I will admit that my original intentions when I first received the Pacific Play Tent Tunnel and Parachute to review was to share some toddler and preschool games, but as we have been using it over the past few weeks EVERY time I pulled it out my older two kiddos were right there, too! And better yet, we ended up bringing the parachute to a Sunday family dinner and all the kiddos from 11-2 years of age who are normally running around like crazy, all came together to “test” the parachute and I had a lot of fun. Don’t those faces say it all?!
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Here are 10 of our favorite games to play with our Pacific Play Tent Parachute and Tunnel:
10 Parachute and Tunnel Games
#1 Everyone on knees
Toddlers and preschoolers often want to be included when playing with this fun colored 10 foot “Playchute” Parachute but it can be hard because of their height. So, have everyone get on their knees and meet your young ones height a little better. This is a great way to let old and young children play together and with 12 handles there is plenty of room for everyone.
#2 Play Peek-A- Boo
This colorful 6 ft tunnel is called “Peek A Boo I See U” Tunnel and it’s a perfect name for it. It is also a fun game to play with it, too! Half the tunnel is made with sturdy fabric but one side is mesh making it less threatening for young ones to move through and an easy way for us parents to see where they are in the tunnel. We have had other tunnels that young children were afraid to go into because they couldn’t see out. There has been no hesitations with this one!
#3 Nuggets in the Middle
Sitting under the parachute has to be everyone’s favorite spot. Raise the parachute up as high and fast as possible. Then have everyone, while still holding the edges, race to the center to sit and tuck themselves under the falling parachute. If you have any toddlers or preschoolers that are having a hard time racing in with everyone, have them sit in the middle while everyone races towards them. This game brought so many giggles!Give everyone a chance to sit underneath while all the parachute holders raise the it up and bring it in tucking everyone underneath.
#4 Tunnel Ball Toss
Have one child sit on one end of the tunnel and another sit on the other end and roll balls to each other. This one always got a lot of laughs. My toddler didn’t always get the concept of tossing them back but she loved the balls being tossed to her
#5 Tunnel Entrance
Build a fort or an obstacle and use the tunnel as the path in and out. This “Peek A Boo I See U” Tunnel was used in many similar situations as pictured below over the past few weeks. The frame of the tunnel is made from sturdy, hardened spring-steel construction that’s reinforced and the coils are lightly padded with foam to allow for a comfortable and safe play experience. This allowed the tunnel to be strong and withstand all of their creative builds with it.
#6 Build a Fort
Toss the Parachute over a table or a few chairs and you have an instant fort. Of course, they can always get more creative than that once they get thinking, but the table is an easy way of creating a for for the little ones. Like I said, everyone loves sitting under a parachute!
#7 Parachute Pop It
Playing with the parachute was a great way for the children to coordinate their bodies and communicate with each other while they tried to achieve an idea. They loved playing Pop It. Place a light ball in the center of the parachute. Everyone then squats low and on the count of 3 pops up and raises the parachute as fast as they can above their heads. The ball will fly! Make sure you have plenty of open space nearby when doing this so you don’t loose the ball.
#8 Shadow Puppets
The the parachute and the parachute fabric on the bottom of the tunnel are great for playing shadow puppets or in my kiddos case, just making big monsters with their bodies. It’s easy to do. Simple set up the parachute or solid side of the tunnel to where there is light coming from behind it. As you get closer to the fabric, your shadow will appear! Lots of laughs and giggles with this one.
#9 Tunnel Roll
This is my daughters favorite position in the tunnel. She loved to lay down and have me rock her back and forth, especially since she could still see me! She eventually learned if she turned sideways and braced her feet on one side that she could roll herself. That smile says it all!
#10 The Wave
Another great team communicating game is The Wave. The gaol is to roll the ball around the parachute without letting it fall off. I did not realize how much they would have talk to work together to be able to accomplish this, but after a handful of tries they figured out a good rhythm. This was a fun, yet satisfying challenge.
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