We love parachute play at school. Try it at home too!
Encourages cooperation, team work & socialization
Strengthens upper torso
Is non-competitive & fun
Refines perceptual skills
Reinforces taking turns
Develops a sense of rhythm
Helps children learn to follow directions
Promotes social interaction
Enhances language development & communication
Try these parachute games
Run under it: Hold on tight, throw arms in the air then run under it and meet in the middle. Run back out before it lands on you! Try it again and let it land on you!
Make Waves: Children can make small, medium, or large movements to make various types of “waves.”
Popcorn: Place a number of beanbags, small balls, cotton-balls, or balls onto the parachute. Shake to make them pop up like “popcorn”.
Ball Roll: Roll balls into the hole in the middle of the parachute or try to keep them away from the hole. (Or have children try to keep the balls from going into the hole in the center.) Try it with cotton balls too!
Merry-Go-Round: Children turn their bodies sideways and hold the chute with one hand. They then walk around in a circle, making a “Merry-Go-Round.” Try it hopping, skipping, jumping, etc.
Poison Snakes: Place three or four jump ropes onto the chute. Shake the parachute to keep the snakes from “biting” (touching) you.
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