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Create an Emergency Entertainment Kit!

Keep kids busy in an emergency with these simple ideas.

What do you do with the kids when:

the power goes out?

you're stuck at the airport?

you're stranded in your car during a snowstorm?

you've been evacuated to a temporary shelter due to a natural disaster?

for whatever reason, your kids are without their usual toys and diversions?

If you're not prepared, children will likely find their own creative ways to occupy their time: whining about how bored they are, harassing siblings, or tearing up whatever is nearby.

With a bit of advance preparation and some simple toys, you can create an emergency entertainment kit that makes downtime pass quickly and gives kids something creative and stimulating to do.

Things to Pack

Here are some inexpensive, easy-to-find items to put in an emergency entertainment kit.

a deck of playing cards

a small guide to card games and rules of play

a handkerchief to use as a blindfold, a flag, a blanket, a headband, etc.

a small flashlight for playing flashlight tag, making shadow puppets, as a lantern in a tent (Insert the batteries inserted backward to prevent the flashlight from turning on)

sidewalk chalk

a couple of ping-pong balls for playing catch, blowing races, spoon races, table soccer, etc.

a notepad and pens, pencils, crayons, or washable markers

a Chinese jump rope

a bag of balloons for playing catch, Keep It Up, etc.

a tape measure for marking off playing areas, measuring things in the room, etc.

jacks

a yo-yo

dice

a Frisbee or Nerf ball

nail polish, cotton balls, barrettes, clips, comb and brush for playing salon

comfort items, like small stuffed animals

paper cups for tossing games, stacking contests, relay races, etc.

paper plates to draw on, for flying discs, masks, etc.

straws for blowing relays, pick-up sticks, etc.

a book of read-aloud stories

small packages of nonperishable snacks

WHN Tip: Keep your entertainment kit in a waterproof bag or backpack near other emergency supplies. Add some to your car emergency kit or a carry-on bag - just in case.

Games To Play (no equipment needed!)

Categories

Simon Says

Scavenger Hunt

Twenty Questions

I Spy

Telephone

Duck, Duck, Goose

Red Light, Green Light

Blind Man's Bluff

Follow the Leader

Charades

Low-Tech Fun!

Here are some other activities that require little or no equipment and can keep kids or whole families busy for hours.

Playing school or office

Putting on a play or talent show

Having a sing-along

Telling a chain story

Taking a walk

Why Play Is Important

Along with keeping children constructively occupied, an emergency entertainment kit can help kids in other ways:

Sports and large-motor activities have been proven to be an effective form of trauma therapy and stress relief.

Structured activities provide a sense of comfort and security to children whose regular lives have been turned upside-down.

Interacting with parents and siblings in a new pastime can bring families closer together and open up new lines of communication — especially important when a family is under stress.

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