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Surviving Troubled Times: Fun and Soothing Ways to Comfort Your Hospitalized Child

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Being the hospital can be scary for children and exhausting for worried parents, so if your child is having a stay in hospital it’s important that you think of ways to keep her spirits up and have plenty of low-key activities available to help pass the time quickly. Here are some ideas to help you.

Essentials to Take to The Hospital

There are staple items that you can take tot eh hospital to make your young child feel less tense and as comfortable as possible. These include:

  • Her favorite soft toy
  • Her favorite blanket
  • Comfortable pajamas
  • Clean socks and underwear
  • Comfortable clothes for leaving the hospital
  • iPad or tablet
  • Earbuds
  • Notebook and pen

Having an iPad or tablet will be a great advantage because there are loads of awesome apps out there to provide your child with hours of fun and entertainment. Here’s a rundown on some of the best.

Coloring Book for Me & Mandala

This Android mandala coloring app is a superb coloring book with a host of detailed pictures, including people, places, animals, birds, flowers, and mandalas all organized into categories so they’re easy to pick. To color you simple pick from 25+ palettes organized by shade and touch the area of the screen you wish to color. It’s even easier than using pens and paper, but just as much fun. When the picture is finished you can add textures or vignettes and share them with your family and friends through social media.

100 Famous Stories

This app will help the time pass for your child while you take a well-earned nap. It will read from a great selection of interactive stories like The Water Fairy, Stone Soup, The Lion And The Mouse, The Hare And The Tortoise and The Boasting Traveler. Young readers can listen to the text or read it in sections. It’s a great way to keep her occupied.

An Adventure of Our Own
Designed for use by two kids and an adult, this adventure game features the story of an historic mission. Kids get to pick different features of the adventure such as where they will go, what they will wear and what supplies they will need. It encourages two-way communication and has loads of great interactive illustrations. It’s a fun game and very child-friendly.

Faces I Make – Right Brain Creativity

This colorful app allows kids to make faces using every day collage materials like fruit and vegetables, pasta and grains. Once the work of art is complete, kids can post them in a specially created gallery called FaceWorld and share them with friends and family via social media. The app also features video lessons taught by artist and children’s book illustrator Hanoch Piven. It’s great kid-friendly fun and is sure to relieve the hospital blues.

These are just a few of the great apps available for young kids. They will keep them occupied during their hospital stay and before you know it you’ll all be heading home.

Jayden North is a Dad who writes about parenting 2 daughters, 1 a teenager who is 14 going on 18! His articles appear on a selection of parenting Mommy and Daddy blogs.

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