10 Things to do when you lose Power

If you are the parent of small children and have ever lost power before, then you know how tedious it can be to entertain them while the power is off. Winter storms are notorious for causing power outages and while we haven’t lost power yet, cities all around us have been struggling with outages. I’ve compiled this list of 10 things to do when you lose power.


  • Build forts – All kids love blanket forts, right? Strip those beds, get the sheets out of the closet and let your little ones build a massive blanket fort. If you are feeling creative, hang some battery powered LED lights inside for a nice effect.

  • Play card games – UNO, Go Fish, Apples to Apples, whatever you have, kids love hands on activities.
  • Make crafts – You can make something as simple as a paper heart to decorate, or craft something more complicated. Kids enjoy crafts of all kinds. I like to keep pre-made packages of crafts around the house. Dollar stores are great for finding small packages of crafts (think puppet kits, ornaments, etc.) If you can’t purchase these, then make them yourself. Simply put everything you need to complete a craft inside a plastic storage bag, and bring it out when needed. Power outages are a great time to have these on hand.
  • Go on a nature walk – If the weather permits, then get outside! The sunshine will lift your spirits and the children will enjoy the time outdoors. Before you leave, make a list of things to watch for. For example; a red leaf on a tree, a ladybug, a mud puddle. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Even the smallest kids can find things in nature.
  • Read a book – When we go to the library we usually get about 10 books. Most of them are stories that take less than 10 minutes to read, so we read a few at a time. If your children are old enough to read on their own, allow them to read by themselves, or let them help read to the younger ones.
  • Write a story – Come together and write a story. Start off with one sentence, and go around in a circle allowing everybody to add another sentence. Try to make the story as fun and silly as possible.
  • Scavenger hunt – Give the children a  list and let the hunt begin. If your children are especially fond of arguing, as mine are sometimes, then add different items to each child’s list. When one child finishes his/her list then let them help the others.
  • Play charades – Who doesn’t enjoy a game of charades? Chose from a certain topic (animals, sports, etc.) or write specific things on pieces of paper. Remember to keep it as fun as possible. Having fun makes the time go by faster!
  • Have a dance contest –  Turn the music up and start dancing. If you don’t have a way to play music without power, then let somebody make the music, or just dance with out it.
  • Fire up the grill and have a mini camp-out – If the weather permits, fire up a grill and enjoy a little time outside by the fire. Roast marshmallows, serve s’mores, whatever your family enjoys.

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