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Name of Activity:

Monsters, Inc.

Purpose of Activity:

To have children understand what it means to include others into their group, and to work together to solve a problem.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Large open area, indoors or outside; 8 to 10 hula hoops; Tape player or CD; Monsters, Inc. Soundtrack Music

Description of Idea

This is a cooperative version of musical chairs.

Most children have seen the movie "Monsters, Inc." If not, explain to them that today they are going to be "monsters" hiding in "closets." (Of course, reassure them that there ARE no such things as monsters in closets, and make sure this is a light-hearted activity!)

Scatter the hoops about on the floor, leaving enough space between the hoops for the children to move freely. Tell them, as the music plays, they will be "monsters" wandering about looking for a closet to jump into. The students may perform any type of locomotive skill during this activity. (Hopping, skipping and jumping work well.) When the music stops, they must jump into a "closet" (hoop) and give their very best monster growl. (Kids love doing this!) Once they have completed this, take away 2 or 3 of the hoops and repeat the activity, until there are only about 2 hoops left. You'll be amazed at how many children can stand in one of these hoops!

Assessment Ideas:

Ask the class, "What did you have to do to let another monster in your closet?" Most will say things like "move over" and "scrunch together." Encourage them and state that they are exactly right and that they had to be willing to give up some space to make sure they could include another "monster." Reinforce this is what it means to cooperate with each other and to work together.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities

Children in wheelchairs can also participate. Even though the hoops may get crowded, you can allow them to park their wheelchair outside the group and hold hands with another "monster."

Submitted by Lisa Wilkins who teaches at Warwick River Christian School in Newport News, VA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/30/2002.
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So, question, what happens when you have too many students to fit into the hula hoops? what do those students who can't fit into a hoop do? Are they out?


Beautiful game for kids, I loved it ...

peter from kenya

this is awesome gonna try it together with sharks and sailors


I played this game and changed it from monsters to bears looking for their caves. You could even talk about hibernating for the winter! We still growled. My first graders had a great time and it was a great way to reinforce different loco-motor skills and team work.


I think this is one of the best games ever that follows a movie and for kids who are in wheel chairs love the game and helps me out in my class for PE.


I played this game with my Adaptive P.E. students and they LOVED it!!! When I played it with them we would first work on the locomotive skills then apply them to the game. With my students who were wheelchair bound, they would be placed in the middle of the hula hoop and all the others would gather around as necessary. It was great seeing them all work together!


WE LOVE this game, the kids really have fun with it!


My students LOVED this activity. I put out a lot of Hula Hoops to start so by the time it gets down to 2 hoops the kids were moving around for 5 to 8 minutes straight. They kids are getting a great work out and they don't even realize it. The children really learned how to work together to fit into the hoops.


Prior to beginning this activity I preteach and demonstrate that students only need to get one foot in the hoop to be considered "in". We all then step into one hoop. Also if each student leans back with arms out they can help hold each other's balance (cooperate). This preteaching and demonstration pretty much eliminates any pushing or racing to get into hoops.

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