Nursery Preschool

Over the last few months in Nursery, teachers have noticed that the children absolutely love it when we bring out the parachute for them to play with.  For those who don’t know, the parachute is a very large brightly coloured circular canvas, with a hole in the centre and hand-grips around the edge.

 

At other centres, I have seen children lay on the floor facing upwards while teachers gently flap the parachute up and down above them, but our children are so excited when the parachute is brought out that they just cannot lie down and keep still!  Having said that, it’s wonderful to hear the squeals of delight and excitement as they get underneath it, roll around on it, hide themselves in it and pop out to surprise each other “Peek-a-boo!” It’s definitely quite a noisy activity!

 

Quieter children also love the parachute.  They prefer to wait until the initial noise and excitement has died down, then explore it with a teacher close by to support them.  They also like to sit on the canvas in order to be pulled around the room, as if on a train.  Depending on how many children are on it, this can also give the teachers a good workout!

 

The parachute is a fantastic resource to use for many reasons and as it is proving so popular, we plan to use it in our programme on a more regular basis.  Additionally, we have noticed that the children happily share the parachute and work together when using it – perhaps because it is so big and there is plenty of it to go around.

 

Potential Benefits:

  • Teamwork
  • Cooperation
  • Gross motor skills
  • Non-competitive play
  • Coordination
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Rhythm
  • Fun!

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