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Getting Ready for Parachute Play
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Getting Set for Parachute Play
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UP, UP AND AWAY!Getting Set for Parachute Play
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The kids are holding onto the parachute using the overhand grip (palms down, fingers grasping the edge) eagerly waiting for instructions-from YOU-the leader of the parachute activities! I always like to tell the children to think of me as the quarterback of a football team, like Joe Montana or Steve Young, calling out the commands for the next play. I reinforce that there is only one quarterback on the team, thus only one leader directing the activities. Children who have had previous experiences with the parachute will have favorite games that they want to play. Perhaps they are already shaking the parachute, jumping up and down or running under the parachute-full of energy, enthusiasm and nonstop giggles and wiggles. Insure them that there will be a time for them to lead their game but first the group needs to establish rules for playing safely and cooperatively with the parachute. Solicit ideas and suggestions from the children themselves. They will more likely have a sense of ownership and even "buy into" accepting and reinforcing the rules if they have had a part in creating them. I'm sure your discussions will take the following direction:
- Institute the freeze rule, which means that at the teacher's command, "Freeze!" the children cease all activity to listen to directions.
- Hold the edge of the parachute with both hands at all times unless instructed to do otherwise.
- Raise and lower the parachute on command (e.g. "Touch your toes, ready, lift up; now back to your waist and belly button").
- Emphasize good listening.
- Instruct children to stay away from the center hole or aperture of the parachute. Inform the group that this hole or opening allows air to escape. This enables the parachute to descend slowly and keep the proper shape without bobbing.
- Stress working together cooperatively. Just as it takes each and every player on the football team to execute a play or score a touchdown, so too does it take each and every participant holding the parachute to lift it up and make the dome shape or "umbrella."
Are we having fun yet? You bet! You got READY when you found or bought a parachute! Your class is all SET - doing movin' and shakin' warm ups! And now the children are eager to GO...and play more games and activities with the parachute! Watch for my next featured article on UP, UP AND AWAY - Getting Ready for Parachute Play.
UP, UP & AWAY! PARACHUTE PLAY