Parachute playtime

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By Stephanie HallMarketing Manager at Hope Education

Do your PE sessions need a bit of a lift? Stephanie Hall comes to the rescue!

One of the most unusual but exciting resources you can introduce into a playground is a parachute. Parachute games can be used to encourage cooperative, non-competitive play, as well as reinforce turn-taking and sharing. Games can be highly imaginative and creative, which means they can be a lot of fun.

To help combat any fears and illustrate some active but controlled parachute activities, Hope Education, the UK’s leading value educational resources supplier, held a parachute activity day with a group of Key Stage 1 children from Tameside.

Parachute playtime

Mushroom!

Aim

Children will learn to become aware of others within the working area. The activity encourages cooperation and awareness of others. Children will use their gross and fine motor skills throughout the activity.

You will need: parachute; open space.

Activity

The children were asked to spread out evenly around the parachute, crouching down and pulling the edges tight. When the teacher shouted ‘Mushroom!’ everyone stood up quickly, pulling the parachute up above their heads and making the shape of a mushroom.

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