I’ve just bought this fantastic play parachute. I bought a 3 m one as I think it’s really big enough for small children. Ideal for doing circle activities and songs with children from ages 2-6. I’ll be posting some parachute games shortly.
Children tend to get very excited as soon as they see the parachute and want to jump on it, wriggle under it, pull it, stretch it and everything else imaginable. Once they start it’s very difficult to regain any classroom control so one initial sanity saver tip I would like to share with you before you bring out the parachute in class, is to practice the “HOLD and DROP” rule . “HOLD” get the children to hold hands. “DROP” – encourage the children to immediately drop their hands and wiggle their hands and fingers in front of their bodies. Practice these movements a few times and only subsequently introduce the parachute. “HOLD” – everyone holds onto the parachute. “DROP” – everyone drops it instantly. This enables the teacher to put away the parachute at the end of each activitiy with the children acting calmly.