Use materials you have on hand to make an easy parachute craft for hours of entertainment. Creating the parachute is only half the fun. Experiment with different weights, heights and sizes of parachutes for a great science lesson as well.
This activity should be supervised and children should be instructed that they should only do this with small toys and when an adult is present.
: 15 minutes
: Under 5's, 5-10's
The small doll actually worked better than the Star Wars figure as her large head forced her into a horizontal position allowing the parachute to open more quickly.
How does it work? The parachute is made of a light material but has a large surface area. When the object under it pulls down the strings, this pulls the material of the parachute open and "traps" air under the open chute. This slows down the descent of the weight on the string.
Additional activities: Cut a small hole in the top of the parachute. The hole allows for a controlled release of the air from under the parachute and results in a straighter path to the ground.
#5 to 10s
#Up In The Air
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