Up, up and away!
Parachutes are an easy, affordable way to make 5-minute fillers a whole lot more exciting.
Swooping, swapping and scrabbling for socks - there are so many different games you can play with a parachute! Try one of the games below or challenge your girls to create their own.
- Girls stand with the parachute held at waist level.
- Going around the circle, give each girl a number between one and five.
- Call out a number. All girls with that number must take off one sock and throw it into the middle underneath the parachute.
- Then shout, ‘sock soup!’. Girls who have taken off their socks must dive under the parachute and put their sock back on.
- Whoever is last to get their sock on and back to their place must run once around the circle as a forfeit.
- Girls stand with the parachute at waist level.
- Call out something girls in the room will have in common - for example, birthday months or eye colour.
- Then get girls to 'pop' the parachute up.
- Those girls with the characteristic in common have to run under the parachute, and find an empty place before it falls.
- Place some small soft balls onto the parachute.
- Divide girls into two teams. Each team kneels or stands around one half of a parachute.
- Everyone wafts the parachute up and down to make a ripple effect - the balls should jump around like popcorn.
- The aim of the game is to make the balls jump out of the parachute and over the opposing team’s shoulders.
Hole in one
- Break girls into two or more teams.
- Each team will have a different coloured ball.
- Sit girls in a circle around the parachute, holding the edges.
- Put the balls on the parachute. Each team needs to keep their coloured ball from being 'out' - into the middle circle or in the parachute's hole - while trying to get the other teams’ balls out.
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