Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Make a Preparedness FUN Kit!

You've heard of an emergency 72-hour kit. How about a FUN kit?  

Laughter is medicine for the soul. When a crisis happens, children need comfort and distraction to help them calm down and cheer up. Having a portable kit filled with options for fun games and activities to bring cheer and laughter will be a blessing to your whole family. 

Here's a checklist of items I used. You may have these items already, or can easily them up on your next trip to Wal-Mart. 

1. A list of games that need little or no props.

I created the first part of this list years ago for our school's emergency backpacks for each class. I recently added more options and made the list into a little booklet. Click here for the printable list you see below. I printed mine into a booklet that is folded and stapled. 

2. Deck of UNO cards.

3. Ball(s). I found some small balls in the party favor section at Wal-Mart. 

4. Dice. You can find small sets at Walmart, or 100 dice for under $10 on Amazon.

5. Jump rope(s).

6. Something to draw with like a notebook or stack of index cards, and a few pens. 

All in a gallon-size freezer Ziplok bag or a bin. 

This kit makes a great gift for preparedness-minded friends or family! It's easy and inexpensive to put together several at once.

If you want even more options, here are other ideas you may want to add to make a bigger fun kit. 

I used a two-gallon ziptop bag for this bigger kit for my family. 

  • Print some riddles and jokes. I found some here and printed them into a small booklet. 
  • Print some conversation starter questions. I found some here and here. You could cut the questions into strips to pull out one at a time from a zip-top bag, or leave them as is. 
  • Mad Libs game workbooks. 
  • Flashcards
  • Printable games like Scrabble or ancient board games. Google will have plenty of ideas here. 
  • Mini travel games like chess and checkers
  • Look in your game cupboard to see if you already have any travel games or duplicates of favorite small games. 
  • Elastic bands for boys to flip at each other. Need I say more? 
  • A collapsible frisbee
  • Make a three-way dice for our family''s favorite party combination game of Taboo and Pictionary and Charades. We haven't figured out a name for the game, but the die has "act, draw, Taboo" written on it. Players roll the die and follow that word to help their team guess their word. You could get Pictionary or Taboo cards for this game from a thrift store, or just make up words.

May I offer one suggestion? 

You may want to show this to your kids so they're comforted and even excited to know there's something fun tucked away for emergencies, but don't let them get into it. When a crisis comes, pull out just one game or activity to keep them busy and happy. Later pull out another, and later another. This will keep the novelty and surprise factor going. And of course make time to play the games WITH your children when you can.

Click here for more ideas about preparedness. 

Feel free to comment below with your thoughts about a preparedness fun kit, or if you have another idea to add! 


Marinann said...

Do you have a link to a pdf of the list? I would love that rather than a picture. Thanks! Marinann Castillo

Maggie Bacher said...

yay! thank you! adding to our fhe games! my daughter is taking this list and our list to young women tonight.

Anonymous said...

Much appreciated ~ thank you for taking the time to compile this list, and for sharing it. :)