Hospital Fun Boredom Busters
Online Toddler Games
If your toddler enjoys playing online games, there are plenty of them on the websites for Sesame Street and also Fisher Price. Bring along your spare laptop and help the child get set up. This is especially helpful when children play familiar games with recognizable characters that offer a little bit of comfort from home.
Plastic Easter Egg Games
Find the plastic Easter eggs you have put away since the holiday, and use them to play silly games. You can play sorting, counting, color recognition, and also direction-following games. Best of all, these are games your toddler can play from a crib or hospital bed, even while attached to monitors and other machines.
Coloring Books and Crayons
Coloring is an old standby, but if you opt for coloring books that also offer simple connecting-the-dots activities, they might hold your child’s attention for a while. Make sure you bring along plenty of crayons. Markers color the skin and this might make it hard for doctors and nurses to keep an eye on a condition. You can also try a variety of different coloring/activity books.
If your child is not confined to a bed or attached to monitors, ask if your child may take a bath. If so, bring along bath toys for fun game-play with suds, bath books, and plastic toys. These toys are also easy to keep clean, especially if your child has a communicable disease.
Doctor Play Set
If you have an older toddler who might be afraid of the unknown but is not quite able to voice these fears, a doctor play set might be just the right toy. Help the child in the course of playtime understand what the various items are used for, that most of them do not hurt, and that the ultimate goal is to have the child feel well again.