Here in the south we all know the drill: watch the forecast, make an evacuation plan, stock up on supplies. We know to put our patio furniture in the garage and pull our potted plants inside. We have estimating how much gas to get for the generator down to a science. Even with all these preparations, one thing remains … what do we do with our bored children?
They can’t play outside and many have had more weather related school closures this year than ever before. And scarier than any Halloween spook is the threat of no electricity and (gasp!) no WiFi. So while you’re out and about gathering supplies for this latest storm, here are a few extras you can procure now to help beat the boredom later along with some fun family activities that require only your imagination!
“Old School” Activities
I’m constantly reminding my kids that “back in my day” we didn’t have cell phones and apps and endless stimulation at our fingertips. They groan and roll their eyes, but there’s something to be said for this nostalgic brand of entertainment. Chances are, some kids may not have ever even heard of games like charades and Win, Lose, or Draw. Grab some snacks, get everyone in the family involved, grab some board games, and crown your family’s champion. If your kids are younger, make teams or even resort to a family game of hide-and-seek!
Stock Up on Grandpa’s Games
My grandfather could sit for hours playing Sudoku and doing word searches. These brain building games are likely available in app form these days, but you can still find the paperback versions at most bookstores and your local craft stores. Don’t forget how much fun a rousing round of MadLibs can be for kids of all ages. These are inexpensive and can be a go-to supply this storm season.
Weather Focused Activities and Crafts
For little ones, storms can be a very scary thing. One great way to help quell those fears is to teach them about the weather in a fun, age appropriate way. There are tons of STEM activities online for all ages. Some of our favorites are the Hurricane in a Jar – just fill a jar ¼ full of soap and add water the rest of the way up. Let the water overflow until the bubbles are gone and add a drop or two of food coloring. Once the cap is on tightly, shake and watch! You can also check out these free downloadable graphics that get young ones involved in storm prep! For even more crafts and activities, check out these boredom busters as well.
Don’t forget the Library!
Now’s a great time to check out that novel you’ve been dying to read but haven’t had time. While you’re there, grab some books for the kids. Reading can be a great escape from reality and you can always spice it up my making a blanket fort and grabbing flashlights! If reading isn’t your thing, check out a cook book and try out some new recipes as a family – especially if you’ve lost power and want to use ingredients before they spoil!
While storm season can be stressful for us here in the south, it also sometimes forces us to slow down a little. What better way to make the most of a bad situation than to unplug, unwind, and spend it with your family!