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Keeping Kids Entertained On A Sick Day

I am so delighted to have been chosen to participate in a three part series for Children’s Mucinex. Being the mom of 5 kids I know a few things about coping during the cold and flu season. My first post in this series focused on the ways I try to keep my kids healthy during the sick season. Today’s post is all about what I like to call the Sick Day Busy Box.


Even though I hate when my kids feel miserable with the sick day blues I must admit that I do enjoy the extra one-on-one time I get to spend with them. Our lives are really busy these days so I try to make the most of every single moment I get to spend with my kids. When they are stuck at home on those sick days I want to make sure they stay engaged and busy so we enjoy our day together.


Many years ago I came up with the Sick Day Busy Box. It’s exactly what it sounds like- a box full of all kinds of fun and new activities to keep the kids entertained and busy on days when are home sick. The first one I made was a shoebox filled with a few little toys from fast food restaurants that had been collecting in my car. Over the years it has evolved and turned into something that the kids look forward to no matter how miserable they might feel.



As you can see, my current Sick Day Busy Box contains things that will appeal to all of my kids. I shop the sales and clearance sections all year long to keep my Sick Day Busy Box stocked with fun activities. I typically include things like a new movie, coloring books and crayons, arts and crafts activities, word searches, new books and puzzles. The box is for sick days only and it really does help my kids enjoy what could otherwise be a miserable and boring day.


To make sure that my kids feel as comfortable as they can during their sick day I reach for Children’s Mucinex. Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold helps them get relief from their stuffy noses, chest congestion, and coughs. I like knowing they only need to take one medication to help alleviate their discomfort and relieve their symptoms. Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold allows my kids to forget about being sick so they can enjoy all the fun stuff in the Sick Day Busy Box.


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For the chance to win a $100 CVS Gift Card, leave a comment and tell me what activity makes your child smile when under the weather?

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  • ice cream and disney movies

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • my kids love to watch videos when they are under the weather! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • watching movies and peanut butter and marshmallows sandwiches.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • watching tv

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • I would make a ” nest ” on the sofa and watch our favorite movies.

  • Cuddling, watching movies and having ice cream πŸ™‚


  • Reading and tv

  • Finger painting! I don’t allow them to do it too often since it’s really messy (usually I end up with paint on the floor and all over the bathroom when they wash up). Sick days are an exception to that rule.

  • Watching Pokemon videos all day!

  • Favorite treats, toys and movies.

  • I make chicken soup and let them lay in my bed and watch movies

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  • When they were little, usually just some extra cuddling and being read to would make them smile at least a little.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  • I would have to say watching movies or Coloring!

  • Watching movies and eating popsicles.

  • light crafts, paperdolls, or felt cutouts
    Kathryn C

  • Reading and coloring plus sleeping

  • watching TV in bed, and coloring/sticker books!

  • Mine likes to cuddle up on the couch with a good movie.
    aleksnearing gmail com

  • Rachel Ellis

    My son likes to watch movies and cuddle in bed when he is sick.

  • Hugs and a big fluffy blanket with their favorite movies usually does the trick.

  • Oops, forgot email: senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Thanks for the giveaway…puzzles & video games help our kids stay busy when cold & flu keeps them home from school.

  • playing the card game war

  • I read to him (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

  • by watching waaaay too many episodes of Dora.

  • My son likes to watch TV or play a handheld game when he’s sick

  • We will usually watch her favorite video.


  • Reading his favorite stories.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com



  • My daughter likes to watch the wizard of oz when she is sick.


  • We snuggle up and watch movies and cartoons.

  • Spending the day at home with mom and watching movies πŸ™‚

  • watching tv!

  • Sue

    I curl up with em and watch a favorite movie or read a book πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    visits from various family/friends if allowablee

  • I like to shop at the dollar store for small things that make kids happy. Surprises make life fun.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • coloring books and crayons always put on a smile

  • My kid loves watching cartoons.

  • playing games

  • lots of movies and her kindle

  • my nephew loves to color and play with his kindle

  • Reading has always made my daughter smile when she’s under
    the weather. Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  • We make a pillow and blanket island on the living room floor and watch movies.

  • watching films ty.

  • Watching comedies while laying on the couch under a blanket.

  • Snuggles and sherbet ice cream.

    seanm 1999 at hotmail dot com

  • Daniel M

    watching all the favorite movies – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  • Anonymous

    We watch funny cartoons.

  • When my daughter is sick, she loves to cuddle and watch movies!

  • I don’t have kids, but as a kid I loved to watch TV when sick because I could just lay there. LOL
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • They love to color or play with dads tablet.

  • we cuddle on the couch and watch Miyazaki films, and chow down on some homemade soup.
    Sam Cox

  • They like to snuggle up with a good book
    Diane Baum

  • special snuggles, warm blankets out of the dryer and a movie always helps!

  • Watching the Cartoon Channel

  • sy

    My little cousin likes to make storybook or watch shows with me when she’s under the weather, with some rest she always recovers very quickly.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • Her favorite thing is to cuddle on the couch with mom and read books.


  • Doing puzzles and then having someone read a book to them while drinking hot chocolate.

  • My granddaughter likes to snuggle on the couch with her blanket and pillow and watch her favorite movie.

  • My kids and I like to lounge around and watch movies when they are sick. Helps make the sickness go by faster!

  • Playing the price is right together while watching..just like i used to do as a kid

  • We create a hotel with chairs and blankets. Take Mucinex. They may check in but never stay!! AHCHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Amy

    Painting and reading books always make my kids smile when they are under the weather. It’s a rather light activity that they can enjoy at home. πŸ™‚

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • We just stay in and read books, play games etc.

  • The game Uno Attack

  • It just depends – when they’re open to humor, my ‘funny voice’ conquers all. but if they’re in ‘full tilt whine’ mode, nothing works.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  • My nieces love the movie marathons I make for them when they’re sick, it brightens their day also when we have karaoke!


  • my son loves cartoons
    bwebber2779 at andersonuniversity dot edu

  • Snuggling in the recliner with mommy and a soft blanket. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    My boys like to watch tv and drink cold drinks with straws and ice pops.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • We always watch afavorite movie together all covered up cozy and warm!

  • I really like the idea of that Sick Day Busy Box. We usually put in movies since they normally don’t get to watch them. Leaving TV and movies for special times only makes it so they really enjoy watching it when the opportunity comes along.

  • A new Disney movie brings smiles.

  • He loves relaxing on the couch watching his favorite cartoons or movies.. and usually requires cuddling


  • MaryR

    They like to cuddle up on the couch, with lots of blankets and watching TV.

  • My son likes to watch TV when he is sick especially any of the the Nick Jr. shows. 40denise(dot)taylor(at)gmail(dot)com

  • We always loved to snuggle up and watch a movie, great distraction to take her mind off of feeling sick

  • I love this idea! My son gets sick a lot and he likes to play on his kindle when he is under the weather

    thank you christycolln33@gmail.com

  • playing on the ipad
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  • they love to watch funny movies, or their favorite cartoons, while eating soup and relaxing!

  • homemade soup, comfy blankets, and funny movies.

  • Snuggling up and watching a movie together.

  • Snuggle time! He loves it when he is sick!
    Price21100@ yahoo .com

  • Playing video games makes him smile.

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

  • We love drinking cocoa with mini marshmallows and making up our own fairytales.

  • building a fort!

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  • Watching movies and snuggling with the dog cheer ’em up.

  • We pretty much let the kids veg in front of the tv or rest if they’re under the weather. Reading now that they’re older is also a nice quiet activity.

  • Watching Caillou, always Caillou!

  • Norma

    Coloring books, chicken soup and sorbet all helped.
    bingomamanorma at gmail dot com

  • I don’t have kids, but when I was little and feeling sick mom made sure I had plenty of books to keep my happy πŸ™‚

  • Joni Mason

    When my grandson is sick I let him lay on me all day and we read,eat my home made potato soup and watch Dumbo and Sesame Street over and over.

  • Getting to be in charge of the remote.

  • Television makes my children smile when they are under the weather.

  • I keep them comfortable and entertained, telling jokes and putting fun movie on the tv πŸ™‚

  • My kids love to watch cartoons.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • My little one loves when I read him a book & even when he’s under the weather it still brings him lots of joy

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

  • Love this idea! We make ‘super juice’ white grape juice and emergen-C and watch lots of movies (I don’t usually let our little one watch TV)

  • They love it when I read them a story – thank you.
    They don’t feel like doing any more than that.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  • coloring!

  • She loves to paint when she’s feeling sick.

  • My kids don’t do well with activities when they really are feeling sick. What usually makes them smile is to get out the warm blanket and their old fave books to read.
    I like your activity box idea though. There are many phases of being sick and the kids would appreciate and focus on something new and different
    tjandbcd at optonline dot net

  • I have kids who love ice cream.

  • icecream makes him smile

  • My son loves watching you tube videos when he is sick.

  • Anonymous

    My daughter loves to watch movies and do puzzles when she’s under the weather.


  • Mazes, favorite cartoon videos and clam chowder soup

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

  • My boy loves to watch The Wizard of Oz, over and over again!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  • My kids loved playing video games.

  • tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/314017270978445313

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • My son loves to cuddle with me and his favorite blanket while watching his favorite movies when he is feeling under the weather.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • My daughter likes to read a funny book!

  • I have no kids but I enjoyed puzzle books when i felt down

  • Watching movies and reading books

  • Reading a book keeps her happy.

  • playing with his ipod and chocolate shakes

  • telling jokes makes my child laugh even when they are sick.

  • Ann Fantom

    My daughter smiles when watching Disney movies when she isn’t feeling well

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • When my daughter was young we would watch her favorite movie and then we would play board games.

  • Hangman and tic tax toe are popular, low-energy games in our house.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have kids yet, but I’d definitely love watching Sesame Street with them if I did!


  • We snuggle in on the couch and watch movies.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  • My daughter loves to watch The Parent Trap in her room over and over again when she feels crummy. She knows the words by heart.

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  • I don’t have a child, but I do have a niece that I would give this to if I won! I love her! When I was little, I loved Gatorade and soap! My Mom always gave me forehead kisses and treated me like a queen! I love my Mom! She’s the greatest.. I hope this entry still counts, but if it doesn’t because I don’t have children, then I understand! Have a wonderful day!

  • My son loves playing with his LEGOs.


  • twitted this today, 18/03

  • Watching movies makes them feel better.

  • my boys love to play games on my ipad when they’re feeling under the weather angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • a cute movie favorite passes the sick time with a nice cup of warm tea with honey. makes my son smile everytime

    addrienne mertens

  • My kiddos love coloring!

  • cuddling with me and watching cartoons

  • Reading books with me (or listening to me read)! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  • Playing video game with daddy

  • Oh Carter always loves when I read books to him when he is not feeling well! Always his favorite!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

  • my kids love watching home movies when they are sick

  • When my kids are feeling bad they just want to lie around and watch movies.

  • Besides reading stores and doing puzzles-baking chocolate chip cookies

  • My daughters love to watch movies or play the ipad

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

  • Loves to play games such as go fish or finger paint!

  • Playing monopoly or Yahtzee!

  • Anonymous

    he’s only 3 months but when he’s fussy he loves to fly “airplane”! scg00387 at yahoo dot com scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • Kat

    she loves to color and watch TV

  • We like to make silly rhyming words while snuggling in the bed. Often my daughter falls asleep within minutes.


  • painting or paper crafting

  • They love watching movies.

  • they like to watch movies when sick
    stigay at comcast.net

  • We keep our kids busy with audiobooks. They’re far more engaging than dvds and tv, and it gets them interested in tv. There’s lots of great sites where you can download original stuff, instead of the same old public domain stories like Red Riding Hood. This is a good one where you can download original stuff for free. http://www.twirlygirlshop.com/stories-for-kids

  • My kids just like to stay in bed and watch their favorite cartoons or play on the ipad.

  • cw

    We make vitamin C smoothies, snuggle, and read together

  • He likes to play old school video games on the Super Nintendo when he’s sick.

  • Movies – Cuddles and blankets πŸ™‚

  • JC

    They love coloring or watching cartoons.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Watching cartoons with grandmama.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  • puzzles

  • Lots and lots of snuggling, holding and hugging.

  • reading a pop up book! she loves it

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

  • Reading books together

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  • Ann Fantom

    My daughter likes to watch Disney movies when she is sick.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • Watching TV (not usually allowed) or getting to spend one on one time with us!

  • My kids always liked making a “tent” with blankets and watching a favorite movie.

  • My kids love just vegging in front of the TV. tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

  • frozen yogurt – I always get them their favorite flavor at the yogurt store and they love it!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • My son loves to play with Moon Sand!

  • playing video games

  • When we spend time reading together, or doing any other craft projects at home, and television, they always feel better.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • watching cartoons all day

  • Snuggling and watching special movies together seem to cheer my kids up.
    Thanks so much.

  • A banana milkshake does the trick!

  • My kids often get milkshakes – a special treat!

  • Lots of snuggles! πŸ™‚

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  • Elena

    My son likes watching cartoons


  • My daughter loves doing puzzles!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • What a cute idea!

    When my kids are sick, they just like the star treatment from Mom. They get all their favorite foods, favorite TV shows. If they are up to a game, we play that. It is a way for me to give them more one on one time in a house full. One of my memories as a child when I was sick was a special coloring book from Dad, and I would get my favorite bowl of tomato soup with lots of bread, a big glass of chocolate milk and would watch Andy Griffith with Mom.

  • My kids like to color together or work on word searches or mazes when they are not feeling well.

  • We grab a bag of Grammy’s homemade noodles out of the freezer and make a nice batch of chicken soup, curl up under our favorite fuzzy blanket and watch a movie.

  • Love this! We like to snuggle up with a favorite book πŸ™‚

  • That box is such a cute idea!