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Last summer my triplets were only a few months old. My husband had left for work one evening when a terrible thunderstorm set in directly over our house. The electricity did the familiar flicker-flicker and then went out. And it stayed out. So there I was, with four month old triplets and a preschooler, and no power. The power was off for several hours, but I actually weathered this hiccup better than I thought that I would. Here we are, in the midst of thunderstorm season once again. The kids are older now, and I think that the triplets would do okay with no electricity, but I can already hear my daughter’s complaints of “I’m bored!” and “What are we going to do?”. I’m taking initiative being proactive this year. I’ve created her a special Creative Preparedness Bag specifically for bad weather situations where the power goes out. The bag contains special items just for her that are also boredom busters. This bag can be customized for each child, but I’ve compiled a list of 6 Items to Include in a Kid’s Creative Preparedness Bag, including a few electronics powered by Duracell.
1. A fun, glow-in-the-dark, creative toy that is “new” to the kiddos. In my daughter’s bag, I’ve included the Crayola Dry Erase Light Up Board. This way, she can play with it even if there are no lights. In actuality, it’s more fun if the power is off. I don’t let her play with it unless there is no electricity. That way the toy is “new” every time that she uses it. The Crayola Dry Erase Light Up Board only takes four AA batteries, so I’ve stocked mine with brand new Duracell batteries to make sure that the toy is ready to go during the next power outage!
2. Flashlights. Flashlights serve double duty- safety and fun! Kids need flashlights when the power goes out, too, so letting them pick out a flashlight especially for them can eliminate fears when there is no electricity. Of course, a good game of flashlight tag never hurt anybody, either! Don’t know how to play flashlight tag? One player has the flashlight. The other players hide, and the flashlight player tries to find the others. Once that player shines a flashlight on a participant, that person becomes “it” and has to look for the others with the flashlight while the first person with the flashlight hides. Sounds like fun, right?
3. Extra batteries. Electronic products mean batteries. A parent’s worst nightmare during a power outage can be an electronic game or flashlight that doesn’t work anymore. Depending on the age of the child, you may want to keep the batteries in your own bag. I stay supplied with Duracell Coppertop AA batteries because those are the ones that the items in our bags use the most.
I have found that buying batteries in bulk at Walmart is the best value (and these handy coupons always help!). Our local Walmart has a battery display up front near the registers. My daughter helped me pick up another pack last week. She’s eying the candy in this photo while we shop for batteries.
4. Creative art items. Crayons, paper, glue, and colored pencils go a long way during a storm. While the above items 1-3 are awesome for night creative play, these items are for great for during the day. Chose lightweight items that can be cut, colored, and folded into different creative shapes and pictures.
5. Snacks. Moms know that we don’t go anywhere or do anything without snacks. My kids eat all the time, and a storm isn’t going to turn off their appetite. I pack bottled water and snacks, and then check the expiration date on the snacks every few months.
6. Imagination. The secret to keeping kids occupied during storms and power outages is to supply them with items that encourage their imagination. When packing the above items, chose items that have defined shapes so that they can double as stencils. These “stencils” can be used with the Crayola Dry Erase Light Up Board or for plain ol’ paper! The simple robot below was stenciled using a box of crayons, a glue container, and a flashlight.
Summer storms and power outages can be scary for kids. But once the fear has subsided, often the boredoom hits! Crush anxiety and boredoom with a Kid’s Creative Preparedness Bag tailored for your own child!