Parachute Activity Ideas
Providing parachute games for our toddlers is a wonderful way to blend music and group interaction. Children can have fun learning how it moves up, down, and around; they can also have the opportunity to go under and on top.
Benefits of parachute play:
- Builds social interaction
- Develops a sense of rhythm
- Builds language skills
- Encourages taking turns
- Strengthens the upper torso
- Complete the actions to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" clap your hands, stamp your feet, shake the chute, turn around (while holding the chute), pass the chute (to your neighbor), pull it high (above your head).
- Complete the actions to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus" the wheels on the bus go round and round (pass the chute or walk in a circle, if standing), doors on the bus go open and shut (pull chute forward and backward), the wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish (shake the chute), the babies on the bus go waaa, waaa, waaa (use the chute as a handkerchief), the horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep (pretend the chute is a horn and beep it!)
- Shark Attack: Have the kids sit with their feet under the chute. Crawl under (either parent or child and take turns doing this) and pretend to be a shark biting their toes. Have them yell out "SHARK ATTACK!" For extra fun, play the "Jaws" theme in the background.
- Place almost any light object (stuffed animals, foam balls, leaves, rubber insects etc.) on top of the parachute and encourage children to shake until all the items have fallen off (the more items the more work). Once all the items are on the ground, have the children race to hide the objects under the parachute – children can then take turns retrieving the hidden items under the parachute while the rest of the children shake and move right to left or left to right in a circular motion.
Toys for this Activity
The following toys for this activity are available at our Toy Lending Library. Visit StettlerConnects.com for more information.
30' parachute with handles. Great cooperative group play and body movement.