Well since we are getting ready to hunker down for a weekend of wild weather I thought it best to make sure my "Keep a four-year-old busy without electricity kit" was ready. Last time we had a huge storm, Lilly was a few months old and we had no power for 3 days. I figured it's best to be on top of this one. So, this is what I have stocked up on.
Basics: crayons, colored pencils, paper (copy and construction), scissors, glue and Play-Doh...plus:
Coloring books: We have a ton of them. I often pick them up in the Dollar Spot section of Target. They have characters she is familiar with and these are always good stocking stuffers. Right now you can kind some Curious George and Babar ones available.
Yarn: One afternoon in the yard Lilly and I started wrapping fallen tree branches with yarn. There was no reason to do it but it was fun and kept her busy for a good 40 minutes. I picked up some small wooden dowels at the dollar store and think we might make some God's Eye crafts.
Sewing cards: We love these. I found some in a thrift store a few years ago and they are our go to rainy day activity. Cathe at Just Something I Made has printable ones available.
Also good to have: magazines, pasta, comic books, newspapers, markers (fabric ones are always a hit).
How do you keep little ones busy when the weather is not cooperating?