I could hear the coughing and sniffling coming from her room down the hall. My little girl was feeling miserable. She had been in preschool for only 2 weeks and she had already brought home a cold. Not only was it making her feel awful but the rest of the family was starting to come down with it, too!
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That’s usually how it goes, right? My daughter is very active so it is difficult to get her to sit still and rest when she is sick. I try to get her to lay with me on the couch so we both can get better faster, but it usually only lasts for a few minutes before she is wanting to get into something else.
We all know that rest is important if you want to get better but try telling that to a curious 3 year old who is very determined to do what she wants.
I know I can’t be the only one with this problem so I wanted to share a few things that have actually kept my active child occupied while she was sick this past week. She is feeling a lot better now and will be back to her super active self in no time!
Some things that she really enjoyed doing were:
- coloring with mommy
- playing with her sticker books
- making silly faces with her magnetic animal faces book
- reading stories with mommy
- watching a couple movies
- playing on her tablet
Yes, I let my toddler have screen time, especially when she is sick. It is just a great way to get her to lay still and rest for a while. I really like letting her play games that are educational so she is still learning while she plays.
We recently were able to try the new Noddy Toyland Detective app that is available on iTunes and Google Play. My little girl loves watching the TV show on Netflix so she was excited to give it a try.
You are able to play as Noddy and help him solve mysteries in Toyland. It will show your child a picture of the who, what, or where clue that they need to find to solve the mystery. My daughter loved being able to move the car around Toyland looking for the clues.
I did have to help her the first few times until she got the hang of it but after that she was able to do it on her own. It even puts together a story book of the adventure you just went on when you solve the mystery, so that we could read it together.
She really enjoyed doing the other little activities like:
- playing music with the pirates
- putting together small puzzles
- and changing the design and colors on Rev the car.
Noddy Toyland Detective really kept her occupied so that she could rest and she loves being able to play it now that she is feeling better.
As a mom, I love that it allows me to set play time limits and it is helping her with her vocabulary and problem solving skills. Plus, there are no in app purchases so I don’t have to worry about her accidentally buying something, like she once bought a $20 movie on Amazon!
I hope some of these ideas will help keep your active child occupied when they’re sick so that they can get better and you can get some rest, too! We usually always get sick when they do 🙂
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