Parachute games

 

Mushroom

  • All students stand around the edge of the parachute, holding onto the edge tightly
  • All students lift their arms, billowing up the parachute
  • After arms have been lifted up high, pull them down to the floor (so students end up in a crouched position
  • Repeat

 

Mushroom Swap

  • All students perform the mushroom continuously
  • You call out 2 (or more) student names as the parachute rises
  • They have to swap places by running under the parachute

 

Mexican Wave

  • All students stand in a circle around the parachute
  • Point to one student who raises their hands up high, followed by the student on their right (who lifts their arms as the other lowers theirs)
  • Continue this, going round the circle

 

Roller Ball

  • Perform the Mexican Wave as outlined above
  • Place a foam ball onto the parachute
  • The students attempt to keep the ball rolling around the parachute as they perform the wave

 

Popcorn

  • All students stand or sit around the parachute pulling it taut
  • Place as many foam balls or beanbags onto the parachute as possible
  • When you say “GO”, they shake the parachute as fast and hard as they can to shake off the ‘popcorn’
  • Variation 1:
  • Divide the class into 2 teams (at opposite ends of the parachute)
  • One team is trying to shake the ‘popcorn’ off the parachute, while the other team is trying to keep it on
  • Variation 2:
  • 2 students go under the parachute and attempt to push all the ‘popcorn’ off the parachute, while the students around the edge try to keep the ‘popcorn’ on the parachute
  • Variation 3:
  • 2 students (‘helpers’) stand away from the parachute
  • the students holding the parachute try to toss the ‘popcorn’ off, while the ‘helpers’ run around the parachute picking up the ‘popcorn’ and throwing it back on the parachute

 

Cat and Mouse

  • All students sit around the parachute with their legs underneath
  • Choose one student to be the mouse – they go under the parachute
  • Choose another student to be the cat – they go on top of the parachute (take shoes off first)
  • All students around the parachute shake it to help disguise the whereabouts of the mouse
  • The cat tries to catch the mouse while they scuttle underneath the parachute
  • You can increase the numbers of cats and mice depending on the size of your class

 

Hotdog, Mustard and Ketchup

  • All students stand around the parachute making waves
  • You walk around the students and label each ‘hotdog’, ‘mustard’ or ‘ketchup’
  • Call out one of the above names – all the students with that label run around the outside of the parachute in a clockwise direction, returning to their original position

 

Pancake Toss

  • All students stand holding the parachute
  • Place a hula hoop onto the parachute
  • Students make waves, trying to flip the hula hoop (and keep it on the parachute)

 

Sharks

  • All students sit around the parachute with their legs straight and underneath the parachute
  • Choose 2 students to be ‘sharks’ – they go underneath the parachute
  • All students make waves (without peaking under the parachute)
  • The sharks pull 2 students under the parachute and swap places with them

 

I Can See

  • All students stand holding the parachute
  • Make 3 mushrooms – on the third one, place the parachute over their heads and sit on the floor inside the parachute (do not let go of the parachute)

 

The Fan

  • One or more students lie face up on the floor underneath the parachute (heads in the middle underneath the hole)
  • The rest of the class mushroom the parachute up and down

 

See-Saw Pull

  • Children sit at either end of the parachute with their feet underneath
  • They take turns pulling the parachute back and forth in a ‘see-saw’ motion

 

Flying Saucer

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • They perform several mushrooms
  • On your command, they all let go of the parachute and let it float down
  • Variation: after letting go of the parachute, the children all lie down where they are (heads towards centre) and let the parachute float down onto them

 

Ocean Winds

  • The parachute is an imaginary ocean
  • Children stand around the parachute
  • When you call out “SLIGHT BREEZE”, the children make small waves
  • When you call out “HIGH WIND”, the children start making mushrooms
  • When you call out “ICE”, the children pull the sheet tight
  • You can add balls to the game representing boats

 

Chute Ball

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Place a ball in the centre of the parachute
  • Children pull the parachute upwards and outwards, trying to throw the ball as high as possible

 

Chute Golf

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Place 1 to 5 balls on top of the parachute
  • The children try to roll the balls into the hole at the centre of the parachute

 

Ball in the Bucket

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Divide the class into 2 teams
  • Place 2 balls (different colours) onto the parachute – allocate a ball to each team
  • Each team tries to shake its ball into the centre hole and keep the other team from getting theirs in

 

Chute Volleyball

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Divide the class into 2 teams
  • Throw a ball onto the parachute
  • The two teams try to toss the ball over the other team’s die of the chute

 

Treasure Hunt

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Place quoits, balls, beanbags, hoops, or any other item under the parachute (the ‘treasure’)
  • The children make waves with the parachute
  • Choose students to be ‘divers’ – they have to go under the parachute and retrieve the treasure one item at a time
  • Change the ‘divers’ at regular intervals

 

Make Waves

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Choose one or two students to lie down in the centre of the parachute
  • All other students make waves

 

Chute Lift

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • 1 to 4 students life on top of the parachute with their feet to the centre
  • All other students lifts up the sides of the parachute and sways them gently

 

One-Hand Run

  • Children stand around the parachute holding it with one hand (so they are all facing the same direction)
  • On your command, they pull the parachute taut and start running
  • On your command, they stop, change hands, and run in the other direction

 

Merry Go Round

  • This game is performed in the same way as One-hand Run, except one or two students lie on top of the parachute

 

Running Number Game

  • Number the students 1 to 5
  • This game is performed in the same way as One-Hand Run
  • When you call out a number, students with that number let go of the parachute and run forwards to the next free space

 

Slalom

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Number the students 1 to 3
  • When you call out a number, students with that number let go of the parachute and run in and out of those students still holding the parachute until the parachute lands on them
  • Make sure they all run in the same direction

 

Rubbish Relay

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Place several beanbags (4 different colours) under the parachute and 4 cones 9same 4 colours) at the other end of the hall
  • Number the students 1 to 4 – make sure they know who else is in their team
  • Allocate a colour to each team
  • All students start making waves
  • On your command, the first student in each team crawls under the parachute and retrieves one of their beanbags, crawls back out, and runs to place the bean bag behind the correct cone
  • The next team member can only go once the one before them has grabbed the parachute

 

Snake Bite

  • Children stand around the parachute
  • Place 1 or 2 ropes on top of the parachute
  • Students make waves and try to get the snakes to ‘bite’ the other students
  • Once bitten, a student has to run clockwise around the parachute before returning to their space and the game