'Tis the season. The season of sniffles and sick. Of sleepless nights and warm bodied cuddles. It is also the season of staying home from school and LOTS of TV.
We both have the same thinking...when they are sick let them do exactly what we dream we could do at the end of every day...veg out, relax, eat and sleep. But oddly enough they get bored of hours of Disney JR and Netflix. Sounds crazy...right? But their beautiful brains (thankfully) need more stimuli than just loud crazy images. They need creativity, imagination and thought...even when sick!
Now, this is not saying you should force them to do activities and push them when they are in bad shape but when it's day 2 and they are on the mend from the flu and a 24 hour marathon of PJ Masks or Aquabats has turned into 48 hours a little mom/dad help towards a mellow and creative new activity isn't so bad for them.
4 (mellow new and fun) activities for that looming sick day.
1. Make a Book- Grab a few pieces of paper from your printer, fold in half, and staple the center spine....voila! A book! Let them illustrate and write their own story. And for the littles that can't write, they can dictate the story to you while you write it under their drawings.
2. DIY Playdoh- The best! It does take a little cooking (only a few minutes) but they can help you create any color they want and even help you knead the colors in. Add kid safe glitter and a little vanilla extract for extra excitement. You can also call it "clay" for the older ones who insist playdoh is for babies.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- Food coloring
- 1 cup flour
- Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
- Remove from heat and add flour.
- Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
- Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
3. On Hand Science Boxes- While strolling through the art isles at your local Target (or Amazon), pick up a few science themed boxes for a rainy day. They are inexpensive, easy, engaging and really fun!
4. Cooking- A great way to get them interested in eating if they do it themselves. Grab a kid friendly knife, a bowl, whisk and a cutting board and let them chop and mix up anything you have. (Just no helping by the stove) We often let them come up with their own recipes. They love to experiment with different ingredients and see how it tastes.
We also always have markers and paint/brushes on hand with big art pads (also from Target) for art projects...those are always a good distraction from a Flu. Turn one wall in their room or yours for their creations! Aaron Brothers has a good Buy One Get One on frames and their masterpieces can look even better in a simple gallery frame.
How ever you choose to let them spend their sick days...we hope you get in tons of stolen snuggles and kisses. The only silver lining...they are too tired to run away :)