rules to play parachuting
. Place a number of beanbags, small balls, or cottonballs onto the parachute. Shake to make them pop up like popcorn.
. Have the children try to roll the balls into the hole in the middle of the parachute. (Or have children try to keep the balls from going into the hole in the center.)
. Children can make small, medium, or large movements to make various types of waves. You can incorporate a story about a ship on the sea, weather, etc. And/or use your voice as a tool to emphasize directives.
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. For variety, children can hop, skip, jump, etc. You can stop music as a cue to reverse and go the other direction.
. Place three or four jump ropes onto the chute. Shake the parachute to keep the snakes from biting (touching) you.
. Lift the parachute high into the air. Call out two childrens names. They must trade empty spots by running under the chute, before it comes down on them.
. 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.
. Children put their hands up, one after another, in order creating a synchronized wave like in the stands at a baseball game.
. Try to keep a ball rolling only along the outer edge of the parachute around the circle. As it comes toward you, cooperatively lower your edge. Just past you, raise it.
. The Teacher calls out birthday months, pre assigned numbers, colors, etc, and those children swap places under the chute before it falls, and run to an empty space.
. Everyone sits with legs stretched out underneath the chute, which is held chest high. One or two children are the sharks and crawl around under the parachute and try to grab peoples legs to pull them under the chute. The captured is now the shark.
See Saw Pull
. From a sitting position, have children pull the parachute back and forth in a cooperative see saw motion.
. Count off. All of a selected number take off one shoe and throw it in the middle. On the count of three, raise the chute, and the designated children have to run under and find their shoe before the chute comes down.
. Have one or two children under the chute trying to hit the balls as they touch the surface, knocking them off the parachute (from underneath.)
. All take one step forward upon lifting the chute in the air. Upon command, all let go, and watch as it slowly floats.
Ball in the Bucket
. Break into two or more teams. Each team will have a different colored ball (or balls.) They will try to keep their color ball from going into the middle circle, while trying to get the other teams color of ball(s) into the hole.
. The parachute becomes a giant turtle shell with everyone underneath it on hands and knees. Everyone must cooperate and work together to get the turtle to move about.
Beach Ball Fun
. Use a beach ball, moving it with waves, around on the parachute.
. Split into two sides of the parachute. One side tries to knock the ball off of the other side (half of chute), right past the other team.
. Squat down with parachute flat on the ground. On the count of three, stand up and stretch arms above head, creating a canopy.
. Have the children take turns running on the parachute as it lies on the ground, while the other children make waves. See how long the children can manoeuvre on the waves before falling down. The length of turns can be determined by songs that the children choose to sing (i.e. everyones turn lasts the length of one song).
. These White Parachutes can be decorated with markers or paint. Once decorated, use the colored parachute for games such as the Mushroom, Umbrella and more. Constructed of white rip stop nylon. Each parachute comes with a carrying bag.
Neon Nylon Play
. The definition of durable! The Ultra Rip Stop Neon Nylon Parachutes are ready to take on all the pulling and twisting your kids can dish out. Built to last in bright neon colors. Alternating colored fabrics are double stitched together, with a mesh center circle for billowing parachute play and resilient nylon webbing material stitched around the perimeter on which the handles are secured. Each parachute includes a nylon drawstring bag for easy s