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10 fun things to do if your power goes out

WITH talk of storms all over the place, there's a good chance some of us could be without power if they happen. 

Why not take the time to reconnect with nature and people?

1. Board games by torchlight

An easy one during the day, but at night, why not light some candles or turn on a torch and revisit board and card games you haven't touched because of that Candy Crush addiction.

2. Take turns telling a story

This one works across all age groups - kids can easily enjoy it and groups of adults can make it as witty and outlandish as they please.

For the single word version (say you have a group of four people) each person says one word that slowly builds a story, often with a hilarious outcome.

For the slightly less jarring version, you can take turns adding a sentence at a time to build your fictional story.

3. Play the alphabet game

Take a sheet of paper and rule it into columns for four categories - movies, things, foods and places.

Set a timer for one minute, and everyone starts off by getting one minute to list something in each category starting with the letter A.

After the minute, everyone compares their answers, getting one point for each and deleting a point for each one that someone else also had.

Then move on to all the other letters of the alphabet till you get to Z.

The player with the most points wins.

4. Go wildlife spotting

As long as the weather is clear, head outside (use torches at night) and look around the garden or beach for animals and plants you might not otherwise have noticed.

Or drive to the beach and enjoy a good walk.

5. Have a barbecue

If the weather permits, head outside or head to a nearby park or beach and barbecue all that meat before it goes bad (assuming you've lost power).

If you're going to be without power, you may as well make the most of it and have a barbecue (and you probably don't want those beers getting too warm either).

Remember never to barbecue indoors.

A few more fun things you could do: 

6. Visit a friend or relative - they may have power, but it's also a good chance for the kids to see nan or catch up with an old friend.

7. Light some candles and tell ghost stories.

8. Go outside and watch the stars (as long as it's not still storming). 

9. Play a game of Chinese whispers. 

10. Play lightning buggy, like punch buggy but every time you hear thunder or see lightning. 

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