Leadership Inspirations Activities

Parachute Games

Energize your group with these classic parachute games

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

Playground parachute (20ft.+ diameter)

 

SUMMARY

 
Have some nostalgic fun with these parachute games that energize and animate your group.

 

SET UP

  • You will need a large (20ft diameter) playground or gym parachute for every 16 or so people. Larger parachutes will accomodate more participants.  

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Popcorn
    • Place small bean bags or balls onto the parachute. Pick up the parachute and shake it to make them pop up like “popcorn”. For added difficulty try not to lose any in the process!
  • Making Waves
    • Participants can make small, medium, or large movements to make various types of “waves” in the parachute.
  • Parachute Tag
    • Lift the parachute high into the air. Call out two participant’s names. They will run under the parachute to switch places before the parachute comes down.
  • Tent
    • Have everyone stand and lift the parachute waist height. Participants will lift the parachute overhead quickly and then sit, pulling the parachute edges down to the ground with them. This creates a parachute tent with everyone inside!
    • Play a round of Flash before the tent deflates!
  • Swap
    • Call out birthday months, pre-assigned numbers, colors, etc, and participants who meet that criteria must swap places under the chute before it falls.
    • Could also be played with I Like People Who… or Have You Ever?
  • Catch (requires at least 2 parachutes)
    • Place a ball on one parachute and then try to propel the ball into the air so that it lands on/ is caught by the other parachute.

VARIATIONS

  • Let participants make up their own games and activities to do with the parachute. The possibilities are endless!

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?