Classroom or family Parachute Giveaway

Parachute Giveaway

Classroom or Family Parachute Giveaway

Few items require the teamwork of a parachute, and even fewer are as fun to use.  I have searched and studied reviews and have chosen a 10' parachute for one of our lucky readers. 

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Teamwork through Gross Movement

Parachutes are so fun!  Children love the bright colors and the opportunity to participate in an activity circle.  In fact, one of the biggest issues a teacher will have is not getting children to participate, but to maintain order as children become a little too excited.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to teach the kids a poem or song before bringing out the parachute, as the kids will be distracted by the desire to play once they have the parachute in their hands.

There are a myriad of games one can play with a parachute, but since this IS a music website, I will be focusing on poetry and singing games.

One poem my children are very familiar with comes from Sparkabilities, a video series for babies that we enjoy, so I adapted it for the parachute.  In the original, the parent moves a baby's limbs according to the actions.  We had to say the poem very slowly to be able to use it with the parachute, but they didn't mind.

"Up and Down, Up and Down,
Up and down and up!
In and out, in and out,
In and out and in! (take a step inward then outward)
Switch, switch, switch, switch,
Switch, switch, switch. (move hands up and down quickly.  If holding two handles, switch hands up and down, creating a jiggling motion.)
And around, and around, (move in a circle)
Other way, other way. (change directions)

Using a Parachute to teach music

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Not only is parachute play great for encouraging teamwork and physical movement, but they're great for learning music as well!  Things like steady beat and performing on cue are taught, but I find it most valuable as an overarching sense of musicality is internalized as children sing and dance together.

The two singing games I played with my children yesterday were "Ring around the Rosies" and "London Bridge".  "Ring around the "Rosies" is pretty self-explanatory.  Sing and dance in a circle, and pull the parachute down to the floor when you all fall down.  The video below adds a second verse, "Cows are in the meadows eating buttercups.  Ashes, ashes, we all stand up."  Children pretend to eat buttercups and then pull the parachute up at the end of the verse, preparing them to sing again.

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For London Bridge, we pulled the parachute up and down during the first verse.  When we got to "Take the key and lock her up", we invited one child to sit in the middle and experience the parachute going up and down over them as the rest of us continued to move the parachute up and down.  We could have continued with the rest of the verses, but my kids only really know the first two so we simply sang the 2nd verse multiple times in a row until everyone who wanted a turn had the opportunity.

Don't stop there!  There are dozens and dozens of singing songs and games to choose from.  I've found a video to get you started, as well as a few websites that may be of interest.

Parachute Play with Babies and Toddlers

Musical Parachute Play​

Pinterest Ideas​

Notes and Observations

Parachutes come in many different sizes.  The smallest ones are about 6-feet and are best for small preschool groups.  I have seen them as big as 20-feet, which is best for very large groups of children.  The one I selected is 10-feet, which to me "just right".  Baby bear would agree.  I've wanted to get a parachute for a long time and our family is finally getting big enough that I can enjoy parachute play with my children alone.  But even without 5 kids in tow, this is a good size for a play-date or extended family get-together.  It is also large enough for small preschool groups or classroom rotation.  There are 12 handles, but more children can play along by grabbing a spot in between, or by taking turns running under the parachute while others do the not-so-heavy lifting.

There were several 12-foot parachutes on Amazon, but they didn't have as good reviews as the 10-foot one, and I was impressed by the quality when it arrived yesterday, so I am happy with our choice and feel confident that our giveaway winner will be happy too.  Good luck!

Enter the giveaway and learn more below.  We will be purchasing the prize for the winner.

Find out more about the 10' parachute the winner will receive on Amazon.  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight, April 15th.  Winner gets (1) parachute.

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Discussion 57 comments

Sarah Hollifield - April 8, 2016 Reply

I played with a parachute in grammar school back in the 60’s I would love to play again with all my grand daughters

lissa crane - April 8, 2016 Reply

This was always my favorite part of physical education class when I was a youngster! I’m so glad to see it still around for my kiddo’s to enjoy as well! It’s nice to know that some things stand the test of time!

elizabeth miller - April 8, 2016 Reply

This is such a great thing for kids. They love to play with them and especially to run under them. It’s such a carefree thing that they inadvertently learn so many things from.

Pamela - April 8, 2016 Reply

What a fun giveaway – it sure brings back great memories for me. In addition to gross motor skills, the parachute also exercises the imagination!

beth - April 8, 2016 Reply

This is so fun and I would love to win this!

Anonymous - April 8, 2016 Reply

It looks like a lot of fun. I would include my neighborhood children to share the fun with everyone!

Lisa Hollinger Barto - April 8, 2016 Reply

This is a great! Playing with a parachute in gym class as a kid is one of my favorite memories from school. I would love for my kids to get to experience it too!

Stephanie Jones - April 8, 2016 Reply

I love all the fun activities that I’ve seen for using the parachute in music class. My kids LOVE to move to music and I know that parachute would really give us a great variety of movement opportunities!

Brandy Sharpe - April 8, 2016 Reply

I remember playing with a parachute back in the 90s!

Amy Hall - April 8, 2016 Reply

Would love one of these! I had one with my oldest but he’s 11 now it’s long gone. I have a 2 year old and a4 month old to play with it now

Cyndi - April 8, 2016 Reply

I am not entering this giveaway only because I literally just bought one that arrived yesterday!! I have wanted to add a parachute to my collection for while now and finally just did it. Dang I should have waited 1 more week! I agree with you that there are endless options for musicality and fun with a parachute! I love your giveaways! They are always great things I want to add to my home!

Tabitha Luczak - April 8, 2016 Reply

I love playing parachute activities with my daughter! We would love to win this πŸ™‚

Marci - April 8, 2016 Reply

The parachute is always the kids favorite

Leah - April 8, 2016 Reply

Seeing the parachute takes me way back! I’d love to get one for my kids to enjoy.

Michelle - April 8, 2016 Reply

I loved parachute play in school, and have been thinking about getting one for home for a while now. I loved the parachute songs video!

Rebecca - April 8, 2016 Reply

I love parachutes also for having children imitate what they hear either in what they sing or a recording – large, flowing movements, short choppy ones. Bigger for fortes, ripples for fast scales, etc.

Katie - April 8, 2016 Reply

Such a great giveaway! I’ve wanted to get a parachute for our homeschool for a while!!

Jenn H - April 8, 2016 Reply

This would be so much fun for our homeschool group!

Gabrielly - April 8, 2016 Reply

This is such a great thing for kids. They love to play with them.

Anonymous - April 8, 2016 Reply

I LOVED this in elementary school and I think my nieces would love it too!!

Holly Mitkowski - April 8, 2016 Reply

I LOVED this in elementary school and I think my nieces would too!!! (I forgot to enter my info in my previous comment)

heather walborn - April 8, 2016 Reply

This brings back fond memories from elementary school! Such a great activity for kids!

anne perry - April 8, 2016 Reply

Our music teacher uses a parachute during class. The kids love to run underneath while singing London Bridges.

Megan - April 8, 2016 Reply

Is there anything more fun than parachute play? I think not.

Laura - April 8, 2016 Reply

How much fun is this! I bet kids love it! πŸ™‚

Chrystal S. - April 9, 2016 Reply

My older children’s pre school had one of these and when I worked in the classroom they absolutely loved it.

I’d love to win one of these for my son’s grammar school. They have been trying to get more things for kids to play with on snow days.

The budget cuts in our state have severely effected our public schools and I hope I will because I will be donating this to my Son’s school.

They need more play! Thank you!

Lesley F - April 9, 2016 Reply

My granddaughter would have a blast with this!

Sara M - April 9, 2016 Reply

I will never forget “parachute day” back in elementary school. It was the most exciting, fun gym day of the year! I know my 3 kids would absolutely love this just as much as I did.

KJ Skib - April 9, 2016 Reply

I am a PE teacher and I know so many activities to do with the parachute and would love to have my own to teach the neighborhood kids.

shanna - April 9, 2016 Reply

SO fun!! I remember this from elementary school =)
My kiddos would love this!!!

Rachel - April 9, 2016 Reply

This would be great for taking to the preschoolers I visit!

Michelle J. - April 9, 2016 Reply

This was my favorite thing as a kid!

Gina Ferrell - April 9, 2016 Reply

I had and always played with my parachute when I was little and loved it. I would love to win this for my daughter and her friends to play with.

Krissy B - April 10, 2016 Reply

This would be perfect for our homeschool with a large family I can think of all the fun we would have together. Music is such a special thing in our life, we have an autistic son that connects to music and loves to hum tunes all day. He is awesome! Thanks for a chance to win and ways to enrich children with music!

Amy Tolley - April 10, 2016 Reply

I remember playing this in school when i was younger we had such fun this would be great fun for my son and my grandsons…including myself…

Shannon F. - April 10, 2016 Reply

Playing with the parachute in school was my favorite time of the week! I’d love to share this with my girls!

Laurajj - April 10, 2016 Reply

Oh I remember playing in school growing up. They are so much fun! I would love to win one…we would have so much fun with it!

Annie Ellis - April 11, 2016 Reply

my daughter loves doing this in her park district class

Annie - April 11, 2016 Reply

Parachute was my FAVORITE when I was a kid!

Gaye McGill - April 11, 2016 Reply

This is marvelous! Great for kids and music teachers/students.

Sarah T - April 11, 2016 Reply

I agree that parachparasites are teaching tools and hope I win! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Kelly McGrew - April 11, 2016 Reply

this would be so cute for my nephew! thanks for the chance!

Vicki - April 11, 2016 Reply

Looks like a lot of fun!

april - April 12, 2016 Reply

my son’s play group would love this!

abigail - April 12, 2016 Reply

I remember playing with one of these as a kid and LOVING it! If I win I plan to donate it to my childrens’ preschool!

Nancy - April 12, 2016 Reply

This is a fun prop to use with music education! I love the various ideas for use.

Marnie G - April 12, 2016 Reply

This is awesome! There are so many different things you can do with this with kids. I love making learning fun!

Maria P. - April 12, 2016 Reply

The parachute is my daughters favorite part of the week.

Colleen Busch - April 13, 2016 Reply

This would be so much fun to have at home for my three boys. Thank you.

Nicole s - April 13, 2016 Reply

I would love this for my kids… I always loved this in elementary. Thanks for the chance

Lauryn R - April 13, 2016 Reply

I loved playing with these in gym class when I was a kid! πŸ™‚ I homeschool my kids so this would be an awesome thing to have at home!

Kammieleon - April 13, 2016 Reply

Parachute days were my favorite growing up. Always so much fun.

Emi - April 14, 2016 Reply

This would be fantastic as part of a music class.

Gail Williams - April 14, 2016 Reply

I saw and was involved in parachute play and singing with my granddaughter’s preschool. It was very fun for all.

Nicole Sender - April 14, 2016 Reply

Children & adults enjoy playing with the parachute! Always great fun!

Raymond Stone - April 15, 2016 Reply

In it to WIN it! Thank You!!!!

Leela - April 15, 2016 Reply

Thank you for the opportunity.

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