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.

Fun personalized dry erase book from All for the Boys blog. Great for travel!

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.

Fun personalized dry erase book from All for the Boys blog. Great for travel!

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.

Fun personalized dry erase book from All for the Boys blog. Great for travel!

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

Fun personalized dry erase book from All for the Boys blog. Great for travel!

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.

Fun personalized dry erase book from All for the Boys blog. Great for travel!Fun personalized dry erase book from All for the Boys blog. Great for travel!

So fun! We always have a nice cup with a straw in our sick bucket as well.




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  1. Deanna says

    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!

  2. Barbara says

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

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. Margaret Smith says

    When my kids are feeling under the weather, they like to rest with a bunch of pillows and a special cuddle blanket and watch tv.

  8. lisa brown says

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

  9. D Schmidt says

    My son seems to really perk up when playing with Play Doh and Moon Sand! Its odd but it seems to help him feel better.

  10. Stephanie V. says

    frozen yogurt – I always get them their favorite flavor at the yogurt store and they love it! (and perfect for those sore throats)
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  11. Tab says

    Forts or tents in the living room never fail to make a little guy feel a little better! We can read books in there, pretend to be camping in our favorite place – Yellowstone, watch a movie through the "tent door", or just snuggling mom and dad in the tent are all great ways to cheer up my boys :)

  12. says

    I found this idea just in time to try it out for me and my boys who are all down with the stomach bug. My 6 year old absolutely loved this activity! My 4 year old mostly just needed cuddles, but I think Mucinex definitely would not work for the stomach bug!

  13. kourtney says

    snuggles are important when feeling sick, but when they need to be alone its movies or their personal favorite show.

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