You will need
- Parachute (or old sheet or duvet cover)
- Everyone should stand around the edge of the parachute and hold the handles.
- Everyone should work together to lift the parachute to about chest height, and gently pull it taut.
- The person leading the game should put the ball into the middle of the parachute and say a player’s name.
- Everyone should work together to make the ball roll over to the person the person leading the game has chosen. People can call out instructions to each other if they think it’ll help.
- When the ball reaches the person whose named was called they should call out someone else’s name. The ball must cross the middle of the parachute between each person, so they should choose someone across the parachute from them.
- Everyone should work together to roll the ball to the new person.
- Everyone should keep playing until everyone’s name has been called and the ball has visited everyone.
- Everyone could play again—the person leading the game could time everyone, to see how quickly they can get the ball around to everyone.
This activity needed you to be a team player. Everyone should go back around the parachute and hold a handle. What would’ve happened if two people tried to play without the rest of the team? What would’ve happened if one or two people stopped helping, or did something totally different to the rest of the team?
This activity also needed you to persevere. You had to keep going, even when it was tricky and the ball didn’t go where you wanted it to. Maybe it even fell off once or twice. Why did you keep trying when things didn’t work? How did it feel when you achieved your goal after you tried again and again?
The person leading the game should put the ball in the middle. If a player agrees with what the person leading the game says, they should lift up the parachute; everyone should watch what happens to the ball. In between each statement, everyone should put the parachute back to waist height and the person leading the game should put the ball back into the middle.
Do you agree that: the game was easy right from the start? The game got easier as we got used to working together? The ball didn’t always go where we wanted it to? Everyone helped lead the game? The most important thing was to be fast? It was frustrating when the ball didn’t go where we wanted it to? I tried my best all the way through?
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.