There are a lot of resources out there on how to incorporate a parachute into your storytime and it is a great way to incorporate movement into your storytime. I usually do the parachute at the end of the program because the kiddos can get really hyped after playing with it and it makes it hard to read a story right after. Here are some of my favorites:
Tips for using a parachute:
I always set ground rules. Some simple guidelines for the kids to follow such as lets all be quiet so we can hear my instructions and I always encourage the caregivers to join in the fun because it is a great way to model for kids how to follow directions. I also always give a disclaimer that if the kids don’t want to go under the parachute, that is fine because some kids just aren’t comfortable being in the middle. I also suggest that the caregivers sit in the middle with the really little ones for support.
Use simple Spanish vocab. I always use the same Spanish vocab: arriba, abajo, rapido y despacito. Which means: up, down, fast and slow. I repeat these several times and have the kids and caregivers do the movement with the parachute.
Use music. You can use music such as the song De Colores and just have the kids go in a circle as you through the song. You can also find some songs in the link above to help you find something to meet your needs.
Let kids go under the parachute. I let the kids sit under the parachute. Depending on the size of the group, I usually ask that they sit down while we go through the different movements with the parachute. The caregivers get a kick out of seeing their kids have fun under the parachute and they also get to join in the fun as they are controlling the parachute while their kids are under. One game I like to do is play peek a boo with the kids under the parachute where I ask the caregivers to day “peek a boo” or cucú whenever we pull the parachute up.