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No School? Over 60 Things To Do At Home With Sick Kids

by The Next Family March 12, 2015

By Carrie Goldman

What to do with kids on sick days

Presenting Portrait of an Adoption’s most amazing list of activities to do at home with sick kids.  Thank you to all my awesome readers who sent in their favorite ways to comfort and entertain sick kiddos. Here are over 60 fun ideas for you. Enjoy!

  • Listen to audio books while cuddled under blankets.
  • Play story builder. Each person gets to 90 seconds to tell a story and when her time is up, the next person has 90 seconds to build on the story.
  • Fold a piece of paper into three, and each person takes a turn drawing part of a body – it doesn’t have to be a human body – just a head, a torso, and legs. When you open the picture, name your creature.
  • Have a talent show. Everyone can participate; parents too.
  • Finger paint in the tub with shaving cream. Tell stories by candlelight.
  • Make Stone soup together.
  • Write a song. Use the tune of a song you all know and create your own lyrics.
  • Dress up as favorite characters from books or movies using whatever supplies are in the house. Write a play featuring your characters, and perform it for each other.
  • Play Hide ‘n Seek or Sardines.
  • Watch old syndicated TV shows together, such as Little House on the Prairie.
  • Make beautiful snowflakes out of beads and pipe cleaners.
  • Make homemade play-doh using flour, oil, water, salt, food coloring and cream of tartar.
  • Make your own Bingo cards and play bingo.  Use stickers and gum for prizes.
  • Hold a family bazaar. Each of you collects some of your old stuff and arranges it on a blanket. Make price tags, keeping everything under 50 cents. Then sell your junk to each other! Teach kids how to trade or barter.
  • Make Jello worms: pour Jello into straws that have been packed tightly into a drinking glass. When the Jello has set, remove the straws, and you have a glass full of Jello worms!
  • Play “school” where each kid has a chance to teach a lesson to the parent and other kids. Include all kinds of subjects, including art, drama, music, and P.E. For example, you could play charades for “drama class”; you could decorate cookies for “art class”.
  • Sensory bin: place a few random objects in a dark bag and take turns putting your hands in to feel the objects and try to guess what they are.
  • Hold a scavenger hunt in the house.
  • Make Cloud Dough using 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of oil. Food color optional, as is the addition of scented oils.
  • Cut snowflakes from coffee filters. Decorate the snowflakes using markers, and then spray with water from water bottles. Let them dry (or use hair dryers,) and then fold and cut. Tape them to all the windows.
  • Cut pipe cleaners and straws into small pieces. Manipulate the straw pieces into limbs and add beads for joints (elbows, knees, etc).
  • Get out the family photo albums and look at them together. It’s fun to hear their memories … very enlightening!
  • Fill a tub with Squishy Baff (this turns bathwater into a squishy, colorful play area).  Or just have a classic hot bubble bath!
  • Help kids look through magazines to find words, phrases or pictures that describe themselves. Make collages of the phrases and glue onto paper or a notebook.
  • Create indoor picnics. Spread warm fluffy blankets on the floor and serve comfort foods like soup and toast with jam, warm tea drinks.
  • Play simple card games such as “Go Fish” or “War”.
  • Turn an entire bathroom into a sauna and have a spa day. Get a humidifier in there or just run hot water for a while until it feels steamy. Have buckets set up to soak feet, hands, and entire small bodies in Epsom salt and lavender. Play music.
  • Movies, popsicles and snuggle time.
  • Feb.14 is International Book Giving Day. The kids could sift through their book collection to find a few to donate to a shelter or charity.
  • Marshmallow toss: bowls of marshmallows and spoons for each contestant. Goal is to flick marshmallows off spoon and into bowl in the distance (or just to eat the marshmallows when mom isn’t looking).
  • Your high school yearbooks would probably be wildly entertaining to the girls.
  • Play with mom’s button box and try to find buttons that match.
  • Fill socks with beans and heat them in the microwave. They are amazing neck warmers. Sock puppets are also a good in-bed activity.
  • Kinetic sand
  • My mom used to get me a new coloring book and a fresh box of crayons. It’s much harder to be sad when you are holding a red crayon.
  • Crafts and pipe cleaner animals
  • Build a HUGE fort – rearrange the furniture to use as “walls” if necessary – naps and picnics can be had in said fort, and stories and movies enjoyed from there, too. Pretend you are out in the snow and have made this lovely warm shelter in which to eat your chicken noodle soup and crackers. Tell stories about what you would do if you were out in the snow.
  • Play old-fashioned board games – Candyland, Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Risk, Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, Trivial Pursuit for Kids, Pictionary for Kids, etc.
  • Glow sticks and flashlights are fun additions when the ambient light (or their interest) fades.
  • Use essential oils to relax and calm the children.
  • Use shaving cream and food coloring on paper.
  • Use Story Cubes to weave creative stories.
  • Put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave and play with the results.
  • Get Bartholomew and the Ooblek out of the library and then make Ooblek.
  • Use building toys like Magna-Tiles, WEDGiTS, Legos to make whatever your heart desires.
  • Print out old photos saved on your computer and let each child make a collage of photos to arrange on posterboard and hang in her/his room.
  • Gather up all your costume jewelry, mismatched or broken sets, and create new pieces together.
  • Read favorite books together. For older kids who are good readers, take turns reading out loud to each other, using special voices for different characters.
  • Let the kids search Pinterest for craft ideas/games/activities to do.
  • Create your own recipe for a cookie and see how it comes out.
  • Make your own Window Clings, using a kit or diy. Put puff paints on new tube socks to use as new slippers for the next day.
  • Make potato prints with paint or stamp pad. Make popsicle stick puppets. Create a beanbag toss (fill an old sock with rice to make the bean bags).
  • Make homemade paper dolls and clothing.
  • Make your own podcast with storytelling.
  • Learn and teach card tricks.
  • Look through mom’s old jewelry box and talk about each piece’s history.
  • Introduce the kids to your favorite bands. Use Spotify or Pandora to stream music.
  • Research and plan your next family vacation. Get an atlas or look online with kids to plan routes or places you would like to go.
  • Hold an International Day festival. Each person can pick a country and you can work together to prepare a food from that country. Decorate a piece of paper like that country’s flag, and learn a few phrases in that language. Go online to see the clothing and hear the music from that country.
  • Make your own puzzles by painting a piece of cardboard and then cutting the picture into crazy pieces. Have each person put together someone else’s puzzle.
  • Make a nest using blankets; sit in the middle, and play cats cradles with a piece of string.
  • Play Boggle or do MADLIBS. Make your own mad libs for each other.
  • Have a puppet show.
  • If multiple siblings are home, sit in a circle. Each person has a piece of paper with his/her name on it. Pass the paper around the circle. Everyone writes one kind thing that they love about the person whose paper is in front of them. Little kids can dictate what to write to older kids or adults. Repeat and pass until everyone receives his/her original piece of paper, now filled with compliments. This is a wonderful activity for sleepovers and birthday parties.

Check out Carrie Goldman’s award-winning book Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear.  You can also read more on her blog. 

Photo Credit: Peace6X

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