Surviving Sick Days – DIY Dry Erase Book

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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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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. When he's under the weather my son and i snuggle and watch some of his favorite cartoons and read

  2. watching cartoon-especially ones that he watched when he was younger. I guess it's comforting.

  3. LaDonna Gay Reply

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

  4. Laura Jacobson Reply

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

  5. Kelly Massman Reply

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Mary Beth Elderton Reply

    This is such a cute idea! We like to just snuggle in and watch movies

  9. Julie Greenwood Reply

    What a fabulous idea! When we're sick (or just tired), we watch silly cat videos on YouTube.

  10. Jacob LaFountaine Reply

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

  11. My daughter likes to curl up with the Kindle and read a funny book.

  12. Wild Orchid Reply

    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!

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  13. When my kids were small they enjoyed looking at the Where's Waldo books when they were sick.

  14. Stephanie Larison Reply

    My daughter loves to paint and do puzzles when she's not feeling well.

  15. Barbara Montag Reply

    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

  16. Getting comfy and snuggling on the couch while watching their favorite tv shows 🙂

  17. 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!

  18. My little one loves when I crawl into bed with them and read them a story so they can fall asleep. I have to admit I love it too.

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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

  20. Marseira Noiloel Reply

    Watching television makes my children smile when they are under the weather.

  21. Shayne Carson Reply

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

  22. 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.

  23. They like Fraggle rock – so we watch it episode after episode.

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  25. 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.

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  26. Marcia Goss Reply

    My granddaughter likes to snuggle on the couch with her blankets and pillow and watch a movie.

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

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

  29. Brooke Sibley Reply

    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. Baking cookies! But that puts a smile on their faces even when they're not sick! 🙂

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