I have both kids home sick today. One is quite cheery, despite being very unwell. The other is quite miserable, despite not being all that sick! Typical.
Here are 10 things to do with kids on sick days. (Thanks to my facebook readers for some of these suggestions). A word of caution though – if you make the day too much fun they won’t want to go to school tomorrow!!
- Make them rest. If they are sick enough to be home, rest is mandatory. In our house that means being on your bed for an hour after lunch (not in front of the tv…)
- Get outside. Fresh air can work wonders. Just make sure you choose a sensible time of day, and dress your child appropriately for the weather. (40 degree days aren’t ideal, nor is snow!)
- Watch a movie.
- Box construction. Kids of all ages enjoy making things with boxes. Pull boxes out of the recyling bin, hunt for some toilet rolls, dig a few shoeboxes out of the cupboard and let them go for it.
- Make jelly.
- Read stories. You know that story on the shelf that your child asks for at bedtime, and you look at your watch and say, “Maybe another night. Pick again“…?! Yep, this is the day for those stories.
- Tackle a tidying job together. Sort out that messy plastics draw, or the linen cupboard.
- Colour in. I’m not usually a fan of mindless colouring, but it can be an excellent sick day activity. Lots of free printable pages are available online. Find something that is of interest to your child.
- Playdough. Make it from scratch (it only takes a few minutes), and let your child choose the colour. Older kids love adding straws, googly eyes, bamboo skewers, feathers etc to the playdough.
- Write a letter, postcard or email to someone. It’s a good way of sneaking some writing into the day
Of course, if you are also sick, you should only attempt 1, 3 and 8. And possibly 5. Of course there’s always option 11. which is call for backup…
Do you have any other suggestions to add? If so please leave a comment and we might try it this afternoon!