10 Things for Kids to Do When the Power is Out

For whatever reason, our neighborhood loses power pretty frequently so I always have to have some tricks up my sleeves. As soon as there is a threat for a storm, I start gathering all of the things for the kids to do when the inevitable happens.

The power goes out!

And not just for a few minutes! The iPads won’t work! Forget NetFlix! What are the kids to do! Oh the horror!

10 Things for Kids to Do When the Power is Out

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I always have a few things up my sleeve to help pass the time when the power is out. From crafts to games to simply reading books, I make sure that we are ready to get through the power being out…together. It’s a great opportunity to get some quality family time in…in between bailing out the sump pump!

Spot It!: This is a family favorite for any time! It’s easy for every member of the family to play and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. I like to throw this in my purse when we go out to eat to pass the time while we wait for our food as well.


Shadow Puppets: The kids started doing this on their own the last time we lost power! They had a lot of fun trying to come up with new shapes and animals while the rest of us guessed.


Shadow Puppet Theater: Take your shadow puppets to the next level by making them a theater! All you need is a cardboard box (like  cereal box), scissors, tape, wax paper, and either straws, craft sticks, or skewers. Use a flashlight as your light source and get creative!

All About Me Book: Print out a copy of this book that the kids can fill out and color in. This free printable book is fun to do anytime but is also a fun way to document their experience.

All about Me Printable Book
Hangman: If you are going to make a Power Outage Boredom Buster kit, make sure you throw a dry erase board in there. It’s perfect to play Hangman on and even Tic-Tac-Toe.

Flashlight Dance: If it’s really dark, grab some glow in the dark sticks or necklaces and have a dance party! Keeping the experience light and fun will help the kids not get scared once the sun goes down.

Go on Treasure Hunt – What kid doesn’t like to play Pirates? I know mine does! When the power goes out, hide a favorite toy and draw a map to find the treasure! I can see this occupying him for a while.

printable treasure map

Read: It’s the easiest thing to do on the list! Read out loud to the kids, read to yourself, whatever you do, just read!

Mad Libs: My kids are just getting into Mad Libs and really understanding what makes them so funny. Take turns filling in the story and the whole family will have a laugh!

Camp Out in the Living Room: It can be a little scary at night when the power is out. Set everyone up in the living room with sleeping bags and have a camp out in the living room. Bonus points if you set up some tents or forst for the kids.

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  1. Check out 3dinosaurs.com! She has an insane amount of stuff. We already printed a few of her packs out for our little one.

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