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Hula-Hoop History

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 5, 2013

“Hula-Hoop History” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

Hula-Hoop History…read all about it.

Joyce Hostetter, a historical novel author and friend, introduced me to www.history.com.  If you haven’t checked it out, today’s an extra fun day to do so.   I subscribe to their e-newsletter that spotlights things that happened this day in history.  Today’s news headline caught my attention.  I hope it catches yours too.   Hula-Hoop–give it a whirl, at home, on the playground, even at work.


Thanks to Wham-O, who brought us all the Hula-Hoop.  Please share your favorite Hula-Hoop story or other comments.  What other famous toy did Wham-O develop?  Read to see.  Just for fun, how many hyphens do you see here?

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

10 Responses to “Hula-Hoop History”

  1. Kathleen said

    Linda, Great post. Thanks to you and Joyce for History.com–very cool site. I remember doing the hula hoop in gym class. I had always wanted a slip n slide, but alas it was not meant to be… 🙂 When my daughter was small, she absolutely loved her hula hoop, more than any electronic toy!

    • Kathleen,
      It’s good to hear that your gym class included hula-hoops for exercise fun. Sorry you never got your own slip ‘n slide as a kid. My boys made their own version. It was a muddy mess, but they had fun. Good to hear that your daughter had hours of fun with a toy that didn’t need batteries. Yay! Thanks for sharing your fond memories. I enjoyed them very much and I’m sure other readers will too.

  2. Linda most kids won’t know what a hula-hoop is unless there is a computer game of it!

  3. Maureen Wartski said

    I once tried to ‘hula’ with the hoop…what a mess! My granddaughter is a pro… And keeps the thing aloft for a long time .

  4. Eight…hypens. Do I win? LOL I love the Hula-Hoop. I was a champ at it in grade school. I tried this summer, but couldn’t even get the hoop to swivel. Ha ha. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      I’m not sure if you win. Are they all hypens? Any dashes? I never promised to know the answer;)
      I loved hearing about your grade school championship skills. Practice and I bet you can reclaim them!

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