All you need is a parachute, which is available with many suppliers at cheap rates, and a large space to house the kids and adults while playing. Find a parachute which is divided into colored sections. The kids can easily called in for the games, like calling out for the 'red people' or the 'blue people' is easier, when there are so many children around.
Parachutes made of flame retardant nylon material are available in a number of sizes, usually 2, 3, 4, or 6 meters in diameter. Here is a list of some fun games, which will ensure that the children are entertained for hours
5 Fun Parachute Games for Children
Cat and Mouse
Ask the children to hold the chute, stretched out at about waist height. Choose someone as the mouse and ask him to go underneath the canopy while someone else becomes a cat and goes on top.
This activity involves getting the kids to spread the parachute out and hold the edge while standing in a circle. Pull the parachute taut and on the magic word, 'Mushroom!', pull the parachute upwards. To fill the parachute with air and make it rise up like a giant mushroom, get everyone to take a couple of paces towards the center as the parachute rises.
The kids are made to sit on the ground with their legs stretched out under the canopy and the canopy held at chest height. A kid be the shark and crawls under the canopy, grabbing the legs of anyone around and pulling him/her under the canopy. All victims who get their legs grabbed, become 'sharks'. Watch out for the blood-curdling screams in this game!
Merry Go Round
Holding the chute in one hand, turn your body, and walk, hip, skip, or jump around with the chute in hand. It makes a great merry-go-round.
Place several items like balls, rope, frisbees, or anything else, under the parachute. Let the kids make a rhythmic heartbeat with the parachute, by moving it in a wave. On order, one of the players dives under the parachute and grabs an item before the parachute comes down on them. Once it touches the players, they must put the item back for the next round.
Once you are done, hold the center of the parachute in your hand, twist it into a rope, and stuff it in its bag. Unique about parachute games, is that these games require co-operation and team spirit. In addition, these games can mold a group together before moving into other projects and is a wonderful means of exercise, social movement, and interaction.
Although parachute games are simple and fun, try to avoid dangerous games that involve bouncing the players on taut parachutes. They could easily be bounced on hard ground as soon as the chute is slackened. Just try out these great parachute activities, to create unforgettable experiences and more importantly, to have FUN!