Inside: These parachute games are guaranteed to keep toddlers moving! They can focus on rhythm and listening skills while working together to move the parachute in different ways. A fun gross motor activity!
We love music and movement with our toddlers! We all know how energetic these little people can be.
Parachute games for toddlers channels that energy in creative ways. They are focusing on the rhythm, they are learning how to move with a group of children, and they are learning how to listen.
Have you noticed as soon as you take out the parachute you are surrounded by happy children? Yep, so have we!
Make sure to scroll down to read about the benefits of parachute play, too!
Using Parachute Games with Toddlers
First, let’s look at all the benefits parachute games have:
- Builds social interaction
- Develops a sense of rhythm
- Builds language skills
- Encourages taking turns
- Strengthens the upper torso
Introducing the parachute:
The first time we introduce the parachute to our toddlers, we show them how to hold onto the handles.
We then work on moving the parachute up and down.
This takes great concentration as they reach up high and then down low, all the while hanging onto the handles.
And then, some go under the parachute while the others continue to move it up and down.
The parachute is also fun to ride on. Especially when one of the toddlers helps a teacher pull it.
The parachute can also act as a tent. Toddlers love to hide inside it!
And don’t forget to turn it into a tunnel. Our toddlers drove through our parachute tunnel with their Plasma Cars.
But there are also some parachute games that are not only fun, but build skills, too!
Fun Parachute Games that Keep Toddlers Moving
Around the World (Teach Preschool)
Tossing the Ball Up and Down (Flights of Whimsey)
Teddy Bear Hibernation Game (Mommy and Me Book Club)
Indoor Blizzard with the Parachute (So Tomorrow)
Sleeping Bunnies on the Parachute (So Tomorrow)
Up, Up, Up (We Can Do All Things)
Be a Growing Seed (Preschool Powol Packets)
Washing Machine (Nurturestore)
Leaves are Falling (Storytime ABC’s)
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – and More Ideas (So Tomorrow)
Outdoor Fall Parachute Play (Teach Preschool)
Winter Parachute Play (Catch the Possibilities)
Some Simple Parachute Play Ideas (PreK and K Sharing)
Musical Parachute Games (Hub Pages)
Make Your Own Parachute (And Next Comes L)
Use a Sheet as a Parachute (Peaceful Parenting)
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