Fabric Parachutes

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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.

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After he traced, cutting out the circle out was a mommy step, since fabric is still tough for my preschooler’s fingers.

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Note: Travis thought the fabric markers were so neat he wanted to color on the scraps after we cut out the circle!

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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.

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I let Travis have a turn with the needle and thread which made him feel so important!

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Stretch the threads to a wooden bobbin and secure with masking tape. Bright green tape added a fun pop of color.

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Now it’s time to launch!

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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.

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So next we headed to the playground, and launched from the highest platform!

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