Well, now that school is back in session it not only means moms are back in their yoga pants rejoicing with Starbucks in their hands but it also means cold + flu season is upon us and ALL the germs are coming home. Our family has had exactly three colds already spread through the various five members, hitting each one at various strengths. We’ve been stepping up our immunity game but I’ve also been stepping up my “What the heck do I do with all these sick people once the TV has lost all luster?” answers. Because there is only so much Paw Patrol, Kung Fu Panda and (insert all other cartoons) that I can take. It would be nice to have a little creative fun even if your little sickie is confined to the couch. I’ve scoured the Interwebs and Pinterest for you – You’re welcome – and come up with a pretty comprehensive list for kids of varying ages. So don’t forget while you’re preparing and stocking your medicine for cold + flu season to do the same for your craft cabinet and you’ll be set for those days when you are stuck inside!
Everyone loves balloons! And there’s so much can you do with them. Play tennis, golf, soccer, make water babies, balloon skirts and hats. Let your imagination run wild!
EUCALYPTUS SENSORY GAMES
This probably involves the most pre-planning of all, but especially for little ones that can’t take all the over-the-counter medicines that help with coughing and congestion, these eucalyptus-infused doughs, baths and rice will not only keep them entertained but help open up their airways as well!
Kids love looking at pictures of themselves, so pull out their baby book, old family albums or even your iPhone and take a stroll down memory lane. You can talk about fun family trips you want to take, birthday parties, Halloween costumes or new traditions you want to start. It’s a great way to get to learn things about your kid you may not have known!
WRITE A BOOK
Write and draw an entire story together. You can use a stapler to bind it and use your child’s favorite book to see how they credit the author, illustrator and show when the book was written. If you have an older child, maybe they would like to do this on the computer rather than with paper and markers.
MAGNETS AND TEMPORARY TATTOOS
A smaller child confined to the couch would love to try out some new tattoos or bring a cookie sheet and a set of magnets to them for a little ABC practice.
Show your inner child by introducing your favorite childhood board games to your brood. Uno, Monopoly, The Game of Life, Trouble, maybe even a simple game of Checkers. You’ll love playing the game and sharing it with your child and they’ll love seeing the delight on your face. Win-win!
COLORING + CREATIVE DRAWING
Take coloring up a notch and make it large scale! Use a large roll of paper to trace your child’s body and color it in. If they’re older, you can practice labeling their body parts or drawing in their bones. If they’re younger, they might enjoy making silly faces or turning themselves into a friendly monster.
One of the best parts of a sick day is getting to do special things…like draw on the windows. Pick up some window safe markers like these and let little Picasso go to town. Or next time you’re at Target, pick up some of sticky holiday themed decorations in the dollar bin area.
Take a piece of advice from your grandmother and treat congestion with a steam shower. Afterward, you can curl up in fluffy robes and pamper the patient to a mani/pedi.
At the end of the day, even a short, slow walk around the block can lift everyone’s spirits and possibly be the ticket to feeling better the next day!