Get Well Gift Ideas for Kids

Gift Ideas for Sick Children

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When a special child is sick, you want to send a get-well message that goes beyond a card or call. If your special child is in another city, you can mail a small gift that he will enjoy. Send the gift on its way with these ideas for get-well gifts for children.

Choose something simple and colorful; possibly geared to a slightly lower age level, and never above. You don't want to send something too unfamiliar or complicated to a child who doesn't feel well.

If the child is in a hospital, a soft stuffed animal is often just what they want, even when they are older. But it's also nice to have a simple amusement for the long hours in bed during recovery.

Clay Play

Sculpey's Clay Club Mini-Kits and Children's Activity Sets are perfect introductions to clay art. Sculpey creations do require baking, so this is best for a homebound child. I like that the kits have instructions for making easy projects.

Crayola's Model Magic air dries and has a soft, pleasing texture. Look for the Model Magic kits to find instructions and Model Magic to make animals, flowers, and other easy projects.

Paperdolls

Ah, paper dolls - always my favorite get-well gift as a child. You can pick up an inexpensive paper doll book at any discount store and most little girls will love it. If you really want a special paper doll book, Mary Engelbreit has two that look wonderful.

Coloring and Stickers

A child who doesn't feel well might just be in the mood for the Anti-Coloring Book. Some more suggestions are Scribbles, Doodles and The Incredible Sticker Book.

Card games

Cards are great for playing one-on-one with mom or dad when you're stuck in bed. Pick a card game that is easy to learn and fun for the child and adult.

Some kid and parent favorites are SET for older kids and Blink for all ages! For a variety of classic and new card games, order The Best Card Games in the Galaxy from Klutz.

Klutz books

We love Klutz books for lots of reasons; they have all the necessary supplies plus creative play ideas in the books. For the active boy who is bed bound, a Klutz science kit might be just the thing. Find a great one from About Homeschooling's top picks for Klutz science books. Klutz also has a new line for preschoolers called Chicken Socks. Most online bookstores carry a good selection of Klutz, so use your favorite to get the gift in the mail.

Handheld games

Of course, your special child would be thrilled to get a new handheld video game such as Nintendo DS, Gameboy, or Playstation Portable. Other handheld electronic games are easily found, including adaptations of classic games and virtual pets.

Mini-puzzles

If the child has a large tray for the bed, she might enjoy a mini-puzzle. Mom or dad can help, and it's a fun diversion for an afternoon in bed.

You'll find sweet Anne Geddes mini-puzzles at your discount store, as well as a good variety of small puzzles that are appropriate for children. If you're ordering online, check out the large selection from Hasbro.

Alternative Drawing Board

You know what I mean - a doodle board or light-up tracing desk or other easy lap toy for drawing or doodling. An older child might enjoy a lap kit that is more advanced, such as the Fashion Design or Car Design kits at Hearthsong.

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