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A Plan for Sick Days

I’m a Mo Willems ambassador this year and this post is part of the sponsored Disney-Hyperion’s #ReadMo program

With the change of seasons, inevitably there comes some sick days along with the temperature fluctuations.

Last year, a sick day didn’t change our daily routine that much because Ella was homeschooled and so she’d just do math in her pjs or lay on the couch while I read our history textbook aloud to her.

This year, though, if one of my girls stays home from school sick, it’s a big difference in our day.

new Elephant and Piggie book

My dad has mentioned many times how his mom always made sick days special. She’d bring a meal up on a tray that they could eat in bed, and then pop in every hour or so to check on them.

I clearly remember one day where I was stayed home sick and my mom rented two movies for me and bought several cans of soda (our family never drinks soda, so this was a major event in my life).

So I knew I wanted to be prepared for any sick days that came around so that they’d be fun family days instead of just a boring morning at home.

new Elephant and Piggie book

I picked up some hot chocolate mix and soda and stashed them in the pantry, and then added the new Elephant & Piggie book, We Are in an ART-ivity Book!, to my Sick Day arsenal.

new Elephant and Piggie book

new Elephant and Piggie book

We are superfans of Mo Willems around here, especially Elephant & Piggie, so we were all delighted by this new Elephant and Piggie book, which is jammed with tons of fun activities, games and art projects, plus a storyline that’s just as humor and clever as you’d expect.

I especially love that they require basically no preparation or special tools required. It’s the perfect thing to pull out on a sick day or a cold afternoon when you’re stuck inside.

One minor thing I love about this book too is that the pages are perforated so I can easily tear out pages so the girls can each do their own projects or masterpieces without jostling over the book.

new Elephant and Piggie book

new Elephant and Piggie book

new Elephant and Piggie book

Add in some hot chocolate and voila! Fun mom points.

We Are in an ART-ivity Book! is now available in stores, and our whole family gives it two big thumbs up.

Now my only concern is that sick days are going to be TOO fun.

new Elephant and Piggie book

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5 Comments

  • Reply Rebecca Lately October 16, 2017 at 7:56 am

    What a sweet idea! I’ll have to keep this in mind.

  • Reply Paige Flamm October 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I actually just saw this activity book in our monthly scholastic book order, but didn’t get it since the list was getting a little out of hand already… but next month 😉

  • Reply Kate @ Mom's Radius October 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    So fun! Do you think it would be too “young” for my 7 year old? I need to buy this for someone for Christmas. 🙂

  • Reply Laura October 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Ha, yeah that would be my concern too! Don’t you worry this will encourage your kids to fake being sick?

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw October 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Not really 🙂 They like school, plus they’d have to work pretty hard to trick me into thinking they were sick when they really weren’t.

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