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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Parachute play is a great way to promote teamwork and to get those large muscles moving.

The children gather around the parachute and hold on to one of the parachute handles.  There are more children then there are handles on the parachute so the children who are not holding a handle become the ball fetchers.

The balls are all placed in the center of the parachute and then the children begin to wave their arms up and down causing the balls to pop up and off of the parachute.  The balls are very light weight so they pop up very easily.

One game I like to play with the parachute is called the popcorn game. When all the balls are in the middle, the children say together, "Pop, Pop, Popcorn!" The children lift their arms up high whey they say word "popcorn" and then bring their arms back down. Repeat the activity again.

Circle games are also fun to play with the parachute. All the children hold onto the edges of the parachute and then play "Ring Around the Rosie."

When planning your lesson plans, don't forget to give your students plenty of Large Motor activities to master. Children who are in full time childcare really need teachers to spend the time helping them practice such skills as skipping, jumping, marching, balancing, running, stretching, and more.

Other resources you may like:

Parachute Play PDF
Benefits of Parachute Play
Music for Parachute Play
Good book for Parachute Play


Let the Children Play said...

Thanks for these ideas and the links Deborah. We have a parachute but I hardly ever use it because I only have a few games up my sleeve. I needed help!

Barbra The Bloggess said...

I love the popcorn game! I use the parachute at least once a week. It really does bring us all together. I will definately add this one into our routine!
Thanks Deborah!

Elise said...

My childen love the parachute when it comes out at their weekly music class. They get to lie underneath it while they sing a beautiful song about the parachute going up and down and all of the colours they see.

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