Outdoor fall parachute play in preschool

We have been taking advantage of playing outdoors during these last few pretty fall days.  I recently read this wonderful idea shared by How Long is the Hall and knew my children would love to try this too…

The children helped Miss Abby spread out the parachute then ran around the play yard to gather leaves and put them on top of the parachute….

Once they had a good pile of leaves on the parachute, we gathered around the parachute to make them fly in the air.  I couldn’t remember the song that How Long is the Hall used in her post so we just said, “Pop, Pop, Popcorn!”  I know this makes no sense but the kids didn’t care!  When we said popcorn the kids would jump up and make all the leaves fly into the air…

One of our favorite things to do is to hide under the parachute after we toss the leaves into the air…

I thought I would mention that I bought this parachute from our local PartyCity store in the section where they sold circus party supplies.

I am sure going to miss these pretty fall days..


Early childhood is like fall…

A season filled with wonder, and beauty, and change that rushes by all too quickly.


Links to Grow On…

Parachute Play in Preschool by Teach Preschool

Parachute Play by Messy Kids

Parachute Games by NurtureStore

Quack, Quack, We’re Back parachute game by How Long is the Hall

Parachute Games by Rhyme Time

Linking up with Mama Pea Pod: Outdoor Play


      • Sara says

        hello Deborah I wish you were my mentor
        I am taking the CD practicum (field experience) I need your help and knowledge.
        Do you have any idea about cognative activities such as cooking activity
        and also
        Social/Emotional Activity
        Please let me lnow
        I apreciate
        You are amezing
        My best Sara

        • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

          Hi Sara – I am certain I can help. Why don’t you send me an email – Just click on Contact above and drop me a note so we can talk some more.

  1. says

    I looked for my schools parachute 2 weeks ago. When I couldn’t find it we used a fabric shower curtain I brought from home. It was just as fun. We didn’t use music, we did fast, slow, up down, turn to the right, turn to the left. When the 2-year old class saw us outside, they told us they had the parachute! We were having too much fun by then. I did get the parachute from the 2’s days later and we had the experience all over again:) Thanks for sharing Deb, I love how beautiful the pictures turned out.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I have used an old sheet before! They can be made from anything that goes up and down:) Those sneaky 2’s taking your parachute!

  2. says

    I love it! I am very fortunate to work in a school system who strongly promotes early childhood. Everything I have asked for I have received, including a beautiful new light table (thanks for the colored disc idea, I’m going to try it with the 3’s). We have a parachute that we keep just for indoor use at the gym becuase honestly I never thought to use it with leaves. I can’t wait! Oh, and I have a fall bulletin board display in my classroom. Would you mind if I use your quote? I promise to give you credit for it. I’ll even take a picture to show you. 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Of course you can use it Tina! I would love to see a photo of your board just because I bet it would be beautiful!! No go take the parachute outside and play too:)

  3. says

    Ah…they love the parachute! Can also purchase a relatively good quality for the price parachute at Target. I found that our parachute is really too big for the who I have enrolled this year so we’ve gone back to using a blanket instead of the actual parachute. Perfect for toddlers! We also use fabric leaves when we wish to use the parachute indoors. Fun fun fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I didn’t know they have them at Target too! I like the smaller ones for toddlers anyway:)

  4. says

    Ooh… this looks like tons of fun! I may have to try this with a towel with my 2 girls, since I think a parachute would be too big for just the 3 of us! (or maybe have some of their friends over!!)

  5. says

    Hello Deborah.
    I love this fun post, it also remind me of that I have a parachute in the basement. I need to get it for my outdoor playgroup.

    I also hope you join us for : Every Day is a Play Day link up
    We know that we have many outdoor play champions as passionate as we are in the blogsphere and think it is great that you as a blogger are sharing your passion about getting kids outside. To make it a little more exciting than a normal link up, you will get the opportunity to win a prize for the best outdoor play post. $200 gift certificate from Polarn O. Pyret.
    Cheers Kari