It’s not great when there is loadshedding during the middle of a work day; but at night, or when you have a day off, it is the perfect time to spend time together as a family. Make it fun! Teach your children to always look on the ‘bright side’, even if the only brightness is a few candles.
Here are 15 Things you can do with your Family when the Lights go out
- Have a candlelit dinner together and talk about the day. If you haven’t prepared ahead of time, you may need to opt for a summer salad instead, but time around the table together is always good.
- Play boardgames. After supper, get some boardgames out for some fun and laughter. Here are some links to a few games we have reviewed recently: Qwirkle, Bananagrams, Mobi, Rory’s Story Cubes, Pencil Nose & Magformers (not quite a boardgame, but great for little kids)
- Build a blanket fort with blankets, sheets and pillows. You may wish to do this before you play games so you can play inside the fort.
- Draw or paint together.
- Make a family tree. You can also download the Family Search App and do it digitally.
- Tell jokes. Young children will really enjoy those punny dad jokes.
- Make a flipbook. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to do this but you can even do just a simple flipbook. My family has been having fun with flipbooks (and stop animation – video to follow soon).
- Girl Time. Mom and the girls may want to have some pamper time and paint their nails. Dad can join in too if he is game, haha.
- Dance off! If you have a battery-operated radio, turn to a station with music you can dance to and have fun.
- Go for a walk. If it is still light, go for a walk and get some fresh air. If there is a park nearby, stop at the park.
- Call loved ones. We are always so busy with school, work and life! Loadshedding offers the perfect opportunity to connect with family.
- Colour-in. Colouring books are fun and therapeutic for both kids and adults alike. Get out those colour pencils and see what you can create!
- Play charades. Charades is a great game which will get the family laughing and communicating better.
- Have a braai. This wouldn’t be a South African list without mentioning a braai. Sit outside together, braai supper, roast marshmallows and have fun chatting together.
- Play 20 Questions. Think of an object, let your family members figure out what it is by asking you 20 questions.
Life goes by so quickly, enjoy the little moments 💕