Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

It is important for children to learn the vocabulary and mean of spatial relationships (i.e. on, in, under, up, down, beside, behind etc). This understand helps the children to mentally manipulate objects and is a basic building block for future learning. Children learn these concepts best through repetition, rhyme and physical demonstration. In this activity children will work with the parachute to learn spatial concepts

Equipment required

  • Parachute
  • soft balls or other small light objects to use that will be safe to put on the parachute

Training Videos

Parachute Positions from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


Two to three weeks

How it works

Children will learn about spatial concepts using the parachute and props.

What to do in the class

Explain to the parents that we are going to be learning about spatial concepts (up, down, in, on, under, over). Gather the children around the parachute. First ask them to show you if they know which way is UP and DOWN. Explain that at this point you want ALL the children holding the parachute and no one is allowed to go under until you shout UNDER. Explain all that everyone must come out when you shout OUT.

Show them UP and get everyone to raise their arms, then show them DOWN. See if you can get all the children to work together responding to your words with lots of encouragement. When they are all working together, you can then shout UNDER and all the children can go under for a short time. Get all the children back around the parachute by saying ‘everyone come OUT of the parachute’.

You can move on using props for example balloons or soft balls, Let’s put the balls ON the parchute. Let’s put the balls UNDER the parachute, Let’s put the balls IN the parachute (wrap them up in the parachute). Everyone get a ball and hold it BEHIND your back (or BETWEEN FEET, or BESIDE THEIR LEGS. Etc.