It is funny how feelings can change so drastically over time. I realized this on my recent search for activities for kids at home sick.
When I was a Mom for the very first time I would worry myself into a tizzy when my little one was sick. I would fret and fuss and waste every single one of those snugly moments.
Because now that is what I see it as – a waste! With 14 years of Mommyhood now under my belt, I perceive those mild fevers, runny noses, and sick tummies very differently. I now see these mild illnesses as a chance to slow down and really connect with my little ones.
A chance for me to snuggle and craft and work alongside these little boys who (when healthy) are running and jumping their days a way.
I thought I would share these activities for kids at home sick just in case you might share this new found feeling of mine.
So here are some fabulous activities for kids at home sick (to sneak in between the movies and snuggles of course):
Puppet-Making Quiet Bin – A few simple craft supplies are all the kids need to make these puppets. They can spend their time creating, making up stories for their puppets, or both.
Or better yet, grab my eBook for oodles and scoodles of educational quiet bins perfect for a sick little kiddo. And these quiet bins use items you already have at home too.
Friendship Flowers – Yes, it’s usually the one who’s ill who receives a card. Why not turn tradition on its head and let the sick kids make cards for friends they can’t see until they’re feeling better?
Ribbon Weaving Art from Fun-A-Day – Set up the canvas and ribbon, and then let the kids weave as long as they’d like. They can take it apart and reweave, or they can ask for a little bit of help to secure it once they’re happy with the pattern.
9 Band Bracelets for Kids to Make from Kids Activities Blog – Sick little crafters can make their own bracelets while they’re recuperating. These are easy and fun activities for kids home sick.
Make a Collage Book from What Do We Do All Day – Kids can make a simple collage book based on anything they’re interested in using pictures cut out from magazines. If they want to go a step further, they can write down interesting facts on each page, too.
Make a Dinosaur with Cardboard Tubes from Your Modern Family – Use old cardboard tubes to make a dinosaur. Once that’s done, take a picture of it and make a new piece of cardboard tube art.
Sandpaper and Crayon Art from Buggy and Buddy – A simple art invitation that also delves into a sensory experience. Easy to set up and it doesn’t take too much energy for kids who are still recuperating.
Build and Measure from Munchkins and Moms – Kids can build, build, build, and then use a measuring tape or ruler to see how tall their structure is.
Rainbow Button Art from Preschool Inspirations – Grab the buttons you have and let the kids use them to create art. They can sort the buttons by color and create a rainbow, or any other picture they’re interested in making.
Shape Monsters Collage Art from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Use the printable as a basis for collage art. Grab any of the art materials you have on-hand and let the sick kids get to crafting.
Building with Foam Blocks and Shaving Cream from Gift of Curiosity – The children can be engineers as they craft and build all kinds of structures using foam blocks and shaving cream.
Rainbow Rocks from Fun-A-Day – Use colorful rocks to make patterns, sort, and learn more about shapes. You and the kids can make them together, or just use different colors of rocks from the yard or a craft store.
Heart to Heart Journals from Still Playing School – Take turns writing or drawing with the kids in a simple journal.
Color Sorting Activity from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails – Play dough and colorful straws are all the kids need to play and learn with colors.
Outer Space Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Sick little astronauts will enjoy creating space scenes with this outer space play dough invitation.
Lego Emotions Activity from And Next Comes L – Pull out your Lego collection, add the printable emotion cards to a tray, and let the kids build.
Scratch Art from Childhood 101 – Experiment with different ways of creating scratch art. Once the kids determine their favorites, they can make scratch art in between bouts of resting.
Calming “Find It” It Discovery Bottles from The Lady Behind the Curtain – Make a few simple discovery bottles, and then challenge the kids to a “find it” game or two.
Mess Free Water Bead Play from The OT Toolbox – Make a sensory bag using water beads. Sick kids can manipulate the beads, which provides a calming affect for them.
Grape Structures from Real Mom Nutrition – Toothpicks and grapes are all the kids need for this snack activity. It will keep sick kids engaged and encourage them to eat a nutritious snack.
I am sending you and your little ones healing thoughts friends, though also hoping you can enjoy your special quiet time.
I hope these activities for kids home sick are just right for you and yours.
Thank you so much for reading friends, I hope you are having a fabulous week!