Friday, January 26, 2018

Parachute fun!

Parachute games for preschoolers channel energy in creative ways. They help little ones focus on rhythm, as they are learning how to move as a group, and they aid in listening skills. Parachute games indoors or outdoors help to build social interaction, as children must work together in order to make the parachute move, and they motivate kids to take turns. Gross motor skills are also put into play when small arms stretch high and low, strengthening the upper torso.

Here is a list of some of our favorite parachute games:

  • Popcorn: Place a number of beanbags, small balls, or cottonballs onto the parachute. Shake to make them pop up like "popcorn".

  • Ball Roll: Have the kiddos try to roll the balls into the hole in the middle of the parachute. (Or have them try to keep the balls from going into the hole in the center.)

  • Making Waves: Kids 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. &/or use your voice as a tool to emphasize directives.

  • Merry-Go-Round: Children turn their bodies sideways and hold the parachute with one hand. They then walk around in a circle, making a "Merry-Go-Round." For variety, they can hop, skip, jump, etc. You can stop music as a cue to reverse and go the other direction. 

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