Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Parachute Games and D.I.Y.



We are huge fans of the Parachute! They are fun, colourful, social, promote teamwork and increase coordination.  This post will give you information on a variety of games and even how to sew your very own parachute.

Here is a partial list of Parachute games by Play Parachutes
  • Popcorn: Place a number of beanbags, small balls, or stuffed animals onto the parachute. Shake to make them pop up like "popcorn". 
  • Ball Roll: Have the children try to roll the balls into the hole in the middle of the parachute.
  •  Making Waves: Children can make small, medium, or large movements to make various types of "waves."
  • Poison Snakes: Place three or four jump ropes onto the chute. Shake the parachute to keep the snakes from "biting" (touching) you.
  • Parachute Tag: Lift the parachute high into the air. Call out two children’s names. They must trade empty spots by running under the chute, before it comes down on them.
  • Mushroom: Standing, lift the parachute waist height. Count to three - with "one" and "two" being small practice lifts. On three, all lift the chute overhead, and crouch down pulling the parachute edges down as well. This creates what looks like a "mushroom."
  • The Wave: Children put their hands up, one after another, in order – creating a synchronized "wave" like in the stands at a baseball game.
  • Beach Ball Fun: Use a beach ball, moving it with waves, around on the parachute. 
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    We added a giant balloon to the game! 



    This colourful parachute was purchased for under $20 at Winner's. 


     

    If you have the time you can sew your own parachute using plastic shower curtains for $6.00. You can find the full instructions at And Next Comes! 


     Feel free to share your projects and photo's on our Facebook Page.  We would sure love to see them!