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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)

Instructions:

  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.