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Surviving Sick Days - DIY Dry Erase Book

I'm happy to be back with Part 2 of our "Surviving Sick Days" series with Children's Mucinex! In our first post we talked about staying healthy (we all try SO hard) but when the cold or flu does hit I definitely go into full blown Mom mode. I love being a mom and I love being able to take care of my kiddos.

A great way to put a smile on your kids' faces is with a Sick Days bucket. Fill a bucket/basket with activities, crafts, games, etc. so that in addition to the tv, your kids have a lot of options at hand.

One thing I made for them that they couldn't put down is our "My Crazy Family" album. It's a dry erase album with photos of family members that you can decorate however you want, erase, and do it all over again.

I used a smaller 3 ring binder with 5.5"x8.5" page protectors but any size will work. You could even just clip the page protectors onto a clipboard. For the photos I lightened them up before printing so that the drawings would show up better.

To keep the markers with the album I glued elastic onto the inside of the binder that the markers could slip into.

You could add plain paper, words to practice writing, coloring pages with their favorite characters - whatever you think they'd like best and get the most use out of. I put 1 photo in each protector so the other side would be blank.

That's it! They can draw and erase as much as they want. This album puts a HUGE smile on my boys' faces.

So fun! We always have a nice cup with a straw in our sick bucket as well. And lately the Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom cold has never been far from my reach. Luckily it does help clear their congestion and feel a bit better while they are fighting the bug.

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Reader Comments (146)

What a great idea! Watching movies all day gets old real quick. I think this would be a great cheer up for a sick friend too. I love C's art-especially the tats!

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Lego's always make my son smile =) ((Sometimes I think he fakes sick just so he can play with them all day, haha))

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

My kids just love snuggling, drawing together or being read to, when they are sick.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

My kids like it when I make them their favorite homemade chicken soup - that and a good read-aloud book make them smile.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

My kiddo loves watching movies and cuddling with just me, it makes him smile if I can send his little brother somewhere and he can be home sick without competing for attention.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Nelson


February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea H

This is such an awesome idea! Love it! We've got the sniffles today and play dough and movies seem to be helping :)

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

My little one still enjoys reading those funny stories he loves even when he is well.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersusan

Hate to say it but computer games and TV.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfran

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

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly D

My daughter loves doing puzzles!

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February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMami2jcn

My son likes watching his favorite cartoons

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElena

I am soooo pinning this idea! I am definitely going to do this... maybe for an upcoming birthday!

One thing we love doing when someone is down is watching YouTube videos... usually we type "funny baby" and laugh the time away.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

When my son is feeling poorly, we love to snuggle up together on the sofa and watch a favourite movie. Usually Cars :-) We don't have an actual TV, just a projector and a screen which we get out on special occassions, so it's a special treat for him.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenni (Museum Diary)

Hot cocoa and marshmallows :)

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarta H.

Playing a board game or card game with mom and dad.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristine w.

We love watching movies and playing cards.
and HUGS!!!!!!!
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February 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermary norman

Lots of snuggles! :)

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February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErika

My boys love to snuggle with me and watch a good movie or read a book or sleep.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love this idea! My kiddos like dry erase stuff as it is, and this brings it to another level. Did you use regular paper or photo paper? Anyhoo... when my kiddos are sick they/we like to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie. It lets them rest but passes the time in a fun way.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

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