Parachutes and Popcorn


Talk about a walk down memory lane.

My mom purchased a play parachute for the girls to use during our visit to Houston.

My sister, hubby and I were reliving our youth from PE classes in elementary school and the girls were experiencing something totally new and awesome to them.

We first played with just the parachute.  Up and down, making a mushroom cloud and getting inside it.

Parachutes with popcorn

Then, we remembered that we used soft-foamy balls as “popcorn” to bounce around the parachute.  We didn’t have any of those, so we used some linky toys instead.

We spread them out on the parachute.

Parachutes with popcorn

Then, we grabbed onto the handles and bounced the “popcorn” around.  I wouldn’t really recommend this source of “popcorn” as it goes pretty high and isn’t the softest.  I guess we learned why we used foam balls in elementary school.

Obviously, they had a blast, though!  That’s some joy right there.

Parachutes with popcorn

Evidence of the “shrapnel popcorn” flung around grandma’s living room.

Parachutes with popcorn

Then, the girls grew tired of holding onto the parachute, and jumped on for a ride.  They were a little heavier than the previous “popcorn” so they didn’t fly off!

Parachutes with popcorn

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  1. cute post! you should link it up tomorrow on my blog for Wednesday’s Walk – a link up for memory posts! 🙂 my girls love the parachute. our homeschool group has one and they go crazy everytime it’s brought out.

  2. I used to love those in elementary school too. 🙂

  3. Man, that was a trip down memory lane!
    How fun!!!
    Those smiles (including Aunt Ems!) are priceless!

  4. jen @ simple. lovely. life. says:

    Ah, the memories! The parachute, scooter hockey and they gymnastic mats were the best parts of p.e. It looks like you were having so much fun!

  5. I so remember those from elementary school. We also did the thing where you all sit around with your legs under it and then someone crawls around underneath it and grabs ya!!
    Such fun to relive those childhood memories!

  6. My kids just LOVE our parachute as well and it does bring back so many childhood memories for me 🙂

  7. oh what fun! I remember loving the parachute when I was little!!

  8. OH my Gosh! That was totally my favorite thing to do in elementary PE! We used to do it in the cafeteria and I remember how much fun it was to go under. So great!! Love the ‘popcorn’ too. hee hee!

  9. Yes I remember those too, so much fun.

  10. ah I love remembering stuff like that!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Too cute! I remember the parachute in school – I was always the lightest (not anymore!) and I would get nominated to go in the middle and have all my classmates try to fling me in the air!

  12. that is so much fun. I would have loved to have one of those for my girls when they were younger. Instead we got to do the parachute at the library and music time.

  13. I miss you on blogspot…LOL Great pictures and looks like lots of fun! The girls are getting so big!!!! Hope you are enjoying your summer! HUGS!

  14. How fun!!! I always loved playing with the parachute, too. They look like they were having a blast.

  15. Parachutes are so much fun! I used to teach Mommy and Me classes many moons ago. There are so many fun things you can do with a parachute.

    Throw some colorful feathers on there and bounce them around.

    Make “alphabet soup” by bouncing foam bath letters. When the letters all bounce off, have your kids call out the letters they find and collect.

    Have a snowstorm by bouncing cotton balls.

    Have a teddy bear picnic and bouncy your teddy bears on the parachute.

    Have the kids sit in the middle and sing “Ring Around the Rosie”.

    Laurie Berkener has a song called “Popcorn” which is a great song to dance and move the parachute to.

    Those are just some off the top of my head. I’m sure more will come to me later. Enjoy your new toy! 🙂

    Thanks for visiting for WW! 🙂

  16. I love these things – so does Karys. I never thought to actually BUY one! Looks like a blast.

  17. how fun!
    i remember that from school..
    do they still do it?!

  18. I remember the parachute times in gym class back even when I was in elementary and junior high school! We had loads fo fun with them!

    I can just hear the all the giggling in your photos! =)

  19. That looks like fun – but I’m with the girls. Sitting in it is way more fun than throwing the toys around!

  20. Fun, Fun!

    We had a music makers class where we used a parachute and balls and my boys LOVED it! I should get myself one!

  21. I loved parachutes in PE – like when you would tuck it under your butt with all your classmates making this balloon we were all sitting inside of. So cool.

    Looks like your girls absolutely loved it!

  22. Oh! What an awesome grandma your girls have! That is so neat that she was able to find that parachute. I remember doing this in school too! (And that was a long, long time ago!) It truly looked like everyone had so much fun!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  23. I remember playing with a parachute in PE in school – but ours wasn’t nearly as colorful.
    What gorgeous smiles those girls have, not to mention the adults – oh, yes, that is pure joy!
    Thanks so much for sharing such beautiful pictures.

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