Having small children usually means having the sniffles and other sickness a fair amount during cold and flu seasons. Today I’m sharing how we get better through play.
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My Little2Years has two modes: Running or Watching TV…there is not much in between for this guy.
This past week he came down with a cold. You could tell he just was not feeling well. He wanted to watch TV ALL day. Now I think this is a just fine way to spend a sick day BUT he still has energy that he needs to get out…and so letting him watch TV all day ends with him being over stimulated, over tired (because he doesn’t nap as well) and an overwhelmed mama who just wants her baby to get better!
So instead, I’ve implemented some GO-TO activities that will not only help to get some energy out, but will also be relaxing and help my littles to get better and heal faster.
We make homemade playdough about every 6 months. Personally, I like making my own because…
1. I know exactly what’s in it
2. I like the consistency better
3. It’s taste-safe
4. I can add essential oils for healing
I love The Imagination Tree’s playdough recipe that you can find here.
I add a few drops (4-5) of essential oils before kneading the dough, once the dough has began to cool. Adding them to the boiling water will alter the properties of the essential oils.
Let me stop here and tell you a little bit more about Essential Oils:
–We use Plant Therapy’s Kid-Safe line. Why? Because I trust that they have researched and studied all things oils and have recommended oils that they believe are completely safe for children 2 and up.
In the past, I researched and tried to find what was safe, what wasn’t safe, and I really just felt confused because there is so much information out there and it was overwhelming trying to figure it out. When I found this kid-safe line, I no longer had to think about it, but instead trusted that they had done all the hard work for me!
So this is one way that we HEAL & PLAY at the same time!
Playdough helps to develop fine motor skills and use imaginative play.
Another great way to play is in the bath! It’s soothing and calming, but there’s also plenty of room for splashing and toy time to get out lots of energy.
My kiddos LOVE bath time so it’s a really special thing when we do it at an irregular time of the day.
Here’s how we heal during bath time–with some secret ingredients:
—Essential Oils–I use about 3 drops from one of the oils in our Wellness Set
Magnesium helps to heal sore/achy muscles, to sleep better, calm anxiety, relieve headaches, and the list goes on. It is best absorbed topically and it also helps to ensure you don’t get too much (because your body will only take in as much as it needs).
I also use this coconut oil in the winter months to heal dry skin and for its antibacterial properties.
My kids love sensory play: beans, rice, flour, colored water, and the list goes on…
So to help with healing while sick, I added 1/4 tsp of cocount oil plus 1 drop of Germ Destroyer Synergy (also in the wellness set) to beans. This could easily be done with rice, water, or even a homemade moon sand recipe.
The kids played. My little2years breathed in the oils and it helped him to get better while playing. My little3years breathed them in and it helped to boost her immune system to fight the germs in our house.
Making Blanket Forts + Snuggles
Okay so I’m going back to what I stated at the beginning…rest is good for little ones to heal but it’s all in moderation.
Sometimes its hard to get kids to slow down and take a breather and that’s really what they need to help their little bodies heal.
Soo we get our energy out by building a huge fort in the living room, and then picking out our favorite movie to watch under the blankets. This past week it was Frozen 🙂
This is a win-win for everyone and such a great time to get all the snuggles from your little one.
I hope that helps you get through the days of having a little one at home sick! It’s definitely not fun but there are ways that you can help your little one get better through play time activities! These activities are specifically geared toward HEALING. However, if you are looking for more sit-down kind of activities that would keep your little preoccupied from all the aches and pains of being sick, check out this post, where I share lots of ideas to keep littles busy!