Things To Do With Sick Kids

Sick Kids Resting
With children, cold and flu season can hit hard (especially when they attend school or daycare, where children basically become cute little virus carriers). Sometimes it seems like right after everyone's recovered from one bug another creeps in, does its rounds, and makes everyone completely miserable.

We try to stay healthy by eating well, keeping our distance when others are sick, and finding great remedies that work best with our bodies.

We always have A. Vogel Soothing Cough Syrup on hand (the most effective cough medicine I have ever used), and
Homeocan Pain and Fever Homeopathic Medicine Kids 0-9- to ease severe discomfort.

This cold season kickoff was the first time I had two little ones simultaneously home sick, and I didn't want to just sit around all day feeling lousy, being grumpy, and going stir crazy.

So I asked for advice.

Here's a collection of the suggestions I received, and some great things to keep spirits up, making everyone's day a little bit brighter:

Bubble bath in the tub!


And this is how we started our sick day- a nice warm bubble bath with essential oils to help relieve some of the congestion (peppermint and eucalyptus are great for this). My girls could stay in the tub for hours- long after the water gets cold- but when they're sick baths are brief and they're right into comfy, warm clothes.

Sick child playing video games

That's what video games are for;)


Even though my girls are only 10 months and 3 years respectively, this isn't actually outlandish. We've discovered some fantastic sites for simple toddler-appropriate educational games. Her favourites: TVO KidsPBS KidsDinosaur Playground

All of which she can navigate easily on her own (while her sister delights in the bright colours and funny sounds).

Sick girl drawing

Colouring! Basically anything that doesn't require running around


When energy levels are high, colouring tends to be a short-lived activity in our home, but these low-key days mean that my toddler will spend a bit more time quietly enjoying her crayons and craft box.


sick kids reading

Story books, and lots of cuddles.


I welcome any excuse to read to my kids. I've held on to a collection of children's books that belonged to my grandmother. She read them to me. I read them to my son (now 14), and now I'm reading them to my daughters. Sick days are as good as any other to sit down, cuddle up, and share these stories.

Make your own playdough! And here's a simple recipe:

3 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
6 tsp. cream of tarter
3 tbsp. oil
3 cups water
    Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months

    We didn't have nearly enough time for them all, but here are a few more fantastic suggestions:
    • Snakes and ladders 
    • Puzzles
    • Watching classic movies 
    • Seasonal activities: carving pumpkins, baking gingerbread, or decorating Easter eggs

    ... and, of course, REST.

    What things do you do with your kids when they're sick?

    And hey! You should come visit me on YouTube HERE.

    Thank You Janice, Jim, Lisa, Sally, Pablo, Karen, Hayley, and Cathy for helping to brighten up our day. 
    And to everyone bracing themselves for cold and flu season to hit their house? Good luck, and take good care.