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Under the Big Top

 
Under the Big Top


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What You'll Need:

  • A Large Play Parachute

Preparation:

Rent or borrow a large play parachute. Often schools and children's recreation centers have them on hand.


At the Party:
  1. Spread the parachute on the ground in a large, flat circle.
  2. Have the children and any available adults circle the parachute and grab its edges.
  3. Make sure everyone is evenly distributed around the edge of the parachute.
  4. Have everyone raise and lower the parachute simultaneously.
  5. Once the parachute is raised and fully billowed, have everyone sit down on the inside edges. This should keep the parachute inflated, creating a tent.
  6. If you have enough adults available, you can have them hold the outside edges while one guest sits in the center of the parachute.
  7. Gently toss the child into the air by raising and lowering the parachute.
  8. Alternatively, you can set a ball in the center, and then let the children bounce it around by lifting and lowering various sides of the parachute randomly.



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