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With Hurricane Matthew affecting so many, families are going to find themselves stuck inside with stir-crazy kids. Here are 7 ideas to have fun with the kids.

7 ideas for having fun with kids while stuck indoors

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We live six miles from the beach here in South Carolina. On Tuesday, our schools notified us that they’d be shut down through Friday. As it happens, Monday is a teacher work day so the kids will be home a total of 6 days–a couple of which looks like we’ll be stuck inside.

As we’ve listened attentively to our governor the last couple of days, trying to figure out if we’d be evacuated, we are relieved to learn that we do not yet have to evacuate. Though we will still be experiencing high winds and torrential rain, we are hoping the worst of it will be a loss of power.

Read this in my boys’ language: No video games.

Seven ways to have fun with your kids indoors while being stuck inside whether it's during a hurricane, blizzard or just a cozy family day at home.

Since I am like a super mom and can foresee the chaos that would ensue should this event occur, I went to Walmart yesterday on a mission to find board games and electricity-free fun. On senior citizen day. Hours after our entire town was urged to shop for essentials.

Yeah, I did that.

While that part of the superstore wasn’t that scary yet, I had a few minutes to peruse the shelves. Clue popped out at me. But, I think my kids may be too young. Pie Face! While that seems fun, I wasn’t really feeling it. How would we wash all of that whipped cream off our clothes if we had no power and thus, no washing machine! I saw Simon and Uno, but I think we already have that at home–there were so many to choose from.

But, which games could we really have fun with? Like, Life. The whole family loves Life! And which games are just going to drive dad or I or grandma and grandpa crazy? Like Don’t Break the Ice because my kids get bored and end up chasing one another around the house with the plastic mallets.

With some thought, I finally settled on the following in hopes of keeping two energetic boys happy and entertained while we’re hunkered down for this hurricane.  

Jumbling Tower

The Jumbling Tower is essentially Jenga. The game of building blocks into a tall and mighty tower, then taking turns to strategically pull out a block one-by-one anxiously awaiting which player will cause the inevitable collapse.

Like Jenga, you build a tower of out of wood pieces and remove one block at a time attempting not to knock the whole tower down.

 

Super 3D Puzzle

Most of the puzzles we do happen to be in the dead of winter and before we had a toddler in the family. I figure, this is a great activity to keep the kids engaged bit by bit throughout the time we’re indoors.

This 3d puzzle is a fun way to bring the whole family together. Plus, it's an activity you can leave when the kids get figity and come back to later.

 

Would You Rather? Picture Card Game

This just seems like the perfect game for lots of laughter with my 6- and 7-year-old. We already make-up this sort of game in the car sometimes. My oldest will ask, “Would you rather be stuck at the tippy top of the tallest mountain or alone on a scorching deserted island?”

Would you rather picture card game. Stay entertained while hunkered down for Hurricane Matthew

Deck of Cards

A good ol’ classic deck of cards. There are plenty of card games out there to learn…but I’ll need electricity in order to Google them all!

A good ol' classic deck of cards. There are plenty of card games out there to learn...but I'll need Google to discover them all!

 

Decorating Cookies

For this time of year, we chose Halloween cookie cutters, sprinkles and food coloring perfect for creating the best bat and pumpkin cookies imagined.

Halloween cookie cutters, sprinkles and food coloring perfect for creating the best bat and pumpkin cookies imagined.

 

Large poster boards 

Melissa & Doug poster boards to create masterpiece paintings! Step it up above just paper and let the kids go wild with their imagination. Why not have them create their best hurricane works of art.

Melissa & Doug poster boards to create masterpiece paintings! Step it up above just paper and let the kids go wild with their imagination. Why not have them create their best hurricane works of art.

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Books

The “Choose your own adventure” books are the best at keeping the kids’ attention when it comes to reading. When you’ve had enough of games and art and playing, get lost in one of these stories.

The "Choose your own adventure" books are the best at keeping the kids' attention when it comes to reading. When you've had enough of games and art and playing, get lost in one of these stories. 

So whether you’re stuck indoors because of Hurricane Matthew or an upcoming winter storm, with or without electricity, bring back the games, books and art for some family fun. 

Are you hunkering down for Hurricane Matthew? In what ways are you planning on having fun with your kids while stuck inside?


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