This has been a bad year for the flu. In fact, it seems to be in line to set records this year, and evidently, hospitals and doctors’ offices are full of masked, tired-looking kids and adults. You may have noticed I’ve been a little behind in my newsletter and some of my online activities. Well, that’s what happens when you have a sick child at home for a couple weeks and then end up in the hospital for 5 days. Then you think about hospital care packages for kids.
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To look on the bright side, we did NOT have the flu. The child has many things happening we are so VERY thankful to have brilliant doctors on hand to help get under control. Actually, they said a couple times she was “not a textbook case”, and after the worst was over we took pleasure in stumping them. As I stayed in the hospital with her during this time, I was asked several times by friends and family, “What can we bring when we visit?”
Obviously, what to get a kid in the hospital or hospital care packages for kids will vary from kid to kid depending on their circumstances. We were not allowed to leave the room so things to create, read, or write were the best to occupy time and to lift the mood! It’s HARD to be in the hospital and can be very depressing. Kids LOVE gifts, and even the littlest thing can bring happiness and remind the patient of the visitor from earlier who loves them very much.
What to get a kid in the hospital? Hospital care packages for kids!
These are just some ideas, and you’ll want to pick, choose, and tweak it for the child you know and love, but it’s a good place to get started!
What to put in a care package
Get a fun tote bag or a box and select activities such as the ones following to fill it up!
This LEGO Elves The Water Dragon Adventure set was a huge hit with my 9-year-old. It’s so fun to see the new and different styles of Legos! This was a surprise gift and was a fun thing to put together in between naps at the hospital. I highly recommend putting some sort of Lego set in your hospital care packages for kids!
A stuffed animal is so comforting to cuddle with and hug tightly when taking blood, putting an IV in, or really for any time in a hospital bed!
Do you remember when the grandfather visits his sick grandson in The Princess Bride? What does he do? He sits down and proceeds to read an entire book to the sick kid. I remember how much I used to love being read to at school and at home. Turn off the TV and while you visit and read a chapter or two of a new book out loud to the sick child. Listening to someone read is incredibly relaxing and something you can do easily for the kid
Some sort of window art like this, or peel off clear decals that look like stained glass, is great fun! All you do is color or paint it and stick in a window to see how the light goes through it.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about opening a new set of markers. They’re perfect, but only for a little while as you color and then before brother gets into them. Slowly they become old, worn out and sometimes dried. New ones draw crisp lines perfect for inside a new coloring book or other activity.
These are fun to stick in a tote bag, and while they may not be the first thing pulled out, an activity book can be hours of distraction. That’s what we like!
We love Mad Libs! With some energy, there can by a lot of laughing around a hospital bed depending on ages. A classic!
Mazes, crosswords, and riddles are always fun. A cheesy joke book can lift the mood also!
Some sort of sewing or needlepoint
It’s never too early or too late to learn to sew!
If you get a fancy new detailed coloring book, what do you need? Why gel pens of course! I love these. 🙂
A blank journal or one with prompts such as this is a good way to get kids thinking and to express their feelings on paper. The more you practice writing, the easier it gets! I always advise journaling for anyone, not just kids.
Would you like some paper airplanes to soar around your hospital room? Check this out!
Head up to the hospital for a visit!
While it’s fantastic for a child to receive hospital care packages for kids, your visit is more important and what they’ll remember! If visitors are allowed, it’s a huge break in the monotony, brings joy, and makes the child feel special. There are only so many times you can watch the hospital movies and Mom dancing around the room to Zootopia music!
I’m certainly thankful we’re no longer in need of a hospital care package for kids. However, I know there are so many kids who have extended stays or chronic illnesses bringing them back to the hospital time and time again. So what are you waiting for? Grab a stuffed animal or a tote full of activities and get out there! Enjoy your visit and make them smile!
Tell me – have you made hospital care packages for kids? Were they as a donation to a hospital or for one specific person?