There are so many games for kids to play with a parachute. And it’s no wonder why! It’s an unusual toy that floats magically in the air, changes the colors of light passing through it, and gets kids working together for cooperative play. Read on for fun Parachute games or invite your kids to invent their own!
What size Parachute do I need? When you shop for a parachute, make sure you are getting one with a diameter appropriate for the number of children who will be using it. Families with a few children can get away with a smaller parachute that is 3-5 feet in diameter, while school groups may want to opt for a Parachute that is 20 or 30 feet in diameter.
Pay attention to the number of handles when you are shopping for a Parachute, kids need to hold on with one hand and younger kids with less developed motor skills need to use both hands to hold on.
What if I don’t have a Parachute? You can substitute a flat, king or queen bed sheet or lightweight blanket for a Parachute, but for Parachute Games like Popcorn, kids may have trouble holding on to bedding and a Parachute with handles is a better option.
How to play the Popcorn Parachute Game:
How to play the Under the Sea Parachute Game:
How to play a game of catch with multiple Parachutes:
A fun STEM skill-building twist: Ask kids to predict how balls and toys of different weights will behave within the Parachute. It’s an early lesson in mass and gravity!
What do kids learn from the Parachute Game? Working as a group towards a common goal is a valuable life skill that children learn from games, including the Parachute Game. Not only does each player have to literally hold up their end of the play, but they also have to communicate effectively and coordinate their movements to compliment that of neighboring players. Kids also build gross locomotor skills during play with a Parachute and develop hand-eye coordination. Kids will use a bunch of muscles as they test the effect of different movements on the movement of the Parachute.