cartoongirl Posted April 28, 2006 Share Posted April 28, 2006 Entertainment You have planned to or have already stocked up on food, water, extra fuel, perhaps a generator, medical supplies, personal security, finances. You have reviewed family plans, maybe even took a course in first aid. How about a family practice. It has been a breeze so far, but you are not at the lake where you can go swimming or riding your bike down the bike trails or flying a kyte at the park. At this point you starting to get a little bored, cannot surf the channels, no television. Cannot go on the computer...remember the power is not working. So the question is "how will you entertain yourselves". In todays world many children/youth do not know how to play card games. What a perfect time to teach them. Be sure to keep a few decks of cards on hand. Of course depending on the ages in your family, you may want to stalk up on play dough, coloring books, crayons, chalk, board games, crossward puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, paint by number sets, a crib board. A large selection of craft supplies, scizzors glue, paper, stickers. Treasure chest full of costumes. Sharades is another great idea for old and young alike. Learn sign language. Be sure to have enough batteries! MP3 players and hand held battery games like gameboy, childrens battery operated toys. A large supply of batteries is crucial. There are many great skills to learn at this time such as knitting, crocheting, beading. There are some great kits out there you can purchase for a reasonable price. You can never have to many books, magazines or educational tools on hand. Any projects on hand that you have been meaning to tackle, renovations. Be sure to have tools on hand as you won't be able to venture out to purchase any. Homeschooling your children: There is a great source of educational tools out there. Books, cd's, educational board games. Add a chalk board and some chalk to give a more formal feeling to the room. Homeschooling yourself. There are alot of great cd's, and educational books to challenge yourself to learn a new language/skill. Something new and to keep your mind busy. Don't forget the goodies. Hard candy are good keepers. Don't forget about the adults in your home as well. Special coffees, sweets or spirits or maybe some lovely scented hand or body cream. Don't forget the power of "surprises". Instant gratification. Have many on hand tucked away. These do not have to be expensive. Dollar store items, treats, small toys, bubbles, a cool pen etc. There is so much out there that you can put away today for a rainy day tomorrow. Link to comment
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