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Achoooo! 5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied When You’re Sick

By Carolyn @CarolynHeintz

I felt a bit under the weather last week.

And by “under the weather” I mean I was bedridden and looked something like this:


The weird part about it is that I never get sick. And when I do, I am one to suck it up and continue about my day. But this flu/cold/plague was been the worst I’ve felt in a long, long time.

Anyway, whilst their mother was feverish and coughing and out-of-commission, my girls were running free around the household. I quickly realized this was a terrible idea and came up with some ideas to keep them occupied while mommy slept the day away like a hungover college student.

Here are some ways you can keep your kids occupied next time you get sick.


1. Create an activity table.

Kids need various stimulants to keep their focus, so have a table in your home become a diverse activity center. At this activity table, have coloring utensils and pages, puzzles, picture books, toy laptops, stickers, stencils, play dough or clay, and similar arts and crafts items on it. Let your kids’ imagination run wild with all the arts and crafts tools available to them.

2. Set up a play date with a friend.

If you’re unable to play with your child when you’re sick, you can set up a play date with children from other families you trust. You can also have a close relative entertain your child.

3. Set up an indoor cinema.

Gather your kids’ favorite movies or television programs on DVDs or video tapes and have a movie day. Before heading to bed to rest, take the time to decorate your television room area with sleeping bags, pillows, stuffed animals, and other comforting items to help your kids relax while watching their favorite movies or shows. You can also set up a refreshments table for them to have snacks available to them while they watch.

4. Have a color scavenger hunt. 

Write different colors on small slips of paper and place them in a small bag. Get your child to pick out a paper slip in the bag and have them find five items in your house that has the color written on the slip. Be sure to keep the colors limited to safe and appropriate items for kids to find.

5. Let them listen to audio books.

Get kids’ books in an audio version and let your kids occupy themselves with it. While your children listen to the reader, they can develop their reading skills while reading along in the book.

Your turn: What do you do when your kids are sick? Share in the comments!

Peace, love, and (almost-back-to) health,


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