How to Have Fun with Kids When the Power Goes Out

Coping With Hurricane Sandy

1. Show kids how to make shadow puppets using flashlights.

2. Play board games.

3. Play musical instruments.

4. Read a book by candle light or kerosene lantern.

5. Sing songs. Little kids love singing. Come up with funny songs you sang as a kid and teach them to the children. Let the kids teach you some of the songs they sing in school.

6. Play card games. If you’re alone – play solitaire. There are lots of card games you can play. This is a good time to learn a new game or teach someone a card game they’ve been wanting to learn.

7. Work on a jigsaw puzzle. This can be done alone or with others, and can be extra challenging in the darkened conditions.

8. Play charades by candlelight (flashlights are safer around kids). It will add a whole new dimension to the game when you have to stay in a tiny circle of light.

9. Build a tent in the house by putting blankets over tables and furniture. Use flashlights and pretend you’re camping.


  1. i love the shadow puppets idea. if power goes out we won't be able to see this page so i just copied and printed it.

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