A mother and child play shadow puppets in a fort.


Activities You Can Do In The Dark When The Power Is Out

Sep 28, 2018

There's a power outage and the kids need something to do! With no iPad, no computer, no light — you are forced to be creative. But whether the lights go out for a few hours, or a few days, as parents we can only try to stay calm and make the best of it. And sometimes it is those times when the best memories are made. Here is a roundup of some activities you can do with your kids in the dark.

Create a Book Nook

Triptich featuring three book titles.

Grab a flashlight, or a lantern. Or if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, get that roaring. Have your kids collect some of their favourite reads, and maybe find some new faves in case the power’s out for a while. There's so many great books to choose from! Read about making friends, cool dads, cool moms, sharing, body positivity, unicorns, trucks, love and indigenous cultures

Build a Pretend Campfire Indoors

Making shadow puppets with hand on the wall.

We don't want you to set your house on fire, so this activity requires no actual flame. With a few crafting materials, a light and some ambience, this pretend indoor campfire could be the centrepiece for a cozy space for making crafts, making shadow puppets or whatever floats your boat. You could even make a boat.

Set up a STEM station

An animal made out of recyclables like tissue boxes, yogurt containers and paper towels.

Using recyclable materials (raid that blue bin), you can easily set up a STEM play area where your kids can use their imagination to make whatever their brilliant brains can muster. Or if you just want a craft stations using all recycled materials, here are 10 easy projects!

Spin Some Art

Colourful salad spinner art.

It's a good thing salad spinners don't require any power because that means you can pull yours out of the kitchen cabinet for this simple craft with stunning results. All you'll need besides the salad spinner is paint, some paper plates, a pencil and scissors.

Paint The Tub

Blue paint on a hand.

A nice bath is another power-free activity your little ones can partake in, but with just some shampoo, conditioner, cornstarch and food colouring, you can make that bath an art project. Bring the lantern into the bathroom and start painting in the tub!

Play A Classic Game You Grew Up With

Girl is playing a game with a spoon in her mouth, trying to scoop ping pong balls from one bowl to the other.

Let’s revive a few of our favourite games that we played as kids waaaaay back when. Start with the classic Ping Pong Soup activity. All you need is a handful of ping pong balls, a spoon, cereal bowls and someone to keep count. Next try playing the classic brain teaser game When I Look Through The Green Glass, and see if the kids can figure out the clues! Then finish off with Evolution — which is a variation of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Walk Like An Animal

Child does a crab walk.

Clear space in the family room for this activity! It requires no props, except maybe a flashlight to spotlight your kids showing off their best animals walks.

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