20 Non-Electronic Ideas to Entertain a Sick Child
Looking for fun things to do when your kids are sick? None of us like sick kids. Runny nose, a low or high fever, strep throat, a viral infection, whatever it is, it makes us sad when we have sick children. But we have so many fun things younger kids and older kids will love that done include staring at a screen. Having a little fun will make a kid feel better!
Fun Things For Kids To Do When They’re Sick
I wanted to share these non-screen ideas to entertain a sick child because as the days run on, the ideas run out. When our kids are sick, they are home… all day. They can’t play outside, they can’t go to school, you can’t take them to a park.
Related: screen free activities for kids
It makes my heart break to know that they already don’t feel well, but to top it off… they can’t be anywhere but home (we don’t want to spread germs!) Today… we will talk about ways to make them SMILE even when they are sick.
Ways to Keep Sick Kids Entertained When They’re Sick
Read, read and read again. And if they can’t read, then you can read them a book. It’s a good idea for a sick toddler who may not want to move around or a great way for an older kid to enjoy some excitement while not feeling well.
More Reading & Book Ideas
2. Where’s Waldo Printables
Get a few “look and find” books like Where’s Waldo?. If you don’t have a book, print off some, look & find pictures online.
More Hidden Pictures Puzzles for Kids:
- Shark hidden pictures puzzle
- Baby Shark hidden pictures puzzle
- Unicorn hidden pictures puzzle
- Rainbow hidden pictures puzzle
- Day of the Dead hidden pictures puzzle
- Halloween hidden pictures puzzle
3. Build An Indoor Pillow Fort
Build a fort and read in it. Here are a TON of indoor forts that you could try! Pick one together and go for it.
More Fort Building Ideas
- Depending on your weather, build a trampoline fort!
- These air forts are cool.
- Build a blanket fort!
- Kids forts and WHY!
4. Play With Toys
Play with toys. Simple, right? Your kids will love it if you get on the floor with them or hop into their bed with some princesses, knights, and cars!
DIY Toys if You Need Some Variety
- Make your own DIY fidget toys
- DIY baby toys
- Upcycle ideas for kids
- What to make with a box
- Craft toys
- Make rubber band toys
5. Look At Old Photos
Look at old pictures in photo albums or online. Our kids could look at pictures of themselves as babies for hours on end.
6. Ocean Crafts
Bring the ocean inside and pretend to be on vacation at the beach.
More Beach Fun You Can Do at Home
- Make blanket tic tac toe
- Choose from a big list of beach crafts
- Print and play a beach word search puzzle
- Learn sight words with this beach ball game
- Color beach coloring pages
7. A Warm Bubble Bath
Take a bath. When our younger kids are sick, they love to hop in a warm bathtub. The warm water is good for a fever and they play with their water toys.
Try a congestion-fighting bath bomb kid idea that can help babies & kids breathe better!
More Bath Fun When You are Sick
- Make your own bathtub paint
- Or DIY this bubble gum bath salts recipe
- Play with bath crayons or make your own Star Wars bath soap crayons
- Make your own bath toys
- Make easy unwinding bath melts
8. Enjoy A Movie Day
Find a movie that you haven’t seen in a while, hop into your bed and snuggle up together. Last week, our son told me that his favorite part about being sick was laying in my bed watching movies with me. Oh- and eating ice cream to make his throat feel better.
Need a movie suggestion? Check out our best family movies list!
9. Make A Milkshake
Make a milkshake. Depending on how sick they are, our kids love to know that they are going to have a milkshake! It is so soothing on their throats and such a treat since we never have milkshakes. Sometimes I will run to get one at a drive-thru restaurant, because I will need to get out of the house, too!
More Cold Delicious Drinks & Pops for Sick Kids
- Healthy smoothie recipes kids love
- Easy smoothie recipes for the entire family
- Kids breakfast smoothie ideas
- Popsicle recipes are perfect for sick days
- Healthy popsicle recipes for kids
- How to make quick pops
- Make banana pops
10. Fun Mermaid Craft
Make a mermaid craft. Our daughter loves all things mermaid, so making a mermaid or pirate craft would keep her happy, even in her most sick moments.
More Crafts for Sick Kids to Make
- Choose from this big list of 5 minute crafts
- Make handprint crafts together
- Try one of these preschool arts and crafts
- Try some paper plate crafts
- Or this list of construction paper crafts is pretty great
11. DIY Dinosaur Craft
Build a dinosaur out of toilet paper rolls. Our kids have so much fun doing this!
More Dinosaur Fun for Sick Kids
- Make some dinosaur crafts
- Check out the interactive dinosaur map
- Print & color dinosaur coloring pages and more dinosaur coloring pages
Ways to Keep Sick Kids Entertained
12. Free Printable Coloring Pages
Draw a lot. Print out some free coloring pages and just color, draw and glue to your heart’s content!
Handpicked Coloring Pages for Sick Kids
- Bug coloring pages
- Squishmallow coloring pages
- Flower coloring pages
- Minecraft coloring pages
- Baby Shark coloring pages
- Encanto coloring pages
- Pokemon coloring pages
- Cocomelon coloring pages
13. Have A Spa Day
Paint their nails, put on fake tattoos, play beauty parlor or hair salon.
14. Pretend Play Doctor
Play nurse and doctor. When our kids are sick, they love when I act like a doctor. Ask your child to be that patient (and even when they already are, pretending will be more fun) and then switch roles.
15. Fold Clothes Together
Fold clothes together. It might seem boring, but it will be an easy way of resting while talking together. “You put socks together while I fold shirts.”
16. Plan A Vacation Together
Look at vacation spots online together. Our kids and I love to look at pictures of our favorite vacation spot!
17. Play A Board Game
Play a good, old fashioned board game! Find ones like Sorry or Trouble and have a blast. Check out our list of favorite family board games!
18. Paint With Kool Aid
Let him paint with Kool-aid.
19. Make Up A Story
Make up a story. Sometimes, our favorite moments are when we are sitting together and making up a story. Each person says one sentence or one part and then the next person takes a turn. Example: I would say “The bear came over to the boys and said… ” and then our child would finish it and make his own.
20. Build A Racecar Track
Build a track with masking tape and let your child play there.
The Most Important Thing When You’re Kid Is Sick:
The most important way to keep sick kids entertained is just to be there if you can.
I used to love being sick because…
It meant snuggling with my mom on our blue couch.
It meant lying under her navy and white knitted blanket while she rubbed my head.
And it meant eating mint chocolate chip ice cream on the couch and watching my favorite movies.
The most important part is just spending time with your child… to get him on the road to recovery.
More Sick Day Ideas From Kids Activities Blog
Whether it’s flu season, you’re stuck at home eating the brat diet, or you have other common symptoms of an illness, here are more fun activities kids of all ages will love.
- Sick Day Playdough
- DIY Sick Kit
- Homemade Suckers: Lemon Honey
- Laughter Is The Best Medicine
- Easy Quiet Activity Using Crazy Straws
Do you have any good ideas to make sick days better? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.