1 . Popcorn
Place a number of beanbags, small balls, or cottonballs onto the parachute. Shake to make them pop up like popcorn.
2 . Ball Roll
Have the children try to roll the balls into the hole in the middle of the parachute. (Or have children try to keep the balls from going into the hole in the center.)
3 . Making Waves
Children can make small, medium, or large movements to make various types of waves. You can incorporate a story about a ship on the sea, weather, etc. And/or use your voice as a tool to emphasize directives.
4 . Merry Go Round
Children turn their bodies sideways and hold the chute with one hand. They then walk around in a circle, making a Merry Go Round. For variety, children can hop, skip, jump, etc. You can stop music as a cue to reverse and go the other direction.
5 . Poison Snakes
Place three or four jump ropes onto the chute. Shake the parachute to keep the snakes from biting (touching) you.
6 . Parachute Tag
Lift the parachute high into the air. Call out two childrens names. They must trade empty spots by running under the chute, before it comes down on them.
7 . Mushroom
Standing, lift the parachute waist height. Count to three with one and two being small practice lifts. On three, all lift the chute overhead, and crouch down pulling the parachute edges down as well. This creates what looks like a mushroom.
8 . The Wave
Children put their hands up, one after another, in order creating a synchronized wave like in the stands at a baseball game.
9 . Rollerball
Try to keep a ball rolling only along the outer edge of the parachute around the circle. As it comes toward you, cooperatively lower your edge. Just past you, raise it.
10 . All Change
The Teacher calls out birthday months, pre assigned numbers, colors, etc, and those children swap places under the chute before it falls, and run to an empty space.