Question for you: What is the hottest toy on the market right now?
I’ll give you a hint: It’s not a $30+ item that laughs when you tickle it. You can actually find this awesome toy for less than $5 in almost any discount store in the world.
Give up? Okay, I’ll tell you! It’s a flashlight!
Hold on now, before you close out the screen for wasting your time, at least give me a chance to explain. You ever buy a huge expensive toy for your kid, only for them to just want to play with the box? Well, it’s based on that principal. Case in point: Not long ago, we bought our son an Innotab, which is the children’s version of a tablet. It has some pretty good games and he absolutely loved it- for about five minutes. He quickly got tired of the games and we were basically
forced incentivized to purchase a number of
game cartridges (between $30-$40) just to keep him interested in using it. Moral of the story? Sometimes,
keeping it simple is best. The dark has
a pretty bad rap for being scary and mysterious. However with a flashlight,
there are a many creative games that will keep your kids entertained throughout the night
(at least until it’s time for bed).
1. Make shadow puppets
Shadow puppetry has been a popular form of entertainment all over the world for many centuries. Whether it's making your own , or making hand shadow puppets, you can create all sorts of characters.
2. Shadow (Sensory) guessing game
These particular activities are both stimulating and also sensory. First, you can shine various objects like toys through the flashlight and have your child guess what it is. The other game would involve having your child identify an object based on texture (ex. rough, smooth, bumpy).
|Can you guess who this character is?|
3. Tell silly stories
4. Hide and go seek
This is probably my favorite: We turn off all the lights in the house and either my wife or I are partnered with my son (so he won’t be afraid) as the “hider” or “seeker”. He is using the flashlight to look for the other parent or to find a nice hiding spot.
This is what all the young adults do in the night clubs, sans alcohol and ecstasy (so I hear). For safety, I recommend you do this is an open space. Simply turn on some fun music, turn off the lights and twirl your flashlights is various ways to make all types of light trails. Trust me, it's super fun.
So next time there blackout in your neighborhood or need an activity to do while camping or before bed, never fear; just pull out your handy dandy flashlight and you’re guaranteed have hours of fun with your kids.