35 Fun Things To Do With Kids When You Lose Power

P1110523The kids are home, the electricity is out, and they can’t go outside. Now what? Here are some ideas for keeping kids occupied when there is no power. Some are better for specific ages… use your own judgment. Plan ahead for those that require recipes or supplies.

  1. Sing silly songs
  2. Have a parade
  3. Dress up
  4. Put on a puppet show
  5. Pull out the coloring books
  6. Play charades
  7. Have a picnic in the living room
  8. Make a blanket fort
  9. Read a book
  10. Have a scavenger hunt
  11. Create an obstacle course
  12. Start a journal
  13. Make a treasure map and some clues and send kids on a hunt
  14. Play a board game
  15. Make your own board game
  16. Write letters to/make cards for Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/Friends
  17. Make a movie
  18. Play cards
  19. Tell scary stories
  20. Roast marshmallows over the fire(place)
  21. Do origami
  22. Make a bowling game out of water bottles
  23. Blow bubbles
  24. Produce a play
  25. Do some scrapbooking
  26. Have a talent show
  27. Host a tea party (pretend, of course)
  28. Play hide and seek
  29. Make (and sculpt with) play dough
  30. Roll coins
  31. Learn to knit/crochet
  32. Play old-school games – Chinese jump rope, marbles, Cat’s Cradle, hopscotch
  33. Make (egg-free) chocolate chip cookie dough and eat it raw
  34. Teach kids to tie shoes, braid hair, measure flour, or some other useful skill
  35. Make paper snowflakes

What are your favorite activities to do with the kids that require no electricity?

2 Responses to 35 Fun Things To Do With Kids When You Lose Power
  1. maryanne @ mama smiles
    November 3, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    This is an awesome list. I still need to teach my poor six-year-old how to tie shoes. I’ve been lazy because her shoes have velcro!

  2. Duncan Faber
    February 20, 2013 | 12:44 am

    When we lose power, it’s iPod time in my house! We always have our iPod charged, so it’s easy for my daughter to listen to an audiobook. We have tons loaded on there. I even found some great short stories that are free at http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/stories-for-kids. Download them and listen to them whenever you want.