If you follow our blog on a regular basis, you might have noticed that I’ve disappeared off the blogging radar for the past two weeks. That’s because our household came down with the flu on October 31st. I’m pretty sure it was the piggy variety. I got it last, of course, after everyone else had recovered, and just about the time I was thinking I would escape it.
It was a tough recovery. My kids would feel better and the fevers would go away, and then the next day the temp would go back up. And they were just soooo tired. Not enough energy to run around, bored with movies and TV and books, and CRANKY!
Buy 5 or 6 matchbox-type cars just for these kinds of days. Keep them separate from your other collection of vehicles. If you pull them out infrequently, they’ll always seem “fresh and new”. I like the cars from the movie Cars. They are slightly bigger, and have faces, which makes a jump start into pretend play. Girls love cars, too!
Get out your blocks and make garages, houses, roads and buildings. Your child can lay on the floor and play. See Miss Beth’s blog from yesterday for more ideas as well.
And I’m not talking about the expensive character stickers here. Whatever is inexpensive and plentiful – small smiley faces, little animal stickers, colored dots. We often get them in the mail in ads for children’s books or magazines, and I store them away for a rainy day. I also get sticker books from Costco at a good price.
Give your child a piece of colored paper – or whatever paper you have handy, and let them stick away. As always, it’s not about the end result, it’s about the process. Stickers are great for fine motor skill development, and keep children occupied for great stretches of time.
If your child is closer to the age of two, cut the stickers into strips, and bend the edge of the backing away from the top of the stickers, so that they can easily be pulled off.
Natalie and I made homemade playdough, and then she played on her new messy mat with her brothers for close to 2 hours. Yes, there was dough mashed in the knees and elbows of her jammies when she was done, but homemade playdough washes right out.
Here’s our favorite playdough recipes. Don’t have playdough “tools”? Just look in your kitchen! Plastic knives, forks, rolling pin, cookie cutters, cups, lids, utensils with textures, a garlic press… the possibilities are endless.
We’ve had a vinyl messy mat that finally gave up the ghost after 10 years. It was stained, and torn and lumpy. I found a great OLD product (It’s been around since the 18th century!) that has taken its place and I LOVE it! It’s called oilcloth, and it cleans up so easily. Your grandmother might have used it as a tablecloth, though it was originally a floor covering.
I purchased 3 extra yards, and I will send a yard to the first three people who post a comment about what their kids love to do when recovering from being sick.
-posted by Miss Analiisa, who has finally caught up with the nearly 1000 emails that came through when she was out with the flu!