Just Sit Still: 20+ activities for helping a child to sit still during recovery – Blogging Through The Alphabet

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“Just sit still and do something.” – I have said that so many times in the past few days. One of the girls had a minor surgery this week and needs to take it easy for about 3 weeks. She doesn’t want to. In fact, she doesn’t even know how to slow down, let alone do nothing active for 3 weeks! In a single day, she has gone through everything special we have for her to do – books, movies, math games, board games, clay projects, rubber band projects, more books, more clay, creating doll clothing, computer games. And she is bored. So what now?

Take to social media, of course. Ask your friends what to do and get some really good responses! So, I thought I would share their ideas here since I know that we all have times when we need the kiddos to sit still for a while. Sometimes, they have to be still for a longer time.

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Some of these ideas are fantastic and we will probably implement. Some don’t apply since she already does them and/or she can’t stand or sit comfortably for any period of time. Restlessness is the name of the game for us right now and we are trying to beat it.

  • Learn cursive
  • Learn to type
  • Sewing
  • Needlework – cross stitch, crochet, knitting, embroidery
  • Puzzles – 1,000 pieces were suggested, wonder if that would keep her busy long?
  • Make paper dolls
  • Origami
  • Writing – a story, letters to nursing homes or deployed soldiers, an autobiography
  • Bakingj just sit still doll outfit
  • Lego challenges
  • Menu planning
  • Card games
  • Dice games
  • Learn/work on a foreign language
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Latch hook
  • Logic puzzles
  • Solar system model
  • Read books
  • Learn jokes
  • Do mazes
  • Design doll clothing and accessories
  • Write poetry
  • Color
  • Clay projects
  • Do anything with craft materials – make a raft with popsicle sticks, create thank you cards with glitter glue, do an art project with markers or paints

These are most of the ideas of things the giggly girl has done or someone suggested. We have been grateful for all the prayers and the cards and activity gifts send her way. It had made such a wonderful difference for her. There really is nothing quite like those who stop by and let their kiddos chat after Wednesday church, bring a bag of clay and glitter glue and stickers, drop off rubber band activities, or mail a fun little clutch bag to color. Add to that the wonderful cards received from friends and church family alike and we feel so amazingly blessed.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed, whether it be one of the specific things I named above or for ideas for helping keep her mind occupied while her body heals. You all are blessings.

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9 thoughts on “Just Sit Still: 20+ activities for helping a child to sit still during recovery – Blogging Through The Alphabet

  1. Annette Tinholt Vellenga March 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm Reply

    you put together a great list Lori, I am helping off and on in a doll accessories class and some of the things they make are amazing (like a bean bag chair for the doll to sit on) and layering paper and felt to make a layered cake. Perhaps things like that might help keep her busy and focused too?

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply

      She loves doing those kinds of things. Yes, those might help as well.

  2. Zekesmom10 March 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply

    That is a great list. Some really fun things. I think there is something for every one of my yahoos.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm Reply

      One great thing about getting ideas from lots of people is that it does allow for quite a variety of activities. Glad there are some things there that may be of use to your family.

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  4. Amanda Hopkins March 29, 2017 at 12:26 am Reply

    What a GREAT list! I could not imagine making my active kids sit still, but this list actually gives some great ideas to keep the kids actively learning yet sitting still!

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