How to Make Small Throwing Parachute Toys

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How to Make Small Throwing Parachute Toys
Parachutes can make great educational toys. (parachute image by sylvie BRELOT-FORMENTO from

An open parachute drifting toward the ground is fascinating to watch. Creating a toy parachute is a safer alternative to actually parachuting from an great height. Parachutes make great toys and science experiments. Toy soldiers, cars and wooden blocks are easily attached to a home-made parachute.

Toy parachutes are frequently made from plastic bags or tissue paper. But for a sturdier model, use ripstop nylon and hem the edges.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plastic bag or light cloth
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Hand sewing-needle and thread
  • Toy soldier or other weighted toy
  • Paper clip

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  1. 1

    Cut the plastic bag or light cloth into shape. An 18-inch square is simple and works well. Try a pentagon or octagon for a more complex parachute.

  2. 2

    Cut a one-inch hole in the centre of the parachute. This hole allows air to escape as the parachute falls, permitting the parachute to drift straight down.

  3. 3

    Cut the string into 24-inch pieces; one for each corner.

  4. 4

    Attach one piece of string to each corner of the parachute. For the simplest parachute, tie the corner to the string. For advanced models, fold the corner under and hand-stitch the string to the cloth. If you are using ripstop nylon, hem the edges, sewing the string into the hem at the corners.

  5. 5

    Tie the strings to the toy soldier. For a removable parachute, tie the strings to a paper clip. Tie a short piece of string into a loop, and use it as a harness for the soldier. Clip the harness and soldier to the paper clip.

  6. 6

    Hold the parachute in the centre, and fold the sides down. Roll the parachute around the toy soldier and into a ball.

  7. 7

    Throw the parachute as high as possible to give the cloth time to unwind.

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