Feeling the summer fatigue? Try using a parachute in your story time or at home with your kids! Here’s why:
•(From Liz and Dick Williams book Parachute Play) The parachute specifically helps children increase their ability to:
–Join group activities
–Develop small muscle control
–Strengthen large muscles
–Remain in control during very active play
Parachutes are cheap and add a new element of fine and gross motor development and fun to your story time. Here’s a sample of parachute story time that I’ve done
Opening: Have children sit on floor around parachute with legs underneath
Parachute Play: Sing where is thumbkin. Get up on your knees, 123 GOOD MORNING
Up on your feet, 123 Good Morning!
While standing with parachute, practice the parachute wave. Lift the parachute up and down with your arms.
Finger Play: open shut them
Book: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Parachute Game: Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes with parachute. Bring parachute head level, shoulder level, knee level, and toe level. During eyes, ears, mouth etc. stick head under the parachute. Repeat quickly, then really slowly
Finger play: 10 Little Fingers
Book: Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Parachute Game: counting with soft balls while practicing the wave. Wave slowly with balls and lets count how long it takes the balls to fall off.
Finger Play: 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.
Book: Playground Day by Jennifer Merz
Ok stretch your arms and fingers and get ready to do some jumping
Parachute Play Cd. Song #1 Bumpin the Parachute. Follow directions on song for jumping and waving the parachute.
Finger Play Clap hands fast/slow
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around…touch the ground…reach up high…make the parachute fly (do really fast waves)…drop the parachute…show your boot…touch the sky…wave bye bye.
What do you do to make story time or play time more fun?