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In this activity, learners will investigate air and gravity through the use of various fabrics by through them in the air. Activity includes step-by-step instructions and extension ideas. A Spanish version of the activity is also included.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • Parachute Canopy: plastic bag, large coffee filter, sheet of tissue paper, 12 inch square of mylar emergency blanket, or 12 inch square of plastic tablecloth
  • String, twine, or yarn - 2 pieces cut 18 inches long (or the length of a child’s arm)
  • Stickers
  • ½ plastic egg or paper cup
  • Small toy (optional)
  • Weights (optional)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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