It was on a Memorial Day a few years back that Travis first saw parachuters and he’s been obsessed ever since. Here’s a cute craft you can put together to take flight right at home!
Trace around a large dinner plate with felt-tipped markers on fabric; we had lightweight fabric swatches from the craft store that were perfect, and I let Travis choose his favorite pattern for the parachute.
After he traced, cutting out the circle out was a mommy step, since fabric is still tough for my preschooler’s fingers.
Note: Travis thought the fabric markers were so neat he wanted to color on the scraps after we cut out the circle!
Mark 8 dots with pen evenly spaced around the parachute. Cut pieces of thread that are about 12 inches long and and sew these to each of the 8 dots.
I let Travis have a turn with the needle and thread which made him feel so important!
Stretch the threads to a wooden bobbin and secure with masking tape. Bright green tape added a fun pop of color.
Now it’s time to launch!
The higher you stand, the better the parachute soars (more time to catch the wind). First I had Travis try climbing on top of our step ladder. It worked great, but was extremely short-lived.
So next we headed to the playground, and launched from the highest platform!