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

    njharmonyg at aol dot com

    LOVE your photo dry erase book

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Samantha Daleo Reply

    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.

  5. Snuggles and sherbet ice cream always does the trick.

    seanm 1999 at hotmail dot com

  6. My daughter likes to watch the Wizard of Oz when she is sick. She doesn't get sick that often, but when she does she doesn't do anything but lay around.

  7. kathy pease Reply

    my son loves to watch willie wonka and the chocolate factory and he is 16 lol

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

  9. Candice Hull Reply

    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

  10. Brenda Elsner Reply

    My kids just like to snuggle up on the couch and watch movies when they are sick.



  12. Kari Flores Reply

    A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

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

  14. For my son, he just wants to cuddle with me on the couch while watching his favorite cartoon!

  15. what a fun idea! we go (went- they r older now) or cuddling n the couch and a good book

  16. Susan Smith Reply

    My daughter likes to read and watch her favorite movies in our bed when she isn't feeling well.

  17. Suzie Williams Reply

    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.

  18. This looks like a good one! For mine, watching pokemon DVDs and drawing.

  19. 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

  20. they always want me to make my famous homemade potato shop and cornbread

  21. I would make a "nest" on the sofa and watch our favorite movies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Amanda Sakovitz Reply

    watching movies and peanut butter and marshmallows sandwiches.

    pokergrl8 at

  23. my kids love to watch videos when they are under the weather! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  24. 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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