I remember P.E. days when the teacher kept all the equipment stored away and one gigantic circular fabric awaited on the gymnasium hardwoods. If you’re a millennial like me, I hope what came to mind was the parachute.
Parachute play is so many things. Its colorful fabric feels happy, and it’s easy to use, giggle-inducing, and just plain fun! It’s also something that is now a family fun park favorite. A quick search on Amazon yielded one for $27.99. It included a drawstring bag and was a manageable size for my children to use on their own if my husband and I decided to sit out a round.
Now Sundays after church include visiting one of Charlotte’s picturesque parks, enjoying lunch, and playing in the sunshine with a parachute. I love how something inexpensive incorporated with the backdrop of a free public space deposits beautiful moments into my family’s “together time bank.” And as a bonus, this play mode might be an excellent option for moms that are not the imaginative play type. Of course, I know a parachute is a want, not a need. As moms, what is necessary is present and intentional moments with our families. You don’t need a parachute to make memories with your kids. But they do need and want you to relax, laugh, and enjoy life with them.
I think a parachute in the park is a beautiful way to weave together, remembering our childhood self while being with our children and having fun.