Flashlight Fun!

by Amy on February 18, 2011

flashlight games for kids

{Originally posted at Blissful Kids, March 2009}

Do your kids like to play with flashlights? Mine sure do! Spend a few minutes before bedtime playing a flashlight game or two.

Flashlight Scavenger Hunt: Go on a night walk in a familiar area and see what you can find by the glow of a flashlight. Name one or two things at a time for your child to find, or pick one thing, such as acorns, and count how many you see on your walk. This is fun inside, too!

Flashlight Stomp: Shine the flashlight on the floor and let your child try to stomp on the light before it moves. Also try shining it on walls or furniture while your child tries to “tag” the light.

Make-Your-Own Constellations: Cut pieces of black paper to fit the end of your flashlight. Poke or punch holes in the paper in a design of your choice. Tape the paper to the end of the flashlight, shine it on the ceiling, and check out your very own constellation!

Forts & Flashlights: Even when it’s too cold outside for camping, you can set up a cozy fort inside. Bring in some books and read by flashlight.

Guess My Shape: Use your flashlight to “draw” a shape, letter, or number on the wall or ceiling. See if your child can guess what you drew. Take turns drawing and guessing.

Flashlight Dance: Put on some music and lay on the floor or in bed. Shine your flashlights on the ceiling and make them dance to the beat!

Have more fun ideas for flashlight play? Please share!


Kristin March 3, 2009 at 9:48 am

My kids are definitely flashlight fanatics! Can’t wait to check out the games and such! :)

I also wanted to let you know that I’m doing a painting challenge over at the blog, and thought you might be interested. hugs!


Erin February 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

Awesome ideas!! My kids LOVE flashlights and we will most definitely try all these. They got some for Christmas and then no one would let them play with them…didn’t quite understand…if only I would have had your list!

Susan February 20, 2011 at 4:48 am

I just found your blog…I loved those pretend play ideas. You’re my new favorite :) !! Tons of great ideas I can use with my kids…thanks for sharing them with all of us readers.

Amie February 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

We spent 20 min last Friday night doing shadow animals on the ceiling (with my hands). It started out with ‘dog’, ‘frog’, ‘bird’, and I was eventually asked to make ‘koala eating a leaf’ and ‘alien’. I think most of them looked like ‘dog’, but the kids had a blast.

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