sick days {part three}


One more post about how we spend our sick days! I've loved hearing all of the ways that you make the most of the times when your little ones aren't so well.

You can go peek over at the other posts here if you like.

Generally speaking if we are too ill for school or church, that doesn't mean we are too sick for fun.  In fact, I can only recall a time or two when the boys wanted to do NOTHING but lie there in their misery.  For those times we pull out favorite movies and watch them on repeat all day long.  What are your favorite sick day movies?  Our favorites are Despicable Me, Cars and all of the Toy Story movies.  Also on days like this I am super thankful for kids channels on TV...I mean what a lifesaver. 

If the boys are a little better than "misery" we will throw some books in there to help relieve some of my mom guilt about them watching TV all day, even if they ARE sick.  

If they are a step or three above miserable I like to pull out the craft activities that we don't always do but don't require a lot of energy to enjoy.  My boys LOVE watercolors.  They will sit and sit and sit for hours if I let them.  I've learned that if I draw them something in black marker they will sit and paint it in with colors for hours if we let them.  It also helps if we give them subject matter...ie paint a dog or your brother or a picture to mail to grandma.  Giving them a bit of purpose goes a long way to holding their attention.

I also like to keep my eyes open for small craft projects in the $1 bins at Target or Micheal's.  There always seems to be something simple and seasonal that my boys would like to make. 

If all else fails I have one word for you: Pinterest.  You can type in something simple like "preschool activities" and up pops hundreds of ideas for you to put to use.  You will find more ideas for crafts than you could do in a thousand sick days, many that will use items that you already have on hand.  And if you are worried you might not have the "right" items on hand, I suggest putting together a little sick day kit that you keep stashed in the closet.

Some items you may want to include in your "sick day kit":
construction paper
new crayons
stickers
glue sticks
foam stickers
small craft projects from the $1 bins
maybe even a small toy or two

The important thing is to keep it away from your kids.  The element of "new" is a big part of it's magic.

Hopefully these tricks and a little Children's Mucinex can help you salvage an otherwise slump of a day.

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Check out my other sick days posts HERE and HERE

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47 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

We like to cuddle up and watch Nick Jr.

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Victoria said...

My little one likes for me to make her a "bed" on the couch, complete with her own pillow and stuffed animals, then she watches her favorite movies.

JC said...

Playing UNO and watching cartoons

Lacey Sanders said...

We use these opportunities to make forts!

HilLesha said...

My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

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Lisa Brown said...

Putting together a color puzzle.
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Elena said...

My son likes to read his favorite books

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Elena said...

watching his favorite cartoons

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peg42 said...

My kids like when we cuddle and watch movies together or play a game.
Thanks so much.
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PAIGE said...

My daughter loves to watch The Parent Trap in her room over and over again when she feels crummy. She knows the words by heart.
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kellyr78 said...

My kids love to color or to work on mazes when they are sick
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Stephanie said...

eating frozen yogurt!
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clc408 said...

My kids liked sculpting with play-doh

Stephanie Larison said...

She likes to fingerpaint

Anastasia said...

Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows :)

Gina said...

My toddler only wants snuggles, watching Caillou & popsicles.

Barbara Montag said...

The kids enjoy doing some easy crafts or setting puzzles - thank you.

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Janna Johnson said...

watching movies and cuddling
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ky2here said...

Hannah Montana although it makes us grandparents sympathize with Jack Nicholson in 'the shining'.

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smilekisses said...

The game Uno Attack.
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marcia goss said...

My granddaughter likes to snuggle on the couch with her blankets and pillow and watch a movie.
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Trish Rhodes said...

It the boys aren't miserably sick they love to finger paint or play with squish (playdough) or play board games.

Diane52 said...

My sons love to snuggle up with a pile of their fave story books
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Jeri Niksich said...

I always have both adult & childrens Mucinex on hand. Stock up with a coupon so I have at least 2 bottles of each when needed.

Jessica said...

snuggle and movie time for sure!

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sparkedcat said...

We like to pretend that the dog is also sick and help him to get all better.

Kenny Fensom said...

scrabble

kathy pease said...

mine always loved shadow puppets on the wall

Kim (Randominities) said...

My daughter likes to watch the wizard of oz when she's sick

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Charity/CC said...

Reading his favorite book.

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brendaelsner said...

My kids love to snuggle and watch their favorite movies when they are sick.

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slehan said...

Being read to from favorite books.
Thanks for the contest.

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Princess Golden Hair said...

When my child is under the weather a simple cuddle while I read him his favorite book makes him smile.

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BusyWorkingMama said...

My daughter loves a good art project or glue collage project.
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Kari Flores said...

A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kathryn C said...

eating tomato soup and Pepperidge Farm cheddar goldfish crackers
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ellie said...

My 5 year old likes to play Candyland with him when he's feeling under the weather.

cassandra said...

Definitely watching funny movies together!
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daveshir2005 said...

She likes to be read to

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susan1215 said...

My daughter loves to read and watch her favorite movies

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Gianna said...

Favorite treats, toys and movies.

maryjaco1 said...

computor games on my netbbok

/\Heather/\ said...

Either chilling under the blanket with the TV on or, if not miserable, drawing pictures.

Katharina said...

We like reading, writing, and playing guessing games best. :-)
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dlhaley said...

I would make a "nest " on the sofa and watch our favorite movies. Thanks for the giveaway!!

IcyPinkLemonade said...

Guess who is a favorite

bettycd said...

My kids loved one on one attention. They snuggled up for reading books and loved to play board games when not feeling good.
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