Sick days: they happen to even the healthiest of children from time to time. You’ve given them medicine and let them stay home to recover, but how do you keep them busy the whole day through? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your toddler occupied on sick days, while still ensuring they get the rest and recovery they need. Read on for some helpful hints on making the most of sick days with your toddler.
Grab a stack of beloved books, curl up with blankets and stuffed animals, and start reading! Older children can help read along, while younger ones will be soothed by the sound of your voice and their favorite stories. If your child wants to participate but hasn’t quite mastered reading, let them tell you some stories! The two of you can make them up together for a fun time that will get their imagination going.
Set Up Play Time
Create a play-station for your little one that will keep them entertained for hours. You can set up different stations throughout a room, each with a different theme. You can put their stuffed animals in one spot, coloring books and crayons in another, and interactive toys (like this Pink Floyd Play Mirror) in another. It just takes a few minutes to set up, but can keep your child happy and occupied for hours during sick days.
Enjoy all the fun of camping without ever having to step outside! Instead, set up a campsite right in the middle of your living room. You can make ‘tents’ out of blankets and pillows, have outdoorsy snacks like chopped veggies or trail mix, and sit around telling stories. You can watch a nature-themed movie together, and even make microwave S’mores if your little one is feeling up for something sweet.
If your child loves food and cooking, now’s the perfect time to encourage it! If they’re feeling up to it, you can help them make easy treats (there are tons of great YouTube tutorials). Kids will love tasting things they’ve created, and be distracted from feeling unwell.
If your child is feeling especially unwell (or you don’t want to risk spreading disease), put on a cooking show for them! You can channel your inner Julia Childs and show them the ins and out of creating a delicious snack while they relax with their Pink Floyd sippy cup. Your little one will love learning how to make simple, delicious snacks with you, and might even learn a few things along the way!
Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.