One of my daughter’s favorite toys is her parachute. We have played so many parachute games, they keep her so busy and entertained. Parachute games can help kids with social skills, coordination, and fine motor skills. It is great for a single child or a large group of kids.
These are a few games that we love to play. I got some of these ideas from her Gymboree class. You can do so many things with a parachute, you are only limited to your imagination.
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Parachute Ride: Have the kids sit in the middle of the parachute with the adults on the outside. Roll up the sides of the parachute until it is taught. Then walk around in a circle so the kids can “ride”. It is fun to sing a little song like “Ring around the Rosy”.
Make Waves: Sit around the edge of the parachute and grab the handles. Shake the parachute to make “waves”. You can do them really fast and then really slow.
Popcorn: Place some soft balls or toys in the middle of the parachute and shake the sides to watch them pop up and down.
Ball Roll: Have everyone sit in a circle and place a ball in the middle. Try to keep the ball going in a circle by lifting up the parachute when it gets close and then lowering the parachute once it passes you.
Loud/Quiet: Shake the parachute really loud and scream “loud, loud, loud”. Then shake the parachute really softly and whisper “quiet, quiet, quiet”.
Parachute House: Raise the parachute high above your head and take two steps in. Quickly pull the parachute behind you to trap all of the air and you have a little parachute house. You can sing songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle”.
Red Rover: Raise the parachute above your head and call out two kid’s names. They have to run and switch places before the parachute comes back down.
Ball in the Middle: Lay the parachute flat on the ground. Have kids roll balls so that it gets in the circle in the middle of the parachute. Whoever gets the closest wins!
Ring Around the Rosy: Have the kids hold the edges of the parachute and walk in a circle singing “Ring Around the Rosy”. They can pull the parachute over their heads when they “fall down”.
Tickle your Toes: Have the kids lay on their backs with their toes in the air. Bring the parachute up and down so it tickles their toes.
Soft Landing: Take an inflated inner tube and put the waded up parachute in the center. Have kids hold your hand and jump off a small chair or bean bag chair into the center of the inner tube.
These are just a few of the parachute games I play with my daughter. She has such a blast and the parachute was worth every penny. I really see her imagination working and we both get a workout 🙂 .
If you are looking for more ways to keep your kids entertained, Check out 101 Kids Activities for some really fun ideas.