So as the first day moved on and there was no sight of power coming back on anytime soon, I had to try and figure out how to keep my kids warm and entertained at the same time. Now that's one large task as kids now a days don't know how to live without that power. NO.... t.v., video games, music, computer, etc. And of course we couldn't go down to the play room in our basement to play because along with the fun weather and power outage meant we had a soaking wet basement cause out sump pumps were unable to run.
So mommy (me) was on a mission to entertain this little ones as much as I could. We did everything from reading about a million books to coloring about 10 million pictures (OK I know that was extreme numbers but after the first 8 hours of doing it, one really does get tired of it, no matter how much you enjoy them). So as i lay there while we have quiet time, I was trying to figure out what w should once they all wake up again. Here is what the following day and a half consisted of:
- Many rounds of hide and go seek
- Building a large fort out of blankets and pillows
- Playing catch the bad guy and put them in jail (of course our jail was under the blanket, so one could stay warm)
- Ring around the Rosie
- Duck duck goose (not to easy to play with only 3 people!)
- Building towers out of Lego
- Practicing our printing and sight words (my oldest is in grade 1)
- Watching the vehicle get stuck at the corner of our street, we even had a large semi get stuck, the kids thought that was crazy, how a big vehicle like that could get stuck
- Of course more coloring and reading happened too!
None the less, it might have been a long cold weekend for us. We were able to learn and teach the kids, on should never take for granted what we have cause many people in this world have to live the way we did for those 63 hours all the time. It was a joy to have so much fun with the kids, but we were glad to have power back on in the end.
How to play Ring around the Rosie
What you need: All you need for this game is a group of children. This game can be played both indoors and outdoors.
How to play: The children join hands in a circle and walk around the circle singing, "Ring around the Rosie, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down." When the word "down" is sung, children must stop walking and sit down.
The rules: Don't sit down until the end of the song.
How to win: The last person standing is out of the game, and the game continues until one person remains.
How to play Duck, Duck, Goose
Objective:The objective of Duck Duck Goose is for the person who is the ‘Picker’ to take the place of a player sitting in the circle.
Game Layout:Players sit in a circle facing inwards while one player, the picker, walks around the circle and touches each of the sitting players in turn, calling them either a ‘Duck’ or a ‘Goose’.
Game Description:Then the Goose is named, the Goose must get up and chase the Picker back to where they were seated. If the Picker gets to the spot and sits down before the Goose can catch them, then the Goose becomes the new Picker and the game continues. If the Goose manages to tag the Picker before the Picker can sit down, then the Goose may sit down again and the Picker resumes walking around the circle declaring Ducks and Geese.
Rules:The Goose must get up and chase the Picker. In a normal game the Picker and the Goose must run in the same direction around the circle.Many variations of Duck Duck Goose can be played. For example, ‘Duck’Duck Grey Duck’ is a variation where the Grey Duck replaces the Goose, and other Ducks are described by an adjective, eg
Rag Tag is a very similar game, but instead of calling out Ducks and Geese, the Picker drops a rag or cloth behind one child, who must pick it up and try to Tag the picker. Duck Duck Goose can be played in numerous variations by replacing the words, eg Ninja Ninja Pirate, Elf Elf Santa etc. This can be done to suit a theme at parties and other events.