If you’ve ever experienced a blackout, been stuck at the airport, been stranded at home or in your car during a snow storm, or have been stuck with the kids where they have nothing to do, chances are, you’ve already been through a lot of whining, and bickering from your children. The fact is kids get bored easily. As a mom, it is wise to prepare an emergency entertainment kit that you can pull out whenever you face situations similar to those mentioned above.
Ideally, you can store the following items in a waterproof bag or backpack near your emergency supplies or inside the car:
- A deck of playing cards
- A list of games that don’t need special equipment of tools like Simon Says, Twenty Questions, I Spy, Follow the Leader, Red Light, Green Light, Telephone, and Scavenger Hunt.
- A handkerchief to use as a blindfold, a flag, a blanket, a headband, etc.
- Nail polish, cotton balls, barrettes, clips, comb and brush for playing salon
- A notepad and pens, pencils, crayons, or washable markers
- Tape measure for marking off playing areas, measuring things in the room, etc.
- A yo-yo
- Small stuffed animals
- Paper cups, paper plates and straws for various games and arts and crafts
- A book of read-aloud stories
- Small packages of nonperishable snacks
- Sidewalk chalk
- Ping-pong balls for playing catch, blowing races, spoon races, table soccer, etc.
Additionally, you can introduce your kids to several activities that trigger their creativity and imagination like putting up plays and talent shows, playing school or office, having a sing-along and even telling a chain story.