How to play parachute wave

Parachute wave is an exciting, extra-sensory group game inspired by a Mexican wave. You can even add in a ball for an extra challenge – see how long you can keep it balanced for!

A laughing young boy in glasses and jeans is lying on his back propped up his hands on a green and red parachute

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, helping build confidence and independence through learning new skills, having fun and making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • A parachute or large sheet
  • A ball (optional)

How to set up

  • Everyone stands around the parachute and holds it tight at waist level

Rules of the game

  • One player lifts up the parachute, then the player next to them copies them, creating a Mexican wave with the parachute.
  • Send the wave around the circle
  • Try adding some balls and see how many you can keep on the parachute before they fall off

Other ways to play

  • Balls with bells make this game more sensory – why not explore their texture and sound before placing them on the parachute
  • Make it easier by not using any balls
  • Different sized balls will be more of a challenge