parachute activity

Crossing Over and Crossing Under
1. 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. .....
Air Conditioner
2. 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. .....
Mousetrap
3. 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 .....
Parachute Basketball
4. 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. .....
Parachute with Scooters
5. 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). .....
Colored Chute
6. Finally, with a colored chute, the students are matched up by color and when called they must climb up the mountain as it falls to the ground (the procedure is lift, pull down hard, kneel on chute, and others climb. .....
Freeze
7. Students make big waves while music is playing, and freeze when music stops. Variations while making big waves to music and then freezing jump up and down with both feet off the ground; jump on one foot; other foot; make big waves while holding parachute behind instead of in front; kick feet under chute one at a time to see if you can touch with your toe; one hand on chute and one hand behind your head; make waves back and forth instead of up an .....
Alligator
8. Students lay down on floor and pull parachute up to their chin. They must have their legs straight out under the chute and legs together. They pretend to be asleep with eyes closed. Teacher walks around and taps one student on the shoulder this student becomes the alligator. Alligator crawls quietly under parachute in order to eat other students. Alligator eats by quickly pulling the feet of another student. When a student is pulled under, they .....
Cat and Mouse
9. Students are all holding the parachute. Teacher walks around chute and taps every other student (you cant tap students standing next to one another or there wont be anyone left to hold the parachute youll get the students you miss the second time around). When you tap the students, alternate by telling the first student they are a mouse, the next they are a cat, the next they are a mouse, etc. until you have about three cats and three mice. Mice .....
Around the World
10. First, we are going to a rain forest in South America. Raise the chute up and leave it up until it comes down. While it is up, have 1s, 2s, etc. walk under the chute to a new spot. Next, take them to Antarctica. They must cross the ocean, so have them make waves. It was so cold down there we had to get inside an igloo. Have students raise the chute and sit inside of it. Next we went to Africa for some cave exploring. Have the students raise the c .....
Popcorn
11. Throw out small foam balls and have the students shake the chute, popping them up in the air. .....
Advanced Popcorn
12. Still using small foam balls or fleece balls, have students pop the popcorn through the hold in the middle of your parachute (if it is not covered) .....
Parachute Volleyball
13. Divide the class in half down the middle of the parachute. With foam balls on the parachute, have them try to flip the balls on to the other teams side. .....
Washing Machine
14. Have one student sit in the middle of the parachute with legs crossed. The rest of the students walk around him or her while holding the parachute. On your signal, students pull out on the parachute and it spins the person in the middle. .....
Cooperative Parachute
15. Put a small ball that will fit through the center hole of the chute on the chute. Class challenges 1. See if you can get the ball to roll around the chute number of times without it falling off or falling through. 2. See if you can get the ball through the center hole. .....
Birthday Celebration
16. We use if for a birthday celebration by putting the birthday child in the middle of the parachute and everyone is holding the chute with one hand and walks around until the chute gets smaller and then they pull the chute with both hands and the birthday child spins in the middle. We call out the months of the year for the birthdays and when it is your month you have to run across to the other side while the chute is lifted in the air. .....
Class Picture
17. Class picture Hold parachute with hands separated on chute. Kids lift up chute, take 3 steps in to middle and place the parachute behind their necks. They then carefully lower themselves to lie on their stomachs while bringing their hands together (with the chute of course) under their chins. If done properly, all you will see are little faces under the chute. Smile. .....
Space Ship
18. Lift up chute. Pull down together to the top of shoes. On Go, everyone should let go of the chute together. If done properly, the chute will hover off the ground like a space ship. .....
Number Chase
19. Number off students by five or whatever works for your size class. Students grip the parachute with their R hands and walk in a CW direction listening for their numbers to be called. Everyone with the number called will let go of the parachute and run forward around the chute until they get back to their original spots. The students holding the parachute continue to walk while the others run around. After all the numbers are called, switch to gri .....
Jaws
20. Choose two players to be the sharks, who position themselves under the middle of the parachute. On signal, standing players shake the parachute gently to create waves while the sharks move under the chute trying to gently touch/tag the leg of a standing player, at that point the two players change roles and the game continues on. .....
Parachute Fun
21. Have students evenly spaced around edge of chute. They roll the edge 2 3 rolls to make a handle and hold chute with knuckles up, palms down grip. Establish how players will take turns by color of stripe or mark at their place. Review signals. Ready Players touch parachute to their knees or waist Up Players straighten legs and lift chute overhead with elbows straight. Down Players bring chute back to knees or waist on signal. Slam the Door. Player .....
Merry go round
22. Players holding chute raise it up and down while some players run around on top of shaking chute for 15 20 seconds. Variation Inside players roll around. .....
Soccer
23. 3 6 players are on the chute with an earth ball or nerf balls. They attempt to kick ball off chute while players holding the chute block by raising the chute. Switch center players after 20 sec. .....
Climb the mountain
24. Players follow commands, Ready, Up, Down and seal the edge with their knees. Several players run up the mountain of air to the hole, turn around and run back down without falling down. Variations Several players exchange places across the mountain. Cross the mountain Several players exchange places across the mountain. Groundhog Several players go under the mountain and one by one crawl out the hole and run back to their places. Trolls Players .....
Worms
25. Several players go under the chute in their places and crawl on the grass toward the center. One by one they come our through the hole and crawl back to their places. .....
Crab Soccer
26. Players keep several balls moving across chute by kicking while seated or with bottoms lifted off the ground. When a ball gets stuck in front of a player he crab walks to ball and kicks. Variation 4 5 players are active and crab walk on parachute attempting to kick balls off. Outside players catch or trap balls. Rotate active players after 20 sec. .....
Marbles
27. A target ball is placed in the center. Balls are distributed to several outside players. Object is to hit the target ball and knock it to the outside. Players must keep their knees on the edge of chute. Time group with stopwatch so they can beat their time each round. .....
Candy Wrapper
28. Several players sit in the center of the chute. On signal others walk in 1 direction. Players inside get wrapped up like a Hershey kiss. When chute is as high as their shoulders outside players back up quickly. Chute unwinds and gives center players a spin. .....
Tug of war
29. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. Group adjacent players into teams. On signal Go all players pull chute and attempt to move it in their direction. .....
Big Wheel
30. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. All players hold chute with 1 hand and walk, run or stop on command. To stop they turn towards center, hold chute with both hands and bend knees. One player (or teacher) gives commands with this chant Big wheel, big wheel, go so slow players walk Big wheel, big wheel, go so fast players jog Big wheel, big wheel, step on the gas (players ru .....
Rhythms
31. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. To music or chant players side slide, skip, walk, and change directions. Alternate traveling with inflating chute and moving in 3 steps and back to places. To inflate chute start with chute touching bent knees. As players raise arms overhead they walk 3 steps toward center and look up at canopy. When chute deflates or on command they back .....
Overtake
32. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. On signal Go every other or every 4th player runs counter clockwise around the chute. Each player attempts to pass the player in front before arriving back to his place. Players pass on the outside. .....
Pass the Parachute
33. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. Players stand in their places and cooperate to keep the parachute moving around in the designated direction by reaching out with one hand and pulling chute towards them. Experienced class can change directions on signal. .....
Elevator
34. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. Players stand in their places and hold chute with straight arms. One player gives commands 1st floor players squat 2nd floor players half squat 3rd floor players stand on feet 4th floor players stand on balls of feet. Commands may be given in any order. Players cooperate to support each other so no one loses their balance. .....
Basket
35. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. Get ball into center hole. Players may discover that raising and lowering chute is more effective than shaking. Challenge class to make a basket in less time each attempt. .....
Colors Ahead
36. Chute Flat in the Air. Players hold the rolled edge of chute waist high with enough tension to keep it flat. All players hold chute with one hand and walk forward. When teacher calls Reds Ahead! all players holding red spot leave their place and jog to the next red place. Meanwhile other players continue walking. .....
Under the umbrella
37. As players lift chute overhead they walk in 3 steps. Several players are chosen to let go and move under the chute. Remaining players bring edge of chute to ground to hide the animals or put birds in a cage. On signal they lift chute to let the creatures escape. Take turns. .....
Exchange
38. As players lift chute overhead a color group is called to exchange places under chute. Leader counts down 5 4 3 2 1 Knees! or Slam the Door! .....
Scat in And out And all about
39. Players inflate chute. One color group is invited to run in And out all the windows. When chute deflates that group runs out and around chute to return to their places. When all are out, players holding chute bring edge down to their waist. .....
Ghosts
40. Before inflating chute, teacher chooses several players to be ghosts. As players inflate chute the ghosts go under. Other players back up 5 steps away from edge and kneel. Ghosts jump, shriek, moan, howl, and flap arms under chute. .....
Jingle Bells
41. Music Jingle Bells One large parachute for the whole class. Jingle Bells...Shake the parachute Dashing through the snow...walk, skip, and gallop around the parachute, whatever way the teacher chooses. You can modify this for different grade levels. Its easy and the kids love it. Move the way the music makes you feel. The song is also OK for those students that do not celebrate Christmas. I have also used those wiffle balls with bells in them and .....
Solid Liquid and Gas
42. Procedure 4 6 kids sitting in the middle. They are the solid. The remainder of the kids is the energy. 1. The energy walks around the solid molecules, and the parachute is twisting around the solid (safety, make certain the parachute stays low on their bottoms) 2. The energy pulls back on the parachute turning the solid into liquid. 3. The energy shakes the parachute and the liquid molecules turn to gas molecules and the gas molecules run around .....
Parachute Gymnastics
43. During our gymnastics unit, we put all of our available mats in a rectangle or square and then pull out the parachute. After lifting the parachute up nice and high, we take turns doing a roll in towards the center and a roll out towards the edge. It is one of our favorite parachute activities. It is possible to do a 2 person or 3 person balance as well creating a mini pyramid. .....
Hot Potato
44. Make a mountain turn and sit down with back to the mountain and pass a ball around the chute when the center part hits the floor or a certain amount of time blow whistle and whoever has a ball gets a point against themselves. Usually start with 3 5 balls. The object is to see who has the least amount of points. .....
Igloo
45. My kids like to sit under the parachute (Igloo) and sings songs. We also like to put just our heads under and see if we can all take turns saying our names, favorite hobby, favorite food, etc. before the center of the parachute touches the floor. .....
Basket of Heads
46. Begin with parachute on the ground. 1 2 3 up and inflate chute on signal, go down onto knees lie down tuck only head under chute (hands hold onto chute as if a scarf is tied around head) let the chuckles begin! .....
Ghostbusters
47. The old popping popcorn. I took mini white pillow cases (homemade) magic marker ghost eyes on them fill with balloon of soft ball (7 size) tie with rubber band play Ghostbusters music and pop the ghosts on the parachute. .....
Volcano
48. Begin with parachute on ground. Several (4 5) gator balls (or ghosts) on chute. 1 2 3 up and inflate chute. Just before chute is inflated, quickly say down and students bring chute down watch the balls flip and fly to the ceiling. .....
Hair dryer
49. Off students 1 5 around the chute. Call one number, those students enter the chute underneath as it is raised and sit down in the center of the chute. As the chute lowers, the outside students make waves. Try to keep chute tight over their heads. On signal, raise the chute and watch the students who are sitting under the chute hair rise. It is hilarious. Dont try this if we have had any reports of head mites. .....
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