Teach children about air resistance – make a parachute

Have you ever tried to make a parachute with your kids? If so, this was followed by a bunch of questions that meant explaining the air resistance to the children. To do this, first make a parachute.

On Kidsactivities blog we found an easy way to help kids make a parachute.

Required material:

  • Nylon bag
  • Plate
  • Wool or rope
  • Self-adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole making machine
  • Marker
  • And one heavier item for a paratrooper

Cut the bag to get a flat surface, then place a plate on the bag that will serve as a template to draw a regular circle on the bag, then cut the circle with scissors.

On the obtained circle, mark four dots at equal distances, then stick adhesive tape over each dot so that it does not tear and drill holes.


Cut four pieces of wool or rope of equal length, thread them through the holes in the parachute and tie a knot.

Tie the ends of the four strands of rope to an object that will be a parachute, let a children’s toy serve you for that.

And, it’s time to experiment. From a certain height, first throw a similar object without a parachute, and then throw an object tied to a parachute and ask the child what he thinks, why an object that fell with a parachute fell more slowly.


Here’s what you’ll tell your child: When you release the parachute, the weight of the parachute tightens the threads and the material we use, the parachute expands using air resistance to slow down the fall. The bigger the parachute, the higher the air resistance and the slower the fall.

Make parachutes of different sizes with the kids and measure the time of the fall.

Explain to children “Static electricity – jumping frogs”.

Source: LifePress magazin by lifepressmagazin.com.

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