11 Classic Games to Banish The Sick Day Blues

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Even if it feels like you’ve spent the entire winter dousing little hands with sanitizer and fueling up on Vitamin C, there’ll be those days when the only defense against pesky sniffles and a stubborn cough is a full dose of rest and relaxation. Break up the boredom by adding in a little (old fashioned) gaming—an easy-peasy, not-much-thinking-required game that will make your little ones smile, even when they’re not quite 100%. Scroll down to see our picks for beating the sick day blues.


1. Candy Land
All the sweetness without the sugar crash! Candy Land is celebrating it’s 65th year—it’ll be pure nostalgia when your primary-colored gingerbread man sets out on his adventure through the Gumdrop Mountains and Peppermint Stick Forest. It’s a perfect first game, as it teaches little ones colors, counting and the fun of chasing ice cream floats. For ages 4 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $15.62.


2. Chutes and Ladders
Some things are so simple! Break the rules and slide down the chute, do a good deed and climb up the ladder. This classic is full of ups and downs which keeps things exciting, and any game dishing out rewards to the littles for good behavior gets a giant thumbs up in our book. Best for ages 3 to 7.

Available at Amazon.com $12.99.


3. Guess Who
Guess Who is the perfect game for kiddos who like to ask lots of questions(and we haven’t met one that doesn’t!) Using boards with 48 frames and cards displaying character faces, players ask one another yes or no questions to narrow the pool of possibilities until the “mystery person” is revealed. For ages 6 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $22.09.


4. Jenga
Want to keep your kiddo’s mind off their runny nose? Break out this old-school game of block stacking and crashing. As the tower grows so does the focus and anticipation. May the sturdiest (little) hand win. For ages 6 years and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $12.99.


5. Uno
This family favorite color-coded game of cards may be one of the most popular games around. It’s easy to learn and a blast to play. And whether your tiny tike playing for the first time, or a great- grandparent playing for the 100th time, the chance to scream UNO never gets old. For ages 5 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $6.74.


6. Sorry
One of the first words kids learn (we hope!) to say is “sorry”, and they’ll get to practice their skills in this easy-to-learn and quick-to-master game. The goal is to slide, jump and collide your way around the board from start to finish, but get caught by an opponent and you’ll be sorry! For ages 6 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $10.49.


7. Mancala
Up the coolness factor of this simple calculation bead game by telling your kiddo they’re playing an ancient game that first popped up in Egypt and Africa. The object is basic–accumulate the most beads through a series of moves and captures. For ages 8 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $19.99.


8. Connect Four
No one wants to take on a huge challenge when they’re feeling under the weather, which is why Connect Four is the perfect game for a sick day. It’s tic tac toe with a twist—connect four rather than three to win, pull the tab at the bottom and play again!

Available at Amazon.com, $11.99.

Chinese Checkers

9. Chinese Checkers
We’ve always loved this international version of checkers. There are a few different ways to play Chinese Checkers but the most popular is the hopping version. The aim is to get all 10 pegs (not checkers) into the triangle across the way. It’s a classic boredom buster! For ages 6 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $24.99.

hihocherry_easygames_sickkids_national_redtricycle10. Hi-Ho Cherry-O
Even if they can’t be in math class, your patient can get a dose of fun and learning all rolled into one with a round (or two!) of this fruit-pickin’ classic. Spin the arrow, fill the “basket,” first one to clear the tree wins! For ages 4 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $9.99.

This basic guessing game lets each player become a commander of the high seas. The idea is to search for enemy’s ships and eliminate them one-by-one. Your kiddo will love the game’s realistic naval crafts and the action packed game play. It’s the perfect way to battle the sick day blues. For ages 7 and up.

Available at Amazon.com, $11.99.


What’s your favorite game for sick days? Share with us in the Comments!

–Aimee Della Bitta