Play some parachute games
This is a simple exercise to get the children used to the
parachute. All the children are asked to bend down and take
hold of the parachute. When the leader calls â€˜upâ€™ the children
lift the parachute up as high as they can â€“ making a mushroom
shape. Pulling the parachute down creates a refreshing wind
and enables you to repeat the exercise again. Another version
of this exercise is to ask the children to lift the parachute high
in the air and then walk in towards the centre.
This is a good warm-up game whereby the children have to run underneath from one side of the
parachute to the other whilst all the other children lift it up to make a mushroom shape and then pull it
down in order to trap those running underneath
You can use beanbags for this game but small coloured
balls work best and are fun to watch. I like to use small
plastic balls and select three different colours, but you
could use two different colours if you like. Children
can then be divided into two teams on either side of the
parachute or boys against girls and one colour will
obviously represent each team. I have used three
different coloured balls and say that the red ones are for
the boys, the blue for the girls and the purple for those
who donâ€™t know if they are a boy or a girl!
All the children stand around the parachute holding it tight and then making large waves. Throw the
balls onto the parachute and watch them fly off in all directions.
The team that bounces off their colour balls first wins.