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ACTIVITY IDEAS Parachute games

• Stuffed animals can be used to support a variety

of different topics, and to bring songs and stories to life. You could ask your little learners to alter the tempo of the parachute (and the volume of their voices) to wake up the animals and get them back to sleep again.

• Balloons are brilliant for colour recognition games. Encourage children to work

together to get all the balloons in a segment of a particular colour.

• Place a large ball in the centre of the parachute and get your little ones to hold

it taut and take turns to lift the parachute just as the ball rolls past to keep it moving around the circle without falling off the edge or coming to a stop. The smaller the ball the harder it will be to control.

There are so many exciting ways you can use a parachute! They are a fun and versatile resource for developing gross motor skills and improving coordination through collaborative physical play and we were delighted to work with Anita and Mark from Ace Early Years who put our YPO Parachute Kit to the test!

YPO Deluxe Parachute

and Accessories Kit £95.00

Review by Anita and Mark of Ace Early Years

We were very excited to take delivery of this amazing kit- it felt like Christmas unpacking it all! There was so much equipment inside, each with a burst of colour in every packet and box we opened!

With a variety of 6 different sized and textured balls of which there were duplicate amounts totalling 17 balls in all, a set of 6 brightly coloured animal beanbags, a large parachute that comfortably offers space for 30 children, an activities and idea booklet and not forgetting a large blue holdall to house all the equipment, we certainly weren’t disappointed. The children all gasped with “ooo’s” and “aaah’s” as we opened the bag.

The handy booklet included was a great source of ideas that even us as experienced practitioners needed! Our children loved the game ‘Volcano’ and actually worked together as a team being the Volcano and lava collectors. This game caused great hilarity and plenty of screams, smiles and collaboration. The booklet explains in simple terms how to organise and execute each game/activity. The children certainly worked their upper arm

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