Having to stay inside because of a storm or hurricane can be a little overwhelming if you have little ones. The house work does not stop, but they still have needs that we have to meet. Given that you are properly prepared for a storm ( check out this essentials list ) , here are some fun activities to keep the kids entertained in the case of a power goes out. With parent participation these can be done with babies as young as 9 months old all the way to kids up to 9 years old. Here are 10 activities you can do with toddlers and kids when the power goes out:
1. Reading with a flash light
This activity can be done at any age. With an adult this can be a great way to entertain a baby, you can point at different objects around you, or specific items in a book. For older kids it is a fun and inviting way to encourage reading. My five year old and I reviewed some sight words with this activity. If the power goes out, have a book and a flashlight handy.
2. Shadow puppets. These can be so much fun and any age can enjoy this game
There are many reasons why glow sticks are a great idea.Chances are if your power is out you have no A/C In south florida we definitely do not want to add to the heat with candles. Flashlights are needy, You have to hold them. Candles are toxic and with little ones around can also become a safety concern.
3. DIY lantern. Using a mason jar and the glow stick bracelets, each child can make their own lanterns. A fun twist is glow in the dark glue to decorate .
4. Glow in the dark ring toss. We had so much fun with this one. It was fun for all. My husband and I had a competitive game with my older kids. We used empty beer bottles. You can use empty water bottles or empty beer bottles LOL.
5. Glow in the dark bowling. Since you are already there with the glowing bottles you can use the same glowing bottles for a fun glow in the dark bowling game.
6. Dance party in the dark, with glow sticks of course! A dance party is can be done in the light or in the dark. If your lights go out I always tell my Zumbini families when in doubt, take out your Zumbini music and dance it out. Again, my three boys enjoyed this. We danced and included freeze dance too.
7. Sensory bottles: Using an empty water bottle, dried rice or beans and one glow stick create a glow in the dark shaker for your toddler or child. Under parent supervision this can definitely distract your little one. If you are planning way in advance there are definitely ways of making the sensory bottles cute and fancy. As a quick idea, the empty water bottle, rice and one glow stick will do.
8. Sensory box : Using a clear box and a glow stick. The ideas are endless. You can stick see through stickers, play with shapes, draw, put stickers. You can choose to seal it or allow them to play with the inside contents depending on the age of the child.
9. Stacking rings : This activity is a step down from the ring toss. It was a great activity for my 20 month old but it can be done earlier. This kept him busy for a while. It was one of those activities he wanted to do over and over again. We celebrated each time and he was so proud! ( We are using an empty bottle. No toddlers were harmed in the making of this picture).
10. Crawl tag: If the power goes out running might not be the best idea. Crawling is a great way to slow them down but allow them to have fun too. By crawling they will be forced to use their senses of touch and sound to play.
I would love to know if you used any of these ideas. Feel free to share, tag me or comment below.