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Fun And Simple Activities To Do With a Sick Kid

Updated on June 18, 2013
Tea parties (even tea parties in bed) are a great way to bring a smile to anyone's face.
Tea parties (even tea parties in bed) are a great way to bring a smile to anyone's face. | Source

It's Not All Fun And Games

Having a sick kid at home is never a good thing - it means your kid is sick. But, that doesn't mean things have to be miserable. If you are both home from work and school why not turn lemons into lemonade. After several bouts of illness this year, I wanted to share with other parents some fun and simple activities to do with sick kids.

Have A Tea Party

Just because your little one can't eat anything but dry toast and ginger ale doesn't mean she can't have fun doing it. This is the perfect time to break out the tiny cups and saucers for high tea. I like to keep tiny saltines on-hand for chili; luckily, they also make the perfect snack for tea time with an under-the-weather kid. And a glass of water is more fun when served in a tea cup from a dainty tea pitcher. If your child is too sick to get out of bed, don't despair. Instead, bring the tea party to bed - that's what breakfast trays are for after all! Even the usual fare of crackers and water can become fun when served like a tea party in bed.

Another great thing about tea parties is that your little girl can invite her "friends" for tea and you don't have to worry about the stuffed animals catching her cold.

Build A Fort

A fort makes great indoor fun. If you are going to curl up and watch a movie on your iPad, why not do it inside your own fort. Forts make even routine activities more fun. You can fashion a fort with materials you have on hand - pillows, blankets and kitchen chairs. Or, you can order a fort kit online, like the one pictured on the right. You can also set up camp inside a pop-up tent. The idea is just to have a good time while relaxing under the covers.

Too sick to get out of bed? There are over-the-bed tents that can fit over most twin beds. My son would love to have the Disney Cars Bed Tent. These over-the-bed tents can be used for play time or for sleeping. What a fun way to read a book or take a nap.

Read A Book

When it comes to enjoying a sick day in bed, it's hard to beat an old-fashioned book. This is a great time to break out a chapter book and read aloud to your little ones. Or, for older kids, stock up on a series - they are going to have plenty of time to read. Looking through photo albums and talking about the pictures is also a great way to spend this time.

Of course, reading books the new way is fun, too. The Barnes and Noble Nook has a great selection of kids stories. There are also a lot of great kids books apps for the Apple iPad.

Popcorn And a Movie

Another great thing to do when curled up in bed is to watch a movie. You can even pop some air-popped popcorn (no salt and oil to upset your stomach). Consider breaking out some old classics from your childhood to introduce to your kid. I'm looking forward to the days when my kids are old enough to watch Annie and Pollyanna. In the mean time, sick days call for lots of Dora and Diego and I am happy to oblige. Snuggle time with your little ones always goes to fast - it's one of the few benefits of a sick day. No one is going to judge you if you stay in your pjs all day and watch movies.


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      Written Up 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Thank you Glimmer. Hope you enjoy your fort!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Forts are the all time great activity for kids. I remember doing them with my brother. I also have a hunch my daughter might be home tomorrow. This was a great reminder. Thanks.

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      Written Up 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Thank you Wilbart26. You are absolutely right - it's these bonding moments that kids look back on. It's what memories are made of.

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      Wilbart26 5 years ago

      This is nice, aside from making our kids feel better, it also gives us opportunity to bond with them. Things like that are the best memories we could give for our kids. Things that they will remember and and tell their own kids in the future. Things that they will teach to their kids too...