Parachute Game / Art Combo
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Parachute Game for Younger Children (Ages 4-7) using Moses Sponge Balls they create first.
- Read the scripture and background materials.
- Become familiar with the project and the game.
- Gather the materials.
- Sponges - Purchase at dollar store - comes in packages of 8 or more (thin ones)
- 6" Cable Ties - used for tying computer cables, etc. together. Available in hardware stores, etc. I used white as it would show less than black. (We purchased from Canadian Tire - Canada - 100 in a bag for just over $6)
- Scissors (most children’s scissors will work - test first)
- One pair of sharp scissors for teacher
- Permanent black markers
- parachute 6'
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Sponge Balls (Moses in the basket)
Photo showing supplies (above) and completed Sponge Ball (below).
- Have sponges spread on table with scissors for each child
- Have children lay sponge flat, then cut lengthwise into 3 strips. Each child needs to cut 3 sponges. You'll have extra pieces to make one to keep in your supplies.
- You will need 8 strips per child - assorted colours. So once everyone has cut 3 strips, you can put them all into the middle of the table and have everyone pick, 8 strips, from the pile - assorted colours are more colourful.
- Have them find their largest strip and make that baby Moses by rounding one end by cutting off the corners and putting a cut at the other end to make two legs - use permanent black marker to draw on a face (eyes and mouth) and toes.
- Give each child a plastic tie, show them the correct way to put the tie through so it will hold tight - square side.
- Have them put Moses in the middle of 7 strips then take tie around the middle and pull tight, snip off the access (you may need a pair of sharper scissors for this). Smaller children will need assistance with the tying part and cutting of the access tie.
- Once tied and access tie has been cut off - have the kids pull apart the ends of the sponges in there ball to give it a more rounded look. It will not be perfectly round - but this is OK as the uneven ball works best on the parachute (a round ball will not work - the kids cannot control it at all.)
- Give each child a piece of masking tape and have them write their name on it. Place it around one of the sponge pieces in their ball so they will know which is their's to take home.
Note: The children can take these home and use in the bath or shower. We also used them in the parachute game, see below.
Parachute Game - Floating Baby Moses Down the River
(we used a 6 foot - best buy I found was at S&S)
Can be done inside as the parachute is not very large or in the summer outside on the lawn.
Discussion questions beforehand:
Have kids sit on the floor around the 6' parachute before starting
- I wonder how it felt to be Moses' mother and to put him in a basket in the river then walk away?
- I wonder how it must have felt to be Moses’ sister and to be watching from the reeds as the princess discovered him?
How to play:
- You will have to tell the children to float baby moses from one child to the next, down the river, by having child receiving Moses lower their end, while children opposite must raise theirs.
Note: Will NOT work with large parachute because it sags in the middle.
- To start you may have to assist the children until they get the idea of lifting and lowering the parachute. Because the sponge is not round like a ball it rolls more slowly and is easier to control.
- Have them move Moses (sponge ball) from child to child until they’ve gone in a complete circle.
- Have next group try while others sit and watch, if you have more than 6 children.
- What can of ride - may have been a bumpy ride, maybe some rapids, etc.
End with a prayer and have the children assist with the cleanup before dismissal.
A lesson written by Luanne Payne from: Hampton United Church
Hampton, Ontario, Canada
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