have been helpful even to keep me on schedule and not forget parts. I use them for the kids to put together routines as well. I use a tag, rolling games and step through the hoop. Building hula huts is a hit always. I am glad you included professional tips on the business basics. The games for sure! Tag while balancing a hoop and rock paper scissors is a favourite. The kids love clap and catch and balancing climb through is something I do with them. listening to your approaches and teaching tips for each activity and trick was very useful.”
“ The Little Circles course is an essential part of your professional development if you’re working with kids. It gets you down to their level and inspires you to be creative and have fun with your future hoop stars! The resources fill your toolbox with plenty of tricks to run workshops, classes, birthday parties and more. The games section and definitely the PDF resources. I was inspired to incorporate a lot more games and I’ve found the kids love them, I also discovered I could adapt hoops to other games and I’ve made a few of my own up! I love my trick cards, I use them for a circuit to drill tricks. I’ve printed and laminated those. They make for a great structured element to the session.”