I don’t think I have ever met a child, or an adult for that matter, who can resist a parachute. Parachute play is good physical fun which builds on personal, social and emotional development.
- To build on the phonetic skills needed for later reading ,‘move to the sound’ is a fun game to play, it’s very simple, play various types of music and encourage the children to lift the parachute up and down in time to the music.
- To develop team work, get the children to lift the parachute up and down allowing each child to take it in turns to run under without the parachute touching them. The children holding the parachute must attempt to stop it from touching the person running underneath.
- Throw soft balls onto the parachute and work as a team to stop them from falling through the whole in the middle. Add mathematical development to this by asking the children to time themselves.
- Throw bean bags onto the parachute and count how many times you can lift the parachute without them dropping off, you can also do this with skipping ropes.
- Place a beach ball on top of the parachute and work as a team to lift the parachute one after another to see how many cycles the ball can do before it falls off course.
Don’t forget that parachute games are great for both indoors and outdoors. You can also develop your own the games with the children’s interests in mind.
This activity covers the following Early Learning Goals
ELG 04 – Moving and Handling – Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
ELG 07 – Managing Feelings and Behaviour – They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow rules
ELG 08 – Making Relationships – Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others.
ELG 11 – Numbers – Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20
This post was written by Laura England of Little Miss Early Years
Laura is the lead practitioner at Blythe Bridge Day Nursery, she is currently a trainee early years’ teacher and has a monthly column in Teach Early Years Magazine. She is interested in everything early years but is passionate about teaching through the children’s interests, setting up enabling environments and the adults role during play.