In some cultures, night is celebrated with ceremonies and services. Have your family celebrate the long, dark nights with some light -- or more specifically, flashlights! Get one for every member of the family -- along with lots of spare batteries.
- One person must hide a familiar object in the same room where it is kept. Then turn out the lights and let kids find it using flashlights.
- Play a variation of freeze tag with a flashlight. The player who is "it" sits in a spot with a flashlight on and eyes closed. Other players must try to stalk past "it" without attracting attention. If "it" hears anything, she swings her flashlight in the direction of the sound. If a player crosses the flashlight's beam, she becomes the next "it."
- Kids take turns performing a familiar action in front of a flashlight beam (such as hammering, sewing, stirring something in a pretend bowl, tying a shoe) and others must guess what she is doing -- by looking only at the shadow.
- Play hide-and-seek outside with a flashlight. The hiders must try to blend in with the environment, and whoever's "it" must search them out with a flashlight. This game is a good way to test more than eyesight, because "it" must also use nose and ears to sense the presence of the hiders.