Help kids through storm with old-school activities
Entertaining kids while Hurricane Irma forces them inside can be a challenge, especially once you lose power. But old-school fun such as puzzles, card games and board games are a great way to keep your kids distracted from the storm.
Here are some other ideas to keep your family happy inside:
Treat the weekend like a camping trip, complete with air mattresses, flashlights and shadow puppets. If you lose power and have to cook on a camp stove and pack all your food into coolers, it will just make the “indoor camping” weekend more complete.
Hunker down with another family for an epic play date. Your kids might tire of playing “Uno” or “Crazy 8’s” with each other, but they are likely to stick with friendly competition longer if you add other kids to the mix. Plus, with a larger audience, productions such as skits, talent shows and games of charades are even more fun.
Books, coloring books and crafts are great ways to pass the time. Paint souvenir rocks to hand out after the storm or make friendship bracelets or another craft. Research ideas on Pinterest before the power goes out.
Go for tried-and-true kid-pleasers such as play dough, Lego bricks, fortbuilding, dress-up fun, hide-and-seek and scavenger hunts. Have a danceoff or try a drum circle using some of the many cans of non-perishable food items you bought before the storm.
Get your glow on with glow sticks, personal flash lights and solar lanterns or solar light ropes. These items are fun for kids and help keep fears away after dark if the power is out.
Have anxious kids? Coloring and play dough can be calming activities. Also, teaming your little ones up with family pets can be helpful; remind them to be calm and strong for their furry friends, or have them read aloud to pets if they start to feel uneasy.
Still bored? Take the opportunity to search the house for things to discard or to donate to others affected by the storm, such as gently used clothing and l i nens, t oys and other household items. Having a project focused on the future may help the time inside go faster.