Flashlight Fun

by Clubhouse Jr. staff

Shine some fun on your friends with these bright ideas.

Odd or Even?

Gather

2 flashlights

Go

1. Each player grabs a flashlight. Whoever chooses a flashlight first is Player 1.
2. Both players close their eyes and turn off their flashlights.
3. Player 1 asks, “Odd or even?” Player 2 answers out loud. If Player 2 chooses “Odd,” Player 1 gets “Even.” If Player 2 chooses “Even,” Player 1 becomes “Odd.”
4. While keeping their eyes closed, Player 1 counts to three. At that time, each player decides whether or not to turn on his flashlight.
5. Both players open their eyes and count the number of lights on the wall: 1 = Odd; 0 or 2 = Even. The player who guessed correctly earns 1 point.
6. Repeat steps 2 to 5, alternating who picks “Odd or Even.” The first player to 5 points wins.

 

Spotlight Tag

Gather

flashlight
handheld mirror
timer

Go

1. Once it’s dark, go to the backyard or a large room. Choose one player to be “The Lookout” and ask a parent or older sibling to be the referee.
2. The Lookout takes the flashlight and mirror and faces away from the playing field. The other players hide in the darkness.
3. When the referee says, “Go!” all of the hidden players must slowly walk around. They can temporarily hide behind objects but must keep moving at all times.
4. The Lookout, without turning around, points the flashlight at the mirror and slowly changes the angle to shine a light onto the playing field. If the light shines on a hidden player, the referee will call her out.
5. If The Lookout spots every player within the time limit (usually 5 minutes, depending on the number of players), then The Lookout wins. But if even one player goes unspotted, the hiding team wins.
6. Play again, with a new Lookout.

 

Wall Art

Gather

flashlight
paper
markers
plastic wrap
rubber band

Go

1. Trace the rim of the flashlight on paper with a marker.
2. Lay a smooth piece of plastic wrap over the paper.
3. Color a fun design on the plastic wrap, making sure to stay inside the circle.
4. Place the plastic wrap against the bright end of the flashlight. Use a rubber band to secure it in place.
5. Once you turn on the flashlight, your image will appear on the wall! The farther back you stand, the bigger your image will become.

 

Secret Silent Code

Gather

flashlights
notepads
pencils
Morse code guide (click here to download)

Go

1. Write out a secret message in your notepad.
2. Use the Morse code guide to translate your message one letter at a time. For example, Club Jr. would be:
— • — •
• — • •
• • —
— • • •
• — — —
• — •
3. Shine your code on the wall. For a dot (•), move your light slowly up or down. For a dash (—), move your light slowly left or right. Turn off the flashlight between each letter.
4. Once you finish the message, spin your flashlight around three times. Your teammate should then read the message out loud.
5. Practice sending messages back and forth until you are both experts.

Copyright © 2012 by Focus on the Family. Illustration © Susan Reagan.