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PARACHUTE PLAY !

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Rainy Day PreK Parachute Play

Parachute play is not just for the outdoors – it is fun all year round and can be used inside as well. Parachutes for childrens play come in a variety of sizes and they come with handles for children to grasp. I would highly recommend having a large parachute for outdoor play and a smaller one (6 ft.) for indoor use. The 6 ft. size is perfect for indoors and is also a better size for younger preschoolers as their arms tend to get very tired quickly when using the larger sizes. This is the perfect thing to bring out on a rainy day to get the giggles going and the body moving! Parachute play encourages cooperation and teamwork, following directions and builds large muscles and motor skills and is just plain fun! There are so many things to do with a parachute. Games, songs, exercises, bouncing balls, storytelling, rhythmic dancing, circle time fun, fort building and more. They are so colorful and bring excitement to the children’s eyes as soon as they see it. This is one of the best rainy day activities for kids!


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Rain, Rain Go Away……

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“Rain, rain go away …..  come again another day.

Little Suzie wants to play, rain, rain go away!”


 

This song is sung at preschools and daycare centers around the world when it is raining outside.  Rainy days are perceived as gloomy, depressing, low energy days.  That old perception is very easy to change and by doing so will teach your preschool-aged children about positive thinking and will also make that rainy day feel like a sunny summer afternoon!

 

Music can change the mood of everyone.  Start by changing the songs you sing on rainy days!  Put on some upbeat and silly music that will create a new energy in the room.  Children respond to music with great enthusiasm, movement and laughter.  It is so powerful that some physicians actually prescribe music-therapy to  patients suffering from depression.

 

In addition to upbeat music, being prepared ahead of time for inclement weather days (snowstorms, excessive heat, freezing temperatures, high pollution index and rain) the children in your care will have a wonderful time and you will be equipped with a great strategy for dealing with the rainy day blues rather than dreading the long day stuck indoors with a group of rambunctious preschoolers and toddlers.      

 

Rainy Day PreK’ is a source for teachers, parents and caregivers to find rainy day activities for kids that are educational, entertaining and easy to implement.  Please feel free to add your great ideas to share with our community.  Cabin fever is very real and can make everyone irritable, restless or frustrated but having a plan in hand is just the right medicine to cure it!

 

 

 

 


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