Hello moms and dads out there!
Someone else wrote about great activities to do with young kids when you're stuck indoors, and I wanted to share them as you are sitting out this storm...
"Break out ALL the crafts and get busy. Make play dough. Bake with kids until power goes out. Play hide and seek. Play with flashlights. Make shadows. Make a fort. Dress-up games. Freeze dance...."
Here are a few more to add to the list: read books aloud, make up stories and act them out, have a puppet show, do puzzles, make a homemade card for someone, try on halloween costumes, carve pumpkins if you haven't already, invite the neighbors over for a lunch picnic or potluck dinner by candlelight...
If anyone else has other ideas to share, post to our Facebook page!
Finally, if the power goes out as the weather folks say it might, think of the experience as a mini (or extended) Shabbat... lots of family time to hang together without the distraction of electronics. Think of it as a blessing that you're all together, and try and make it an "adventure" for your kids... or at least a good story to tell grandparents about later!
Best of luck to you and your families during the storm.
Cathy Deutschman, RJCC Director of Jewish Life and Celebration