Reading activity: Returning to good old-fashioned crafts when the power goes out!

My family was woken at 5am last Wednesday by a very loud bang. That sound was caused by an electrical pole being knocked over by a falling tree.

As a result, we lost power. Little did I know at the time that we would be without electricity for 13 hours.  It didn’t take me long to realise that our family does take electricity for granted, and we needed to find creative ways to fill our day.

It was the first black-out Cam had experienced and she was a little concerned, especially because she couldn’t start her day with a little bit of television. You don’t want to be around me in the mornings. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve slept, I’m always grumpy when I wake. To save Cam from enduring my negative morning disposition, I let her watch television while I freshen up and prepare breakfast.

If the news about the television wasn’t enough for Cam, I had to tell her that we couldn’t dance to music, do any baking either or even have toast for breakfast.

I was quite proud when she suggested we read some books. Using a torch we each hunted around the house for books we’d like to read, and still in our pyjamas and dressing gowns we embarked on a day of reading.

We began with For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool (Read review here)

While we were reading For All Creatures (shortlisted for CBCAs’ Picture Book of the Year, 2012 ) it struck me that the book read a little bit like a prayer.

I thought it would be a nice idea to make a God’s Eye: good old- fashioned craft with no power required!

We collected some sticks from our back yard (we were spoiled for choice, given the storm the night before) and I found some wool in the cupboard.

I began to weave the wool around the sticks to create a cross.

Cam was excited by the task but it was difficult for her little hands, given the need to wrap the wool around the sticks with one hand and rotate the cross with the other,

I sat Cam upon my lap. Cam’s role was to wrap the wool around the stick, while I rotated the cross.

It was a lovely morning where we sat close physically, learning something new and working together to create something quite beautiful.

I had intended for our creation to be a God’s Eye; something we could hang in our house as a reminder to be thankful.

Cam however, thought it looked like a spider web, which really is quite fitting because the story starts with:

‘For weavers and wisps.

For silk spinners and spiderlings,

Lace and loveliness

And for webs, we are thankful.’

Some of the other books we read:

With the toaster, sandwich press, oven and microwave out of action, we needed to think creatively about lunch. Cam excited suggested a lounge room picnic with sandwiches, fruit and biscuits.

How would your children cope without power?

Reading activity: Returning to good old-fashioned crafts when the power goes out!


  1. We had a power outage a long time back when Rumaysa was only 9 months old or so. We had just returned from a week long trip to Sydney only to find a letter in the mail stating there won’t be any power the following day. It was during the hot months, so we opted to spend the day at the shopping mall! We did use their bookstore as a library though ;) Spent a long while there and then grabbed food from the food court and wandered around until it was time to come home. Very tiring, but couldn’t think of an alternative :(

  2. We lose power her quite a bit so my lot are used to it.. and I think quite enjoy it. They especially love a candle lit dinner!

    I must make some God’s Eyes with my kids, I remember making them with my mum when I was little!

  3. Oooh that book is lovely. There is another by that author called “Isabella’s Garden” that is awesome too.

    • Yes, I agree. Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool make a wonderful team. Both seem to have a wonderful respect for the world around them.

  4. This has brought back so many wonderful childhood memories. I’d forgotten all about these. What a wonderful thing for the two of you to do together and what a great way to spend that down time during the power outage.

    • I must admit it had been such a long time, it took me a while to remember how to make them. The closeness was really beautiful too.

  5. I remember doing that when I was little! Cam was right though, it does look like a spider web. Perhaps Miss Poss and I can make a wildlife Ed lesson out of it. Thanks for the inspiration Jac. I think we should have a power outage once a week. It’s so good for the creative juices (and the environment).

    • Oh yes, I certainly realised how much we take power for granted, and it was a breath of fresh air to power-down.

  6. What a lovely special time you all ended up sharing! My twins really only notice if the power goes out at bedtime when their relaxation music is playing…which usually means hard to get to sleep!Miss Teen however really notices but we usually play a board game by candlelight!
    That is one of my all time favourite crafts too and i remember doing many with my now teen…thanks for the memories and sharing your lovely post…pinning now!

  7. Hi Jackie. Just popping back to say thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tots. I’ve pinned this to the Tuesday Tots Pinterest board. Hope you link up again this week.

  8. Oh Jackie! I’ve just come over from Kelly’s Wool craft round up on Be A Fun Mum! Look at beautiful Cam!!
    We’re going to try some wooly craft this week so will give these God’s Eyes a go too!

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