A sniffle or a cough almost always leads to a sick day epidemic in my house. With three kids, we just can’t avoid passing around germs.
While my kids are generally low key when they are SUPER sick, there are days when they’re not. They are *just* sick enough that they need to stay home. But *just* well enough that they can’t sit around and rest all day long.
That’s where this list of sick day activities comes in…
These activities are for when you’ve been stuck in the house for a few days and you and your kids are starting to feel stir crazy!
Even though kids may think that they are ready to conquer the world and play HARD when their fevers pass or their sneezes fade, as parents we know that that isn’t the case.
Sick kids have limited energy, even when they feel better.
Not only because sick kids have limited energy, but also because I know that caring for sick kids can be hard on you too.
I know because I’ve been there.
I AM there…
In solidarity, I made sure that these sick day activities are easy for you to set up and clean up. Because, Momma, you need to rest up too!
Note: There are a few posts that are specific to Christmas time with a * next to them. Don’t worry if it’s not Christmas when you read this list, they can be adapted for any time of year.
15+ Simple Sick Day Activities for Preschoolers
Post-it note puzzles | Happily Ever Mom
Unwrap puzzle pieces | Happily Ever Mom *use aluminum foil if not around x-mas
Pom Pom Sorting | Days with Grey
Bottle Cap Matching Games | My Home-based Life
Story Sort | Munchkins and Moms for Happily Ever Mom
Sticky Velcro Curlers | LalyMom
Foam stickers in the window | Happily Ever Mom *use simple shapes instead
Play Doctor | What’s up Fagans
DIY Name Matching Game | Happily Ever Mom
Threading straws | Teaching 2 and 3 years olds
Popsicle Bath | Busy Toddler
Magnatile Puzzles | Happily Ever Mom
Paint chip puzzles | Happily Ever Mom
Simple Animal puzzle | Munchkins and Moms
Photocopy Sticker Match | Happily Ever Mom
I know that it’s not always easy to care for sick kids.
In fact, it’s no fun for anyone.
But, I also know that these simple sick-day activities can help you and your little one feel a little less stir crazy when you’ve been stuck inside with a bug.
Hopefully, these are *just* what you need to make it through the flu season.
Food to Help You (and Your Kids!) Feel Better from Happily Ever Mom