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20 Parachute Games and Activities for Kids and Toddlers

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Parachute Games and Activities

Parachute games are a fantastic way to entertain and promote teamwork to children of all ages. These 20 games and activities are sure to do just that, there are even some games that toddlers and seniors can join too. 

1. GIANT MUSHROOM – A GREAT WAY TO INTRODUCE THE PARACHUTE!

Spread the children out evenly in a circle around the parachute. Pull the parachute tight and lower it around ankle level. On the count of 3 lift the chute upwards. It will fill up with air underneath and look like a giant mushroom 

2. MAKING WAVES

While holding the parachute tight, the players move their arms up and down to make small and large wave like ripples.

3. HIDDEN TREASURE UNDER THE SEA

Place a variety of ‘treasures’ (maybe sweets) into a box under the parachute. Make waves like above as if in a sea storm. Send divers (players) to retrieve the items one by one from the treasure box.

4. THE CATHEDRAL 

With the parachute starting as low as possible get the players to raise their arms (and the chute) as high as they can. When the chute is high all players take 3-4 big steps towards the center. While still holding the chute tightly the players then sit down at the edge of the chute making it look like a cathedral

5. PARACHUTE TAG

Raise the parachute high overhead. Call one kid or toddlers name and have him/her run to the other side before the parachute comes down and tags them. You can mix it up by having them skip, crawl or hop to the other side.

6. ONE HANDED RUN

The following 2 parachute games involve a bit of running! Have each child hold the parachute with one hand. Run clockwise in one direction and then change direction to anti clockwise. To mix it up use music to cue children when to change direction.

7. MERRY GO ROUND 

In this parachute games turn the body so that the chute is held with only one hand. Walk, jog or sprint in the same direction to make the chute look like a merry-go-round. 

8. SHAKING HANDS

All the players hold the chute above their heads. Call out two children’s names and have them run underneath the parachute, quickly shake hands or high five and then run back out before the chute comes down. Keep doing this until all the players have had a turn. 

9. CAT AND MOUSE 

Children hold the chute stretched out at waist height. Someone becomes the mouse and goes underneath. Another player becomes a cat and goes on top. The rest of the players help try to hide the mouse by moving the chute up and down.

10. STATIC FUN

Hold the edges of the parachute with a child sitting underneath it. On a signal, the children pull and push back and forth on the parachute. The child’s hair beneath the parachute becomes statically charged due to all of the rubbing. On a given signal, swing the parachute up so the child’s hair goes up and stays up due to the build up of static energy.

Parachute Games for Kids 

11. POPCORN 

Start with all the players holding the chute tightly. Throw as many soft balls as you can onto the chute. Have the kids bounce the popcorn (balls) as quickly as possible off the chute, just like popping popcorn. 
For Variety you can play this game in two teams. One team tries to bounce the balls off the chute, while the other side attempts to keep the balls on the chute!

12. BALL ROLLING

A great parachute game for toddlers, have the toddlers try to roll balls into the hole in the center of the parachute.

13. DON’T DROP THE BALL

Place a soft ball of any size in the center of the chute. The aim of this game is for each team NOT to let the ball fall off the chute on their side.

14. ROLLER BALL

Have all players holds the chute stretched tightly and put a large ball near the edge. The aim of this game is to guide the ball around the edge of the chute without it falling off.

As the ball comes towards you, lower the edge you are holding, and as it goes past raise your edge.When done smoothly a wave is created that moves the ball around the edge of the chute. Perfect for practicing concentration and co-operation!

15. ROLL TO A FRIEND

Place ball on top of the parachute and have the players attempt to roll the ball back and forth to each other. For an added challenge you could tell a specific person to roll the ball to someone else that you choose. This game encourages cooperation and team building as the players have to work together for the first player to get the ball to the second player. 

16. CATAPULT FLING

This parachute game is very simple yet so much fun! Put a tennis ball on the parachute and catapult it as high as the players can go. 

17. THE GREAT BALLOON FLOAT 

Have the players hold onto the parachute and place several balloons on top of the parachute. Count to 5 and yell out “up”. On the word “up”, the players lift the parachute up above their heads as fast as they can and then lower the parachute down as fast as possible. Where did the balloons go? Keep playing this game to see how high you can get the balloons to fly. 

18. PARACHUTE GOLF

Have the players hold onto the parachute and place a golf ball onto the parachute. Have the players maneuver the parachute to attempt to get the ball through the hole. Once successful have a caddie go under the parachute to retrieve the ball and start again. Count the number of waves (golf strokes) it takes for the players to get the ball into the hole. Keep score to make it interesting. 

19. FLEAS

You’ll need several small balls such as maybe plastic balls, tennis balls, golf balls, or table tennis balls.

Place the balls on the parachute and challenge the players try to get the balls (fleas) to jump higher and higher. 

The fleas are eliminated and the game ends when they land outside the parachute.

20. POM POM

For this parachute games place different sized pom poms on the parachute and try to get them into the middle zone pocket.

For a harder challenge form teams with different colors of pom poms for each team. Challenge them to see which team gets the most of their colored pom poms into the middle pocket in an set time.

Parachute Songs

Adding song to your parachute games really adds to the fun, try these two examples, they’re both based on classic childhood rhymes.

 When the parachute goes up song.

A variation on the classic children’s tune  “If you’re happy and you know it” sing this song with the same beat and tempo.

When the parachute goes up
stomp your feet.
When the parachute goes up
stomp your feet.

When the parachute is high
and floats up in the sky.
When the parachute goes up
stomp your feet.

The name game song.

As the kids sing this song have them raise the parachute above their heads.
When a child’s name is called they then run under the parachute. The parachute is then lowered in an attempt to trap the child. Play until all kids have had a turn. Sing this song with the same tempo and beat as Row Row Row Your Boat.

Up, up, up it goes
Down, down, down it comes
If your name is——- (put in a child’s name)
Now’s your turn to run

The Benefits Of Parachute Play

Parachute games encourage a child’s overall mental and physical development making it an ideal choice for any early childhood program. The benefits are as follows
 

  • Encourages co-operation and teamwork 
  • Strengthens upper torso and bodies core
  • Non-competitive and promotes sharing
  • Different abilities are catered for
  • Help develop rhythm
  • Requires following instructions
  • Promotes social interaction
  • Language development

Playing with Parachutes and Safety. 

Always make sure that you check the ground underneath the chute. An outdoor environment on dry grass is the safest play surface for parachute games. Wet grass can be very slippery.

Always spread children, toddlers and adults evenly around the edge of the chute.

Before playing these parachute games make sure everyone knows the rules.F

Written by Jenny Harland

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