You have all probably experienced a short-term power outage. Even 24 hours with young children around can be a challenge. What if you had to go without power for a week? A month? With ice storms and tornadoes all around us, that is not an impossibility. Fortunately, you are in control right now, and can choose how you want your experience to be. Tense and unpleasant? Or fun and adventurous!
Fun Family Preparedness Activities
*Learn to cook over an open fire. Make this the plan for the next several Family Nights. Involve the children in the prep, the cooking and the clean up. Do the entire meal with no electricity! You can even incorporate fire safety into the activity.
*Make a solar oven and bake a treat.
*Make out a month’s worth of menus, and a plan to stock up. Set aside a special place in the pantry that everyone knows not to dip into – that is your Special Food.
*Go power-free! Turn off the main electrical switch on Friday night and don’t turn it back on until Sunday night. Make a list of all the things you wish had thought of before. Spend the next few family nights shopping, planning and preparing, and then do it again. Did you fare better the second time than the first?
*Compile family-favorite, non-electronic games. If you don’t have any, spend Family Night learning some. Cooperative Games creates and sells board games without the element of competition. The players all have to work together to ‘win’ the game.
*Build a family library. Library access is something we take for granted, but if the power is out where you are, your library may be out of power, too. What are the family’s favorite books? What books can be read over and over without becoming boring? What are your favorite read aloud books? Do you have a good selection of books for each reading level in the family? For all interests in the family? I only buy books that I know I will refer to as needed, or that are good enough to read over and over!
*Build a chicken coop and raise some baby chicks. Teach the children now how to care for livestock. If it becomes essential, they will already be comfortable with their jobs.
*Hatch out some eggs. It is such a glorious day when the first peeps are heard through the shell!!
*Learn to fish by going fishing! Build a worm bed so bait is always available.
*Learn about edible weeds, then have a treasure hunt to find them. Have a picnic salad for lunch!
*Teach fire safety. Have fun with fire extinguishers. Learn how to light candles and lanterns and how to safely carry them from room to room.
*Eat weekly or at least monthly from your stocked up food. That way when you HAVE to eat it, it will not be unfamiliar. Better yet, only store what your family likes to eat!
*Hike. This not only gets children familiar with the outdoors, it builds stamina and strength.
Preparation does not need to be hard or scary or boring. Children need to be just as prepared as adults for hard times. Plan now with fun family activities to make your next power outage as pleasant as possible.