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.

  14. LaDonna Gay says

    one of my sons favorite things to do when he is sick is to watch old home videos, makes us both smile

  15. Laura Jacobson says

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

  16. Kelly Massman says

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

  17. Cricket says

    This is an *awesome* idea! I'm going to make one for our next plane trip.
    When my kids are sick they get juice boxes and lunch on a cafeteria tray on the couch – they don't get either of those things when they are healthy. And usually a nice bubble bath, too. I can't say any of those things actually makes them feel much better, but it does make them feel a little happier. As long as I don't turn off My Little Pony.

  18. Betty Baez says

    i love this!!!! im going to add this do my projects to do list… reading a story always makes my little ones smile when they are not feeling so well

  19. Wild Orchid says

    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

  20. Barbara Montag says

    The kid love it when we snuggle and read together when they're not feeling well.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  21. Joni Mason says

    When my 2 year old grandson is sick he wants to snuggle with me and watch Dumbo and Sesame Street all day.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  22. Tara Perez says

    When my kids are sick I can always make them smile by cuddling with them on the couch and watching Americas funniest child videos!

  23. Shayne Carson says

    My son always seems to cheer up with a trip to the river to see the water. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Nancy says

    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.

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  26. says

    painting always put a smile on my kids faces whenever they are under the weather. I have to try yours though cos I think it a lot more fun! hahaha…thanks for sharing.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  27. Maureen says

    They liek to have someone read books to them while they are drinking hot chocolate and also to play with puzzles.

  28. Jill L says

    Drinking ginger ale and cuddling with mom is her favorite activity when she is feeling under the weather.

  29. Brooke Sibley says

    My little girl is 2 and LOVES to pull out as many books as she can carry at one time and bring them to cuddle with me on the couch and then she demands "READ"!!

  30. Harmony B says

    Watching movies and playing with dads tablet. Keeps them happy and resting

    njharmonyg at aol dot com

    LOVE your photo dry erase book

  31. says

    No children of my own, but I remember my mom spreading vapo-rub on my chest and then clipping a towel warmed in the dryer around my neck at night. I always loved that and the memory makes me smile.

  32. Shannon says

    When my kids are sick I love to snuggle up and read to them. They also like to listen to audio books, but they always prefer Mama's voice!

  33. Samantha Daleo says

    A new sketch pad, a new pack of colored pencils, a blanket and a new DVD puts a smile on my daughters face every time she is sick.

  34. Sarah L says

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

  35. Candice Hull says

    We make a bed on the floor with lots of blankets and pillows and watch movies or play games. Just spending the day together resting seems to help everyone feel better
    candicesweeps at yahoo dot com

  36. ANGEL JACKLYN says


  37. Katharina says

    My daughter enjoys reading, and also writing/illustrating stories.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  38. Suzie Williams says

    I love this idea! This is something I'll be doing for sure. Right now we do coloring and activity books when they kids aren't feeling well.

  39. sy says

    The dry erase book is so cute, my little cousin likes to make storybooks when she's feeling sick, we can make dry erase book too.
    songyueyu at gmail

  40. Shaz says

    When Mom acts like she is sick too and imitates their moans and whines…I was leery to do it at first for fear of making them feel bad, but they laughed so hard they wanted me to do it over and over again and then show Dad when he got home. It worked best when they had chicken pox. Marker spots all over Mom make for giggles galore.

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