The more exciting activities we do, the more we are susceptible to others’ germs. It’s just a way of life. I have stashed away a couple go-to activities if a sick day comes around. Having activities to help sick kids through the day can be helpful for you and your child. Find 5 tips for keeping sick kids entertained in our post today.
Being home with a sick child isn’t much fun, but it also give you the opportunity to slow down a bit. Take time to cuddle and be with your child. They need that extra support to feel better. Laundry and dishes can wait! (I have to tell myself this all the time!)
1. Read….A LOT!
My kids already love to read, but on sick days it is amplified. We have mounds of books by the couch and beds. Sometimes we pick a theme of books like all books on cars or only books about animals.
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The conversations on sick days seem to be different in our house than other days. Our movements are much slower and we have time to stare out the window or focus on a picture in a book. What are the birds doing outside? What would you do if you could walk on the clouds? Could you walk around with 16 caps on top of your head like the peddler?
Here’s a great list of some of our favorite sick day crafts:
Pipecleanrers- make glasses, word bracelets with letter beads, or glue fun designed on paper
Color-coloring books, color pictures of scenes outside, letter and number writing practice
Magnet board with letters and numbers
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4. Play “I Spy”
“I Spy” is one of our all time favorite “pass the time” games. On sick days we are a little more relaxed, but our favorite “I spy” games at home are I Spy Language Lesson or the Introduction to Reading. Both are great for beginning readers. We like to let the conversation flow. Our conversations move from I spy to talking about word sounds to making up silly rhyming words. We make it a non stressful event by letting our kids lead the conversations and length of time for each game.
5. Picnic in the Living Room
The great thing about a sick day is that some of rules go out the window to help your little one feel better. We like to do something special that we usually don’t allow. We set up a picnic in the living room! You can also setup a fort or tent. Its great to keep kids busy and a little moral boost, if they are felling up to moving.
Good luck with your little sick one!