My husband has pneumonia, and this morning I woke up with my chronic sinusitis flaring up rather badly. Like puffy eyes, blocked ears, and feeling like the whole left side of my face was clubbed repeatedly with a coconut bad. So we mostly stayed inside, and, I am ashamed to admit, gave the kid free reign with the ipad for… most of the day. Let’s just say it was more screen time than a kid should normally have in a week. We did some reading, we did some laundry, I did filing and paperwork, but she clearly had way more energy than two sick adults were going to be much help with.
So today’s post is part list and part begging for things to add to the list because it’s far too short. What are your favorite rainy day, sick day, or just I-need-to-get-stuff-done day strategies for keeping kids busy at home? Preferably things that are safe/educational/cheap/geeky. Bonus points for things that a young kid can do on her own with little-to-no supervision while the parent(s) quietly drink tea on the couch while willing their respective lungs/heads not to explode. Or things that will also entertain the needs-to-be-walked-more border collie.
Today we covered things like:
- Dress up
- Blanket forts
- Twirling until you fall down dizzy. In overalls with a tutu. I did not partake in the twirling – just watching was enough to make me queasy.
- Books. And some more books, and then some books. And did I mention if I have to read A Chocolate Moose for Dinner one more time it’s going out the window?
- Helping mom fold laundry (which mostly consists of knocking the piles over at this point, although she’s pretty good at pairing up socks)
- Floor puzzles and wooden trains. Which seem to be kryptonite to my patience, for some reason. Man, doing a puzzle with a toddler can make me crazy beyond reason, and I don’t know why.
- Art. Lots of art.
More ideas, anyone? This is really more a cry for help than a blog post because, um, tomorrow is Sunday, and the adults are both still sick, so we need to get through round two.
At least Little Darth Cook will bring you a nice tray when you’re under the weather: