Did you have a favorite toy when you were growing up? Most kids do! I had two favorite toys. I loved to play jacks. That was something I could play with my sister. With my friends or by myself. But what I really liked playing with the most was a hula hoop.
The hula hoop came into fashion in the late 1950's. I cannot remember when I first played with one, but I can remember how much fun it was. And I, also remember, I was pretty good with it. I loved to twirl it around my waist, or my arm, or my legs. I also liked rolling it along the ground. The hula hoop was something I played with all by myself. I liked playing by myself.
The modern hula hoop was invented in the late 1950's and marketed by The Wham-O Toy Company. Most hula hoops were made with a plastic tubing. And they came in a variety of colors. I have no memory of the childhood hula hoop's color.
I could stand for hours with that thing around my waist, swinging my waist from side to side, and keeping it from falling to the ground. But, if it fell, I just picked it up and started all over again. We used to have competitions to see who could keep it going the longest. The hula hoop took over whenever we tired of jacks.
The crazy fad died out in the 1980's. But not before my kids were introduced to them. I don't think they found it to be the same interesting, enticing toy I loved. After all they were boys and they were much more interested in toy guns (or just using their finger as if it were a gun) or cars and trucks.
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Photo taken by George Garrigues.
A few hula hoop bits of trivia:
1) The longest time a hula hoop was kept spinning was 74 hours and 54 minutes!!
2) The record number of hula hoops kept spinning at the same time was 160.
3) In February of 2013 there were 4,483 people who hula-hooped for 7 minutes to dance music in a stadium in Thailand which set a Guinness Book Record.
Did you play with a hula hoop as a child? Could you still make one of them go round and round your waist?