I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.
I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.
I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.
I’ve seen streets flood.
I’ve had the power go out.
I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.
We throw Hurricane parties.
Until we have kids.
Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…
Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:
1) Build a Fort or (in my case) Put Up a Tent
We did this when I was a kid and now I do it for my girls. We simply “camp” in the living room.
We have also pulled out our IKEA tunnel and played with that or made an obstacle course with it.
2) Coloring Books
Adult and children’s ones
4) Board Games
Our favorites are The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel and Candyland
5) Disney Movies
We’ve been watching Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.
6) School Work
Since we homeschool, this time was good for us to do some school work.
I had just bought a few new things and printed out some sheets (one had to do with weather), but you could probably plan a whole lesson on weather and hurricanes and tornadoes.
We actually made our own Play-Doh in the kitchen one day (although I DO NOT recommend it LOL)
8) Hair Chalk & Nail Polish (for girls)
My mom had actually brought over some hair chalk that I ended up using one night on the girls.
We also did nail polish and this kept them amused for a while.
9) Roll Change
This one might sound crazy, but we rolled change.
I had a bunch laying around and we needed some extra money for our upcoming cruise, so…
I taught Emma quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies.
We counted how many of each one went into the roll, she learned how much each coin was worth and how many coins make a dollar (or 2 or 50 cents)
We ended up with like $80-something in coins!
10) Jump in Muddy Puddles!
Thanks MeMaw for introducing the kids to Peppa Pig *insert eye roll here*
Put on rain boots, raincoats and break out the umbrellas and let them go wild!