Early Childhood Games that are about fun & moving & learning & co-operating.
Play is not limited to one specific activity. It can have the presence of joy or intense interest and yet have no real purpose. Play gives children a sense of mastery over their skills and their environment, allowing repetition of actions and learning of new skills. The importance of play has been well and truly researched by Piaget and ...
Here we are focusing on specific games that have some structure and are geared for groups of early childhood aged children. Scroll down for active games besides parachute.
Slow and fast
Slow - lift the parachute up and down together slowly.
Fast - shake the parachute quickly
Needs music with stops in it - shake chute and freeze when music stops. Vary by having a child or teacher bang a drum for "music".
All hold the parachute with one hand so that it is stretched tightly.
Each child given a ball to hold
Throw the balls onto the parachute when someone yells GO!
Try to make the balls go high into the air without allowing them to fall off the parachute.
PARACHUTE GAMES develop gross motor skills, coordination, moving and thinking and muscle development. Social skills are also enhanced with teamwork and cooperation.
Row your boat - sitting on ground holding chute, pull tight back and forth like rowing a boat singing the song.
Children move around the room, without bumping into each other, on a given signal. When the sound stops they freeze.
EXTENSION: All bees make a buzzing noise as they move and become silent when stopped.
EXTENSION: Instead of freezing, come back to mat, or other designated area, when sound stops.
EXTENSION: Say 'Here is the beehive, where are the bees? Hidden away where nobody sees.' Children curl up on floor.
'Here they come buzzing out of their hive, 1,2,3,4,5...BUZZZZZZ'
Children buzz around the room.
Encourages listening skills, movement, language and spatial awareness.
GO FISH - Helps listening, observation, spatial awareness and locomotor skills.
Group of 6 or more children.
To begin with someone who knows the game should be the first leader fish.
Rule: Try not to bump into anyone
Begin by saying "Go Fish" and walking forward, all the children should follow.
Turn and walk in a different direction or backwards. Everyone is to follow as quickly as possible
Give each child a turn to be the leader fish, saying "Go fish" when they start.
EXTENSION: move faster if the children are capable, add arm movements or spinning or jogging.
EXTENSION: Read a fish book like Rainbow Fish by or Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
EXTENSION: draw or decorate lots of fish and glue them in a school on blue paper (to represent water)- this could be a group activity with one large piece of paper.
Throw beanbags on the chute. Children shake to make them jump like popcorn. Vary by using white cotton-balls instead of beanbags
Put a beach ball on the parachute, all hold chute and try and bounceit and keep it on.
Songs for parachute games:
Jelly on a Plate
Der Glumph - throw light toy frogs on top
The Wheels on the Bus
Ring a Rosie -
Ring a ring a rosie
A pocket full of posies
A tishoo, a tishoo
We all fall down!
Cows are in the meadow
A tishoo, a tishoo
We all jump up!
Fishes in the water, fishes in the sea, they all jump up with a 1...2...3...
Under the water, under the sea, catching fishes for my tea. 1...2...3... Some children are under chute while others are holding and "catching" them with the chute.
Here we go round the parachute - Turn so that everyone holds the chute with only one hand and you all walk around holding the chute and sing to tune of Mulberry Bush." This is the way it goes up and down; This is the way we shake, shake, shake; move in and out...