Alaska winters are dark. Very dark. And while, for the most part, our family handles it very well (in my opinion), it is still a necessity to find different things to make the dark fun and exciting! Enter glow in the dark capture the flag. I mean, capture the glow stick.
Finding Inside Fun
It was -15* outside, not really a day to play outside for long periods of time. The kids were all going crazy. We had tried reading books quietly and it was clear that wasn’t what they actually needed. I was at my wit’s end because I am not the naturally creative one in our parenting duo. (Just being honest.) And that’s when Ben got an idea. So grateful he has inspiration in these moments when I’ve got nothin’! Lol.
He went and grabbed some of the glow sticks from our rather extensive stash and gave one to each kid. Obviously, Jules got pink, Jed got red, and James got green. Because favorite colors matter. I think Ben had yellow, which was not his favorite color, but it worked. Hehe. Then he explained the game. It was going to be a version of capture the flag…but instead capture the glow stick was born. Everyone was to hide their glow sticks and then they would search for the other ones! Whoever’s was found last would be the winner.
The Realities of A Complicated Game with Young Children
As you might imagine, playing this with 2, 4, and 6 year olds made for an interesting game. Jules hid her glow stick in the exact same location every single time. And Jed would eventually get impatient that no one had found his and tell everyone the location of his glow stick. James did pretty good and there was a lot of competition between him and Ben!
Yes, it got a little rowdy and interesting. But it was a perfect little activity for the kids to play with their dad when it was freezing cold and mommy really needed to get dinner made! It is definitely going to be an idea that we will keep for cold, dark winter days when the kids need an activity to keep the busy and active!
This would also work played outside in the dark, and more traditionally with teams and only two glow sticks. But for what we needed, playing capture the glow stick where everyone had their own individual glow sticks was perfect for our indoor play. What are your favorite activities for cold, dark days? I’d love to hear some suggestions! And be sure that you follow our Instagram for more creative ideas!