Forms of the hula hoop have been around since ancient times. In 1000 BC, children in Egypt played with large hoops of dried grapevines. Besides twirling them around the body, children and adults have been rolling and throwing them for centuries.
Native Americans used them for target practice to improve hunting skills. Traditional materials include wood, grapevine, willow, rattan and stiff grass. In England during the 14th century, adults and children were caught up in a hoping craze. British sailors visited Hawaii in the 1800’s and noticed the similarity between ‘hooping’ and ‘hula’ dancing. That is how hula and hoop were put together.
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