First you need to gather up all of the materials you will need.  Below is a list of the following items needed to conduct this project:

  • A plastic bag (maybe one you’ll get from the grocery store)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • A toy action figure

Are you ready?  Let’s get started.  First, you’ll need to cut a large square from your plastic bag.  Then you’ll want to cut the square into an 8-sided shape (an octagon).  Cut a small hole near the edge of each side (you’ll have 8 holes when you’re done).  Cut 8 pieces of string (all the same length) and attach each piece of string to each of the 8 holes.  Then tie the pieces of string to the toy action figure you are going to use as a weight.  Finally, grab a chair or find a high spot to drop your parachute and see how well it worked.  Just remember to drop it slowly.

Hint…… If you cut a small hole in the middle of the parachute, it will allow air to slowly pass through it rather than spilling out over the sides.  This will make the parachute fall in a more straight pattern.

10 Responses to How to Build a Parachute

  1. ricardo lall says:

    this is what im doing for science project

  2. sam says:

    good it worked! thankyou for this great website for creating things but the name is weird NICENICENICENICE!

  3. sam versace says:

    NICE it worked when i built the parachute and i had alot of fun with it!

  4. santavious says:

    we did this one in class#fun

  5. ninnb148473 says:

    Didn’t work! ) : HHMM my action figure could of been too heavy. I’ll try again.

  6. ninnb148473 says:

    It worked better with a lighter one. What kind of figure did you guys use….. Suggestions?

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