Easy Ways to Keep a Sick Kid Entertained (Quietly)

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When your child is home sick, you want them to rest, but they don't want to be bored. Read these easy ways to offer quiet fun. Sharon Dominick

If your child is home sick, you know it can be hard to keep them happy and entertained. Depending on how sick your child is, you want him or her to rest (and if your child is sick enough, that might not be an issue), but they are bored and aren't content to just st and watch television all day -- something you aren't crazy about either! Instead, try one of these quiet but fun ideas, and hopefully, your little one will be back to their normal self in no time!

Make the Sick Space Fun

When your child is sick, where do they stay all day? Do they lie in their own bed, the living room, the family room, your room, or someplace else? Wherever they put their tired body, make it a place that offers them all they need to feel better (lots of pillows and blankets, cuddly stuffed animals, and a spot for lots of drinks), but one that is fun too. Maybe you can turn the area into a blanket fort or a pillow paradise! Just be sure to turn it into a space where your child will want to lie down and relax.

Make it Fun

If your child has a stuffy nose and is using lots of tissues, place a garbage can just out of reach so your child can try to score baskets when he or she is done blowing her nose. Need to encourage your child to drink lots of liquids? Offer up two or three straws instead of just one. Cute twists on regular activities make being sick not so bad.

Break Out Old Photos

Do you have old pictures or photo albums lying around someplace?

Whether it's pictures of themselves or you as a child, your preschooler would probably love to look through them with you!

Make Special Treats

If your child is sick with a sore throat, you'll want to serve them foods that are soothing and comforting. Try homemade ice pops and chicken soup!

Try a Quiet Craft

Crayons, markers, glue, paper, glitter, and stickers are every sick child's best friends.

Spread out a supply of these plus maybe some printable coloring pages and a surface to lean on are a great activity for a quiet sick day.

Simple Activities

If your child is tired and cranky, you'll want to choose activities that he or she like and is able to do easily. Stick to puzzles your child has already completed or favorite games that you can play together. If you want to try something new, stick to quiet, easy games that your child can master.

Go for a Walk

Sometimes just getting out of the house is all your little one needs. If he or she is up for it, go for a quick walk around the neighborhood for a change of scenery and some fresh air.

Preplan for Sick Days

This one needs some advance work, but the next time you are at a dollar store or a place with inexpensive toys and treats, pick up a bunch of things such as books, puzzles, and small toys, and set them aside just for days like this. Your child will be thrilled to be able to play with something new!

Closing Thoughts

No matter what your child decides to do on their sick day, the goal is to keep them rested and comfortable. If you sense they are getting tired, frustrated, or are simply not feeling well, switch what they are currently doing for something else that will keep them relaxed.

Soon your child will be up and running like their normal, happy self!

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