Parachutes are a lot of fun for both children and adults to share learning.
1. Crossing Over and Crossing Under
The kids kneel and make hard, fast waves, then when you call out the numbers the kids crawl ON the parachute instead of run under it. Another might be using the same numbering off and go under the chute (regular inside the mountain directions), call the number or whatever and those students go into the center and make statues (you can ask for different levels or whatever) then come back and call another group, etc.
2. Air Conditioner
Kids stand around the chute number them off. When you call a number, that group crawls under the parachute, lies down on their backs with feet crossed and hands covering eyes. Kids still around chute make fast waves to cool them off. Nice activity for the end of a lesson.
Kids stand around parachute and hold it high above their heads (a very taut parachute is needed so have the kids take an extra step or two backwards). Number off the kids. When a number is called, those students become the mice. They must crawl under the parachute, trying to crawl out between the students still holding the chute and back under the chute as many times as they can. When you blow the whistle, students still holding the chute pull it quickly to the ground to see how many mice they can trap.
4. Parachute Basketball
Place two old bike tires on the parachute along with two different colored balls. Each team will try to make a basket with their ball in one of the tires. Of course, they will be flipping the chute in the process.
5. Parachute with Scooters
Another favorite is to place scooters under the parachute (4 5) and call a number. They will try to get on the scooter and get out before the chute lands on them (practice bubble lifts first).
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