Taking a day off from school because of illness doesn't necessarily mean a day of fun and games at home; most likely, your child needs the day to rest and recuperate with as little action as possible. A marathon of favorite movies and TV shows is the obvious sick day activity of choice, but if your child is up for it, there are other, more hands-on ways to keep them from being bored while they get better.
For the younger bunch, pulling out a stockpile of sick day books is a great way for them to pass the time and feel a little less isolated. These titles - The Sick Day by Patricia Maclachlan, A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phlip Christian Stead, Jordan's Silly Sick Day by Justine Fontes, and The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days by Jan Berenstain - are fun reads to help put a smile on their face.
A lap desk makes drawing, coloring, writing, or even catching up on homework easy to do while in bed or on a comfy couch. This DIY lap desk from Balancing Everything is an easy project for Mom to tackle.
Crafts are always the best quiet, at-home activities for kids to do, but when your child is sick, it's important to keep any craft projects simple and frustration-free. Making collages from old magazines, like this one from Marie LeBaron for Make and Takes, is a fun way for your child to make something for a friend, family member, or even his or her own bedroom wall - and it's a great way for you to recycle that pile of magazines you keep meaning to toss!