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Shake Hands

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Shake Hands

A fun game for children to "shale hands" under the parachute. 

Materials Needed:

  • Large Parachute

What to do:

  • Have all the players hold the parachute way up high above their heads.
  • Call out two names and have these two players run underneath the parachute, shake hands, then run back out before the parachute comes down.
  • Continue doing this until all the players have had a chance to run under the parachute.

Hints and Tips: 

  • Can be used at the beginning of the year for when new children start. 
  • Instead of running, children can hop, jump, skip to shake hands with others. 
  • Instead of calling out names, call out colours they are wearing. 


Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Understands that events have a cause and effect relationship.

    Carry out between two and three instructions.

    Start developing friendships.

    Enjoys playing with other children.


    Runs with co-ordination.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Outdoor Area
  • Games Categories: Gross Motor Skills, Outdoor Games, Party Games, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

    5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

Created On December 8, 2023 Last modified on Saturday, December 9, 2023
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