Parachute play in preschool

Looking to build community in your classroom? Give parachute play a try!

Working Together with Parachute Play

Parachute play is a great way to promote teamwork and to get those large muscles moving.

The children gather around the parachute and hold on to one of the parachute handles.  If there are more children then there are handles on the parachute, the children who are not holding a handle become the ball fetchers.

The balls are all placed in the center of the parachute and then the children begin to wave their arms up and down causing the balls to pop up and off of the parachute.  The balls are very light weight so they pop up very easily.

The Popcorn Game

One game I like to play with the parachute is called the popcorn game. When all the balls are in the middle, the children say together, “Pop, Pop, Popcorn!” The children lift their arms up high whey they say word “popcorn” and then bring their arms back down. Repeat the activity again.

Circle games

Circle games are also a fun way to use the parachute. All the children hold onto the edges of the parachute and then play “Ring Around the Rosie.”

Other Ways to Build Large Motor Skills

When planning your lesson plans, don’t forget to give your students plenty of large motor (also referred to as gross motor) activities to master. Children who are in full time childcare really need teachers to spend the time helping them practice such skills as skipping, jumping, marching, balancing, running, stretching, and more.

By |2018-12-11T13:26:56+00:00May 23rd, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Vanessa May 24, 2010 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I am so glad you posted this! My mother-in-law has been giving me some tips from when she did preschool years ago and she said that helping the kids develop their large motor skills was so important in order for all other learning to take place. Yesterday I put a parachute I wanted in my amazon basket!
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Outdoor Education =-.

    • Deborah J. Stewart May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am - Reply

      That’s awesome Vanessa! I have tried using and old sheet as a parachute as well. It works okay but the real parachutes are better:)

  2. Danny May 24, 2010 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Fresh idea from you, Deborah. Thx for sharing. 🙂
    .-= Danny´s last blog ..108 =-.

  3. Shelley May 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I just found your blog and I really enjoy it! I especially love your lesson plan templates. I was wondering where I could find a completed sample infant lesson plan?

    Thank you!

  4. JDaniel4's Mom June 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I will have to try this with my son. It looks like so much fun.

  5. Sherry and Donna June 3, 2010 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Our children love our parachute too. Thanks for sharing this post Deborah!
    Donna 🙂 🙂
    .-= Sherry and Donna´s last blog ..‘cubby’ fun =-.

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