15 Activities To Keep Kids Busy When They Are Sick

Nobody likes to be sick so I wanted to share some ways to make a sick day fun for kids. All of these can be done from the couch! A big thank you to Pfizer for sponsoring today’s post and providing a product bundle as a giveaway. I’m not a doctor and this post should not be taken as medical advice. I’m just a mom sharing what works for our family :)


  • Have a movie marathon
  • Eat treats like popsicles that make a sore throat feel better
  • Play some board games together
  • Cut out paper strips and make a paper chain to decorate the house
  • Let your child play with special toys from the rainy day box
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Let your child help plan your next family vacation
  • Read books from the library
  • Make playdough creations
  • Make thank you cards for members of the military (here’s where to send them)
  • Make sock puppets and put on a puppet show for the family
  • Paint nails
  • Play a game on a tablet
  • Look through photo albums together
  • Put together a puzzle

Make sure to head to Target and stock up on over the counter medicines that will make your little one feel better when they are sick! Our must-have list includes Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Advil® and Children’s Dimetapp®.

  • Infants’ and Children’s Advil® provide unsurpassed fever and pain relief, and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers (for ages 6 months -11 years)
  • Children’s Robitussin® provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years)
  • Children’s Dimetapp® provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms (for ages 6+)


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1) Leave a comment telling me one fun thing your child does on a sick day

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 Giveaway ends April 15, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

85 thoughts on “15 Activities To Keep Kids Busy When They Are Sick”

  1. On a sick day my kids usually have a fever, so I try to get them to swim around a bit in the pool in hopes of cooling them down!

  2. There really isn’t anything considered fun on my sons sick days but I think if you ask him its fun to play his favorite Xbox games all day with no limit bc he is sick so his exempt from the 1 hour rule for the day.

  3. she will usually sleep in and get plenty of rest. Then when she starts to feel a little better she will watch some TV or play a video game or go online.

  4. On a sick day my son and I usually make popcorn and watch movies together. He loves just laying in my bed watching movies while he recovers

  5. We like to watch movies together, nap, play with playdoh, and color when the little ones don’t Feel well. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. My kiddo’s love to curl up on the couch with their stuffed animals and watch movies when they’re sick! I usually give them a new coloring book and a new pack of crayons, just to add a little fun too!

  7. When my daughter was little we would get her all snug on the couch. She could watch all her movies all day. She would get lots of love,snuggles and popsicles. I could use this since my sweet little niece decided to share her cold with me. Thank you for the chance :)


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