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. My kids watch old episodes of The Walking Dead on sick days

  2. shared on facebook as amanda daniels hardesty

  3. draws and paint

  4. They lay on the couch.

  5. shared on FB–https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=250501885288209&id=100009851985013&pnref=story

  6. Stephanie Phelps says

    My child loves to play with her etch a sketch on her sick day!

  7. Stephanie Phelps says
  8. Angela Saver says

    When they’re sick, they usually watch television, & paint & draw pictures.

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  9. Angela Saver says
  10. My daughter likes to color pictures on a sick day.

  11. We play board games when they are sick.

  12. 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!

  13. Our little ones like to watch favorite DVDs, and read.

  14. Katie Bellamy says

    They get to lay around and watch t.v. all day and get to be waited on by Mom all day. I’d say thats pretty fun! :)

  15. Stephanie Grant says

    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.

  16. Stephanie Grant says
  17. My little one likes to color while watching movies on the couch. We also like to make homemade play-doh or slime.

  18. Shakeia Rieux says

    My nieces watch cartoons and play games on their tablet https://www.pinterest.com/pin/573716440012384925/

  19. Michele P says

    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.

  20. Michele P says
  21. Jamie Brigham says

    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

  22. Jamie Brigham says
  23. Francine Anchondo says

    My kids usually just lay on the couch and watch tv/movies.

  24. I read to my kids.

  25. On a sick day, my kid usually paints some frames for her friends!

  26. I shared this post on Twitter: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/720324809507414016
    Thank You for the chance!

  27. My children get to take the laptop to their bedroom (usually a big no-no) & lounge around watching their favorite cartoons. They love it, since it is a very rare occurrence. Shared on twitter https://twitter.com/Kammieleon/status/720470742811426820

  28. kathy dalton says

    I watch my grandkids so on sick days we play games on the ipad and have chicken soup

  29. kathy dalton says
  30. We usually snuggle,watch movies,and play games

  31. 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.

  32. Dawn Monroe says

    I let them watch their favorite movie.

  33. Katie Bellamy says

    I make the kids a bed on the couch and we have movie days when the kiddos are sick!

  34. Katie Bellamy says
  35. lissa crane says

    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!

  36. lissa crane says
  37. Danielle McCoy says

    One fun thing, they’re allowed as many popsicles they want :)

    daniellecorrelle @ aol.com

  38. Seyma Shabbir says

    We cuddle ans watch netflix cartoons together!

  39. Seyma Shabbir says
  40. Colleen Busch says

    We snuggle and watch movies when they are sick.

  41. Colleen Busch says
  42. Anne Perry says

    On sick days, we rest and read books.

  43. We allow unlimited videos on sick days!

  44. Annie Ellis says
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  46. Anna Tetreault says

    We watch cartoons and read books and cuddle! :)

  47. Terry Stevens says

    My granddaughter cuddles up under a blanket with a flashlight and a good book on a sick day.

  48. Terry Stevens says
  49. natasha lamoreux says

    My kids enjoy watching cartoons and movies when they are sick.

  50. natasha lamoreux says
  51. Watch movies and color!

  52. They get to play video games on the big screen!

  53. My daughter still likes to color when she is not feeling well.

  54. Angelica Dimeo says

    watch Disney movies together and have some hot cocoa

  55. Legos have been such a lifesaver! Shared the link on Fb. Thank you!

  56. She likes to cuddle and watch movies together.

  57. Missy Marie says

    Watch the fantastic me fox and make chicken noodle soup.

  58. Missy Marie says
  59. My kids cuddle with the get better blanket and watch tv.

    Thnak you!

  60. Shared on twitter.


  61. We cuddle!!

  62. Angela Saver says

    When our kids are home sick, they enjoy coloring, painting & watching old favorite movies!

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  63. Angela Saver says
  64. Allison S. says

    It’s fun because we get to spend a lot of individual time together.

  65. He has a dry erase board that he loves to write and draw on. That is one of his favorites when he is sick and in bed.

  66. 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 :)

  67. Just sleep and take it easy.

  68. Sarah Hall says

    He just lays on the sofa and watches TV.

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