Parachute ball roll game

Get active with this fun, extra-sensory parachute team game, where the players try to balance the ball and drop it through the centre hole. 

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

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

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

How to play

What you’ll need

  • A parachute or bedsheet (ideally with a hole in the middle for the ball to fall through) 

Rules of the game

  • Players spread out around the parachute, and pull it tightly at waist level
  • Take it in turns to roll the ball to the middle of the space, trying to get the ball in the hole
  • Players can help each other by lifting their part of the parachute, to try to encourage the ball into the hole
  • Celebrate together when you get the ball in the middle of the parachute!

Other ways to play

  • If you don’t have a parachute or a sheet with a hole in the middle, try to keep the ball balanced in the centre for as long as possible instead.
  • You can make it harder by having more balls in play.
  • You can make this game more sensory by using a ball with bells in it to make noise.