Fly a picnic parachute

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Creative Commons License Mzelle Biscotte

Picnics are a fun way to share lunch or dinner together as a family. A fun idea to try after a nice meal at the park is to create and ‘fly’ a picnic parachutes.

What you’ll need:

  • A large handkerchief (or heavy paper napkin)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • A big cork
  • A thumbtack
  • 10 popsicle sticks or wooden skewers (as for shish kabobs)


  1. Cut the string into four pieces about 12″ long.
  2. Tie one piece to each corner of the handkerchief.
  3. Tie the four loose ends of the strings together into a knot.
  4. Insert the thumb tack through the knot and push it securely in the cork.

(You may wish to pre-assemble these at home.)

To fly, hold the parachute loosely in you hand and toss it high up into the air. It should float down; just make sure the strings don’t get tangled.