Remember these? I saw some of these classic parachute man birthday party favors at Target on our last trip to the US and snagged a package because I always loved them! And any toy that uses the wind as opposed to batteries is a winner in my book! My kids had fun this morning dropping their parachutes into the breeze and running down two or three flights to collect them. A good way to expend some energy and a fun little toy to have on hand when the little ones are in need of a fun activity.
And of course, I was thinking that one could really make some of these using say plastic animals or any figurines. All you need to do is cut a dinner plate size circle from a piece of heavy garbage bag type plastic, pierce four evenly spaced holes in the circle at the perimeter, and using kite string, tie pieces of string through each hole and then around the shoulder of your figure. Tie two pieces to each shoulder and voila, it should work, though I can't say my kids were terribly excited about trying this one ourselves, so let me know if you do!