You’re sat downstairs on a Saturday evening. Everyone in the family is in the living room watching Netflix on the 4K television. Suddenly the power goes out and the whole room is covered in darkness. You look at your phone and it’s only 5pm. It’s too late to go out and do something but it’s too early to call it a night and go to bed. The children haven’t even had their dinner yet, so what do you do to keep them entertained? First off you need to fill your room with light, so go and grab some torches, some candles and hopefully a portable LED lamp. After you have restored some kind of light in the room and wait for the power to come back on, try to think of things you could do as a family to pass the time. Far from what you might think, you don’t need to succumb to the boredom and whip out a plain writing book to play naughts and crosses.

A little bit of strategy

Many people find that board games really come alive when there is strategy at play. The usual way of these games is to include die rolls followed by the drawing of cards that give the play features. Then, moving their pieces on the board to play out their owns strategy. Children are far more intelligent than we give them credit for, so don’t overlook that your kids might have more fun playing this kind of board game than say connect 4. One of the best strategy games is Risk. it’s essentially about world domination, and players each have their own starting base. Depending on their personality, the player can play it safe and manage a strong powerful country, or risk it all by trying to go about taking over other parts of the board where other players have their pieces.

Taking your time

When there’s a power outage, there are usually some people who just want to chill and others that want to do something that’s not too taxing. Your partner may want to go into the kitchen and get a glass of wine while you can do something which involves taking your time for the ultimate reward. For example, gibsons jigsaw puzzles have picturesque paintings such as a Night In Paris by the river, or beautiful pictures of the UK and it’s various landmarks. These can come in 500 to 1000 piece puzzles. They’re not too long and they’re not too short either and with each piece fitted you reveal something that you can recognize.

Map and teams

A game that everyone can play and learn something is a map quiz. This game is about guessing which country is which on a blank map. You can divide into teams and communicate with each other to make the right calls. It’s simple but involves knowledge and teamwork.

The blackout won’t be forever but it might be for hours. So if there’s still time in the day, get a game like Risk that involves strategy or perhaps something more laidback and rewarding over time such as a classic jigsaw puzzle.

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