It’s that time of year when the cold and flu is circulating like rapid fire. Thankfully, my family has somewhat avoided the illnesses this year. Well – except for my 11 month old son who has been down and out with a bad case of pneumonia for the last two weeks. If you had been wondering why the blog had been quiet. That is why.
We have been bouncing around between doctor’s appointments, ER visits and follow-up hospital appointments. Let me just say – it sure has been exhausting and certainly a scary time. It always is so hard when a child is sick, but especially more so when it is your baby.
Thankfully, I haven’t had to worry too much about entertaining my little guy while he has been down for the count. For the most part snuggles and being bounced or rocked has sufficed. However, what do you do to entertain your older children when they are unwell and need to stay home from school? That right there can be a struggle.
For this reason, we have compiled our favourite…
9 Sick Day Activities for Kids
Watch movies. While it may be tempting to snuggle up on the couch all day and watch movies or the TV, try to limit how much you actually spend affixed to the TV. That being said, snuggling up and watching a movie like, PJ Masks: Let’s Go PJ Masks & Other Adventures is certainly acceptable. It is a great way to unwind and rest. The great thing about DVDs like this one is that it features more than one episode, making it easy to suggest your child get up, stretch their legs and rotate between rest stations over the day.
Play Board Games. I don’t know about you, but we have a large collection of board games. A sick day is a great time to pull those bad boys out and have a little fun!
Set Up a Colouring & Craft Station. On an ordinary day my children could sit at the table for hours colouring or doing crafts. They have vivid imaginations and love to let their creativity and vision explode on to paper. Colouring and crafting is a perfect low-key activity for a sick child. It helps prevent the cries of boredom while keeping them entertained.
Arrange Sensory Activities. Ever tried your hand at making slime or cloud dough? What better time than ever to do that with your child!
Bubble Baths. Nothing can be more soothing than soaking in the bath when you’re unwell. Grab some glow sticks or colouring changing bath tablets to make splishin’ and splashin’ in the tub that much more fun.
Read Books. There is nothing my children love more than to snuggle up on the couch under a big cozy blanket and be read to. This is a great way to pass the time on the sick day.
Make a Fort. Nothing beats letting your child’s imagination come alive. Creating a cozy fort using couch cushions, pillows and blankets is a great way to do that.
Pull Out Old Photo Albums. Take a trip down memory lane. Remembering all the fun you have had together over the years. Reminisce about the old times and share great stories that your child may or may not have heard prior.
Get Outdoors for a Walk. Just a quick walk. Sometimes fresh, cool air can make a world of difference for the person who is feeling under the weather.
In PJ Masks: Let’s Go PJ Masks & Other Adventures, it is up to Catboy, the real parade leader, to save the day from the Night Ninja, but he doesn’t think he can lead the Ninjalinos without his drum. Plus, when Luna Girl turns a sleepwalking Cameron into her very own human puppet it’s up to PJ Masks to save the day… but Gekko has to stop messing around first.
Fans of the hit preschool superhero show PJ Masks can join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their heroic missions as they go into the night to save the day when their their first ever DVD soars into retail on February 7th!
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