I now have proof that spring is here. Our ground has thawed enough that I can dig impulsive holes! As we were outside enjoying the beautiful weather, and the boys were riding around on some toy cars and bikes, I got an idea. I saw some hula hoops lying around and thought we could use them in an obstacle-type-course. And then, I got an even better idea! I could dig them into the ground so I wouldn’t have to hold them up for hours on end! And so, the hula hoop outdoor tunnel came to be.
Now, before you decide to do this activity – unless you are like me, get an idea and I’m gone – and if you are you’re likely not reading this anymore anyways – so for the rest of you … I suggest planning out where exactly you would like this hula hoop tunnel. Of course it is not truly permanent, but you will be digging it into the ground. I just sort of got the idea and put it right square in the middle of the yard. I may dig it up and put it to the side. May. Hmm … well, or may not.
This hula hoop outdoor tunnel is very simple to create. Simply dig a little trench, pop your hula hoop in, and bury it. Then repeat for the second hula hoop.
Next, I added an old table cloth over the top and secured it to the hula hoop with some packing tape (duct tape would work well too). And that’s it!
If I had had a third hula hoop handy I would have added it to the middle of the tunnel for some added support. Otherwise, it really worked well! Sam enjoyed riding his little cars through it for awhile, and then took to crawling/running through it. Benjamin was quite nervous of it, surprisingly, so we decided to roll a ball through it to get him warmed up.
After a little while it became a tunnel for kicking a ball through – which made me realize these hula hoops would make great goalie nets as well!
We are all about using what we have right now, trying to minimize “stuff” that we buy. This was a fun addition to our backyard that was made with things that we already have on hand and didn’t cost us a penny.