What kind of activities can we do that aren't too messy??

Amy - posted on 08/29/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




Well we're going on hour 36 without power from the tropical storm that hit our state and we're being told it could be till Saturday before we get power back. So I'm looking for activities that aren't really messy for my 5 year old to do throughout the day. We live in the country so we won't have water till the power comes back on so that means no baths!!! Any suggestions would be grateful because he's getting really cranky at this point!


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Elizabeth - posted on 08/30/2011




Have you made forts with sheets and chairs yet? That's my only suggestion right now, but I'll try to think of some more.

Mary Renee - posted on 08/29/2011




Imagination Pretend Time. Try reading her a book, particularly a really fun one, say with knights or kings and fairies and princess and "play" princess. Let her use pillow cases and scarves as dress up and play pretend with her, be the "horse" and give her knight a piggy back ride. Help her enjoy it by asking her questions and making suggestions. Ask her "What would a princess do for fun?" "What would you do if you were a fairy and had magical powers?" Build a fort out of couch cushions and blankets. It can be a castle, or a school, or a hospital... as long as it isn't the "norm" it's going to be special.

After that gets old try a new book, maybe this one is about cats or animals, and then play pretend like you're animals. Where would you go if you were a cat? Pretend you're traveling to the moon. You wouldn't have electricity on the moon. Go outside and pretend the ground is lava and you have to jump from place to place.

Think of scenarios where there would not be electricity. Tell your daughter we are "pretending" we're in the colonial times and we have to make dinner with out electricity.

I hate to sound completely like Barney or Seasame Street but there are a LOT of ways to have fun if you use your imagination and pretend. Good luck! Hope this helps!

I remember times our electricity would go off because of storms or what not and they are some of the funnest memories of my childhood. Another idea? LEGOS!!!!!! During power outages I played with legos and kNex until it was too dark to see.

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