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!
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