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Monday, 23 April 2012

Parachute Games and Campfire Songs (2012-04-23)

We started with circle and news: many of us had been on hostel at the weekend.

We took suggestions for the order we should play the Parachute Games in. Which was: Mushroom, Shark attack, Greenhouse, Washing Machine.

It turned out that we had exactly the right number of people, sixteen, for everyone to have a handle of the parachute.

In Mushroom the parachute is lowered and then rapidly raised to fill with air, whilst everyone shouts 'mushroom' and one person, chosen beforehand, says an attribute, such as brown hair. Members of the circle with the attribute let go of the parachute and cross to the other side. 'Has eyeballs' and similar resulted in the parachute floating off on its own.

Shark Attack led to multiple fatalities.

Greenhouse was new to me. An especially large mushroom then everyone takes two steps forwards, under the parachute, and sits down tucking the parachute under them. One person is chosen to stand in the middle and be the tent pole. Now we had a space to sing Black socks and Baby Bumble Bee.

We then sang campfire songs: Donna Donna, Blue Lake and Rocky Shore, Axes, We are the Woodcraft Folk and Red River Valley.

Axes took some explaining, as the children did not really understand Mutually Assured Destruction!

We had time for a last Parachute Game of Washing Machine where four children sit in the middle of the parachute, facing outwards with their arms up, the circle rotates and wraps them up and then rapidly unwinds them.

We ended with The Woodcraft Folk Are We.

Leaders: Tegan, Debbie, Tim
Children: 12

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