Cement Mixer

Cement Mixer is a fun outdoor game for all ages.
Hula-Hoops (1 per person)
optional - cards with pictures designating the categories (sand, dirt, water)

1. One person is the game leader or “foreman.”
2. The game leader designates each of the other players as an element of cement: sand, water, and dirt. (if you have cards you can let the kids choose a card for their element).
3. After everyone has their label, hula-hoops, 1 per child, are placed on the ground.
4. Each child stands in a hula-hoop.

How to Play

1. The construction worker calls out one of the three elements.
2. All the children of that element must jump out of their hula hoop and run to another.
3. While the children are running the construction worker removes one of the vacated hula-hoops, leaving one child hoopless. That child is out.
4. If the construction worker can't grab an empty hoop then no one is out for that round.
4. Play continues in this manner, with the construction worker calling out elements at will.
5. At any point the Construction worker may shout “CEMENT MIXER.” When this happens everyone must find a new hula-hoop (this is a great point for the construction worker to quicken the game if it is running long, as he/she can remove more than one hoop during this time).
6. Last person in a hula-hoop is given a round of applause.


1. This game can be called “Fruit Salad,” “Rainbow,” "Veggie Salad," and any other name you can think of. In these situations each child is given a vegetable names, or a rainbow color.
2. For a non-competitive way to play, have the person that is "it" try and jump into one of the empty hula -hoops instead of trying to remove it. The person that ends up hoopless is now "it."


1. It's best to make an adult/teen the construction worker.
2. Make sure that no one is near the hoop as it is being removed to prevent any tripping.
3. Make sure to spread out the hoops as much as possible.
4. You can get tricky with your calling out of the elements - or even call 2 elements at once to keep kids on their toes.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Competitive (has winners and losers)
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
5 to 10
10 to 20
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)