Hospital care packages for kids

Hospital care packages for kids

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.

Hospital care packages for kids

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

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Cute tote bag

Get a fun tote bag or a box and select activities such as the ones following to fill it up!

Lego set

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!

Hospital care bag Legos

 

Stuffed animal

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!

 

New book to read

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

 

Window art

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.

 

Foam puppets or other foam put together activity

 

 

New markers

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.

 

Activity books to color

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!

 

 

Mad Libs or Mad Libs Junior

We love Mad Libs! With some energy, there can by a lot of laughing around a hospital bed depending on ages. A classic!

 

 

Puzzle books

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!

 

 

Fancy coloring book

 

 

 

Gel pens

If you get a fancy new detailed coloring book, what do you need? Why gel pens of course! I love these. 🙂

 

Journal

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.

 

Try The Super Easy Best Paper Plane Ever!

Best paper airplane ever feature

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!

Hospital instruments view

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?

Let me know in the comments what’s been successful for you!

Free Printable French Valentine Cards

Free Printable French Valentine Cards

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Hearts, flowers, red, and pink! Valentine time of year is just around the corner once again. The question is, will you be prepared? Are you like me and in search of a set of fun, different, and cheap (yes, I said it!) Valentines? Do you need something to pass around to kid school friends, family, your Zumba group, and make them smile? If that’s the case, you’re in luck because you can download your own FREE printable French Valentine cards below. French, because, why not? Does one need a reason to speak in French? Pas du tout! It’s different, fun, and the language of love!

Scroll down to download your own free printable French Valentine Cards.

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My favorite history of Valentine’s Day story

As far as I know, there are at least 3 different Valentines or Valentiniuses the holiday could be named after. My favorite legend of the holiday centers around a certain priest way back during the height of Roman power. At this point in history, Christians were being persecuted, thrown into prisons, beaten, tortured, and generally treated badly.

According to legend, Valentine helped many Christians escape the horrible prisons and was himself captured for his aid. As a result, our hero Valentine was thrown into one of these same prisons. Under the circumstances, a bit of luck, or the grace of God, favored our Valentine. In amongst the usual torture and abuse, the jailer’s daughter visited the good Valentine. Her visits brought Valentine a ray of light, and he soon fell in love with her.

Printable French Valentine cards book

Tragically, Valentine was sentenced to death, the pleas of the jailer’s daughter going unattended. Before his execution, our hero penned a love poem and letter to his love and signed it, “From Your Valentine”. This became the basis for Valentine’s Day letters and greetings throughout the Middle Ages and until this very day.

Printable French Valentine Cards, macarons

Printable French Valentine cards without candy

A little pet peeve I have about Valentine’s Day when it comes to kids’ Valentines, is that it’s EXPECTED to put candy with every single one! Kids are bribed with candy at school, at offices, at my own house, and just have way more sugar than is healthy. Therefore, I like to do something fun for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween that does not contain sugar.

Individual Valentine card

First, get some simple cellophane bags from Target or another store (or order them on Amazon here). Then, print out your printable French Valentine cards on card stock. Place one card in each bag along with a small gift for Valentine’s Day. Last but not least, tie the top of the bag with a cute red ribbon, and you’re done!

 

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Small charms or gifts to go in your Valentine bag:

Do you need some gift bags, Eiffel Tower charms, or maybe Eiffel Tower magnets?

Or who wouldn’t like to receive a squeezable heart stress ball, vintage style Paris bookmark, or heart erasers?

Challenge yourself to think outside the candy box and have fun with it! Do your kids’ friends like a certain game, toy, or love France? What would be fun for your family members and friends?

What do you get with your printable French Valentine cards?

Just in case you are not a native French speaker, I’ve included a vocabulary list with English translation. These are great for kids in French classes or anyone who has a love for all things French. Take a look below, and imagine yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower. Ah, Paris…

Printable French Valentine cards preview vocabulary

Printable French Valentine cards

In today’s culture, walk into a grocery store or really almost anywhere after Christmas. What will you see? You’ll be bombarded with red hearts, Hallmark cards, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and more to buy the perfect gift for your special someone…and all your closest acquaintances. If you love it or not, why not make it fun for kids and friends alike? Give them a Valentine and a little lesson in that flowing language of love…French! C’est magnifique!

Do you have any other fun traditions for Valentine’s Day you do with your kids? Share them in the comments below!

Printable French Valentine Cards, Eiffel Tower

Do you need a simple Valentine craft?

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