Re: Parachute Games
Byron Hynes (bph@SA-YK.CIRCLEAIR.CA)
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 02:03:38 -0600
Aha. I actually found it.
If you're not sure what Steve means... parachute games can be played
with a round parachute (presumably this would be very difficult with the
new, rectangular ones, or with the rigging attached!) In fact, you can
buy "game chutes" with brightly coloured wedges and handles.... We had
the luxury of borrowing the schools one for cubs and beavers anytime we
And, I even borrowed a book (circa 1967) from a phys ed teacher
"Rhythmic Parachute Play" created by JoAnn Seker and George Jones (with
accompanying L.P, even! -- although I think my copy came with a tape.)
The many pictures add a little...
1. Ripples and Waves - Stand all around the parachute, each student by
one of the ribs or ropes extending from the center hole, evenly spaced.
- Alternating ups and downs, every other child doing the opposite.
- (or) Half of the chute goes up, other half down, then the opposite.
2. The umbrella - Students kneel down, grasp parachute with overhand
grip, holding it down until signal is given... Then everybody lifts up
together, "inflating" the chute. -- ask questions like... did you have
trouble hanging on? what happens when you let go? if we all let go? what
holds the chute up what makes it come down? what if we don't do it all
together? ... make it harder by trying to inflate the chute while
kneeling, standing, squatting, sitting...
3. Crossing under - Count off students around the chute by 4's. Each
child should remember the number (ha!). Children make an umbrella, and
then, on number signals, will let go and run under the chute to the
opposite side, changing places with another child. Do not cross until
your number is called... watch out for other running into the middle,
hold the chute up as long as we can... Variations -- try different
locomotor activities while crossing... animal walks, hopping, dribbling
a ball, etc... see how long you can jump rope, hula hoop, etc...
4. The Mountain - Stoop down, grasp chute by overhand grip, pulling
tight. On signal, raise arms over head (as in making the umbrella) on
the next signal, bring them down quickly and hold the edge very tight to
the floor (trapping the air inside... hence the name).
Variation/Follow-up ... Place balls or bean bags on the floor under the
chute. When the chute is just about at its peak, call one number. See if
they can get in, get a ball and get out before they are trapped.
5. Inside the Mountain (THE ST. JOE'S CUBS AND BEAVERS VERY FAVORITE) -
Hold chute with overhand grip, ready to make umbrella. As arms go
overhead, take one step underneath, turn around changing hands to inside
and pull chute down in front of you. Sit inside, holding edge tightly to
the floor ( you've made the mushroom, but you're inside it).
(Variation... don't turn around, but pull it down BEHIND you, anchoring
it with your tush. This is a great place to tell/read a short story.)
(Try it with the lights out?)
6. Popcorn - Place 2 or 3 light balls on the chute (ideally colourful
and plastic). As the kids bounce the balls, designate one or two chaser
to go get the runaways. Variations - divide into two teams (halves), try
to make the balls fly off the opposite side.... use four or five balls
of different colours, count off by numbers or sixes, and award points
for the time whose ball first goes down the centre hole. ... Try to roll
a ball around the chute in one direc tion without losing it in the hole.
7. Merry Go Round - Stand with right side to the chute, holding the edge
in your right hand, overhand grip. On signal, move clockwise, pulling
the chute tight so that it doesn't touch floor. on signal, stop, turn,
switch hands and go the other way. (THIS IS NOT NEARLY AS EASY AS IT
SOUNDS). Tell the kids if the lose their grip, to let go and walk (or
roll if fallen) OUT and away... then find their place and join in again.
Once this is mastered, try hopping or skipping.
8. Floating Cloud - grasp chute with overhand grip, as in umbrella. on
signal, let go of chute, drop hands to side. let the chute float. Ask
some follow-up like -- what happens if we miss the signal? how can we
make it hover?
9. Mushroom - grasp chute with overhand grip, raise it high overhead. on
signal, take 5 steps towards middle; do not let go. When it reached the
peak, signal to run back out, holding tightly (this is like the
umbrella, but much higher).
The book goes on to describe "crossing inside the mountain", and an
entire "routine". I subbed once for phys ed and spent an entire
afternoon with the parachute and four consecutive grades 1 to 3 classes.
I can personally assure you that a parachute routine can be a VERY
aerobic workout. And the kids have a blast.
This is also further proof that you can find ANY piece of trivia in the
emails of scouts-l members.
- Byron Hynes
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Plater [SMTP:SPlater321@aol.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 13, 1997 3:28 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
> Subject: Parachute Games
> Hi Everyone,
> In a couple of weeks, I am taking my pack on a Pack Holiday. I have
> fortunate to borrow a parachute for the event and am now looking for
> for games to play with it. At Cub events in the past I have seen some
> games played using parachutes but I was wondering if anyone had any
> Yours in Scouting
> Steve Plater
> Cub Scout Leader
> Kotick Cubs
> 3rd Cottingham (Methodist) Scout Group
> East Yorkshire
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