posted on Feb, 26 2012 @ 03:35 AM
I'd go with the ebook reader idea and a solar charger, or use an ipod (with solar charger) instead and watch movies on that.
For non-technical entertainment I would suggest getting a deck of plant photo playing cards, such as the Shanleya's Quest Card Game offered by Thomas
J. Elpel, so that your family can play games and learn survival skills at the same time - mainly how to identify plants.
Also, you can have some board games, a chess board, dominoes, jacks, a jump rope, some string for playing cat's cradle, stuff for making crafts
(making things you may need), good books on making home made alcohol and the equipment to do so (The Alaskan Bootleggers' Bible is recommended by
nearly all homebrewers, winemakers and preppers), some yo-yos, puzzles and mind puzzles like Rubick's Cube, puzzle books, coloring books, art
supplies, a soccer ball, a beach ball, a baseball and gloves, a football, golf balls and clubs (for indoors putting), a children's indoor bowling set
and maybe even one of them kid's pool tables. You can also play cherades, put on sock puppet plays, create actual plays and put them on, play
instruments, do just about anything Nerf (if stuck inside), and really the suggestions never end. There is so much to do entertainment wise that you
really oughta try to make it both entertaining and educational if it is a SHTF scenario.
If it is TEOTWAWKI, then you can bet it would be greatly profitable to go the education route. Get puzzles and books and games and models that teach
botany, mycology, chemistry, geology and minerology, basic survival skills, human anatomy, botanical medicine, tracking, hunting, fishing and
horticulture. Then picks some trades to have everyone learn such as: electronics, woodworking, machine mechanics, optical engineering, culinary art,
plumbing and heating, structural engineering, etc. In a TEOTWAWKI scenario you should make sure your family knows a little bit about everything
necessary for survival and then work on (and if possible do it beforehand) making each individual an expert in a certain field or fields. Education
can be fun, and in fact most non-technical fun has an educational bent to it. Movies, on the other hand, are usually mindless, and all you learn from
them is what you were intended to take away rather than what you picked up on your own.
If you want morale from movies, have a couple basic mindless movies (everyone's favorites), family home videos, documentaries, and lots and lots of
DIY videos. Nothing lifts morale like learning something and then accomplishing something based on that knowledge.