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As tempted as I may be to just let my kids watch TV all day, there are SO many other activities that kids can do when they’re home sick that will distract them and promote healing while allowing you to spend some quality time together.
- Craft. Playing with play dough or sand is a quiet and relaxing activity, as is creating origami or making bracelets and necklaces. I have a box full of pipe cleaners, tissue paper, stickers, googly eyes, (and so many other random art supplies) that I only pull out on sick days.
- Draw or color. I always have new packs of crayons or a special box of markers hidden away, as well as a stack of coloring books that I only bring out on days like this.
- Have kids take a bath. Make it special with lots of bubbles! The steam will help a child with a stuffy nose.
- Play beauty salon. I have two daughters, so we do this all the time, sick day or not, but when your little one is not feeling well, a little pampering is especially appreciated. Paint each others’ nails, take turns doing your hair, even let her apply a little makeup. It’ll bring a smile to her face!
- Play games. Board games, card games, dominoes, puzzles, I Spy – you name it. Give older kids a crossword puzzle from the newspaper. Downloading a new app on your tablet is also an easy distraction that won’t break the bank.
- Read. What’s better than a day reading in bed? Or create a little reading ‘nook’ in a corner of the room with lots of blankets and pillows.
- Sort things. I’ve had my kids help me put photos in albums, sort unmatched socks, and organize the junk drawer in the kitchen. Yes, I may be putting them to work, but it can potentially distract them for hours and is kind of fun!
- Take a walk. If the weather is nice enough, go outside and get some much needed fresh air and sunshine.
- Watch a movie. Snuggle up on the couch with your child and watch his or her favorite movie, or download a new one.
- Rest! This is what your child needs most, and odds are you do, too! A nap is the perfect sick day activity.
What activities do you do with your kids when they’re home sick?
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