Since lockdown we have been having lots of fun getting creative and crafting. Here is a bit of a STEM activity. We have learnt how to make a toy parachute and have had a great time in the garden throwing the parachute in the air and watching it come back ‘down to Earth’!
What do I need to make a parachute?
1 square of fabric, cut to 25cm – 30cm each side
4 pieces of string / wool, cut to 20cm – 25cm long
A plastic toy or wooden, approx the size of the person who is flying the parachutes hand (we used a plastic toy dog)
A hole punch
How to make a parachute:
Cut the fabric into a square, 25cm – 30cm along each side, if it isn’t already cut to size. Also, cut your string / wool to 20cm – 25cm long lengths if not already cut to size (if it is slightly longer or shorter don’t worry too much).
Use the hole punch to make a hole in each corner of the fabric, you will punch 4 holes in total.
Then tie a piece of string / wool to each corner of the fabric through the punched holes. Once you have done this in each corner you will have a square piece of fabric with 4 pieces of string attached, one to each corner.
Then tie the unattached ends of the four pieces of string / wool to the toy.
Your parachute is then ready to ‘fly’.
How to fly your parachute:
Scrunch the parachute and toy into the hand of whoever is going to ‘fly’ the parachute.
The person flying the parachute needs to throw it as high as they can in the air.
It will then fly ‘back down to Earth’.
Top tip: Try to ‘fly’ your parachute on a day that is not very windy and aim to avoid trees and buildings!
*Please ensure the activity is age appropriate, supervised at all times and you are happy with the safety of all supplies used. Ensure the string / wool isn’t a strangulation hazard for anyone playing / making the parachute and ensure the toy doesn’t hit anyone during ‘flight’. Click here view the Berkshire Mummies disclaimer.*