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How to entertain a child when the power goes out


Sometimes it happens that as soon as parents come home after a hard day’s work, finish all the chores around the house, and decide to spend time with their little one, suddenly the power goes out. In this case, there are two ways to solve the problem: go to bed, trying to occupy the child with cartoons on the phone, or not give up on your plans and have fun with the child.

Fun games to play with kids when the power is out

There are plenty of games that parents can organize to keep their child entertained when the power goes out. Let’s take a closer look at some of them:

  • “Signals” – a game designed for four players. Players must create two teams and come up with a signal for themselves that they will need to transmit to each other using a flashlight. For example, one bright flash followed by two long ones. Then, one player from each team leaves the room, and when they return, the remaining players demonstrate the signal, and the returning players must remember which team they belong to.
  • “Guess the item” – a game that can use a basket of toys that the child has. Instead of toys, you can use a comb, a remote, a phone, school supplies, clothes, and many other items. Players take turns taking out items from the box and trying to guess what they are holding. You can check the accuracy of the answer using a flashlight or a candle. This is a great game to play without electricity.
  • “Continue the drawing” – a game designed for any number of players, so it can be played by two people or the whole family. Under the light of a candle, the first player draws one detail of an object, and subsequent players, guessing on the go, add another detail each. If family members didn’t understand what they were drawing at first, the end result is usually quite funny.
  • “Traffic light” – another great idea for entertaining children when there’s no power. For this game, you’ll need two flashlights and some red and green sticky tape. Stick the red tape onto one flashlight and the green onto the other. The leader goes to one end of the room while the rest of the team goes to the other. The leader turns off the flashlight and says “Green light,” and the players start moving. After a while, the leader turns on the flashlight and announces that the red light is on – the players must freeze in place. If someone doesn’t stop in time, they become the last in line. The family member who reaches the leader first wins.
  • “Limbo” – the goal of this game is to pass under a string without touching it. It’s all done to music. When there’s no power, you can use a flashlight’s beam directed towards the opposite wall instead of a string. Once all family members have passed under the beam, lower the flashlight. Kids really enjoy this process.
  • “Telephone” – a game familiar to everyone from childhood. What to do with children when there’s no power? The answer is simple: play telephone. Sit comfortably next to each other on the couch and whisper a word to your neighbor, who passes it on down the line. The last player’s task is to name the original word.
  • “Neon bowling” – here, the main items are neon bracelets or sticks, plastic bottles, and a ball. Place the sticks in the bottles, arrange them in a row, and try to knock them down with the ball. The rules can specify how to knock down the “pins” – by number or by color. It’s an excellent option for playing in the dark.
  • “Guess the Melody” is also a childhood game. Family members should sing out loud the words of their favorite songs, and the other players should guess the name or the performer of the song. In case there are any difficulties with guessing, hints are allowed. To make the process more exciting, you can organize competitions for speed and number of guessed compositions.
  • “Hide and Seek” is an excellent way for parents who are wondering how to entertain their child when the lights are out. All kids love to play hide and seek. They love to hide under the bed, in closets, behind curtains – anywhere they can fit. It is in the dark that they can do it so that other players will search for the little one as long as possible.
  • “Jenga” is a game for more patient and focused children. The essence is that players take turns laying wooden sticks on top of each other so that the structure does not fall. The more players, the more exciting the process, and the higher the tower. When the blocks are finished, and the tower is standing, the players take their blocks back in turn, trying not to drop the entire structure. A great entertainment without light.
  • “Letters on the Flashlight” – it is not recommended to read anything in the absence of light, but it is always useful to repeat the alphabet or play this game with a child. To play this game, parents should cut out letters and attach them one by one to the glass of the flashlight so that a specific letter is clearly visible on the ceiling. The child will enjoy guessing them, having fun, and spending time with benefit.
  • Learning poems or counting games. Turning off the lights is the perfect time to teach a child a poem or a new counting game. Such activities develop memory and logical thinking while helping to pass the time before sleep.
  • Creating stories. We all love to fantasize, and children especially do. With an older child, you can try to create scary stories, using a flashlight to make the atmosphere in the room more mysterious and mysterious. If you use your imagination, you can come up with many ways to entertain children when there is no light.
  • “Light at the End of the Tunnel.” There are currently many toys that work on batteries and glow in the dark. Using simple skills, you can experiment in every way, creating different figures and situations.

Responsible parents will always figure out how to occupy their children by candlelight. For a child, it is not essential which game adults choose because the main thing is communication with family members and attention to each other.

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