puzzles - One of my mom's friends, Jo, brought a small bag of goodies for Hope to play with. Her absolute FAVORITE thing in the whole bag was this box of four small puzzles. She put them together about 367 times!
iPad - While I didn't want her on her iPad the whole time, it was a nice distraction for her every now and then. She enjoyed showing her cousin, Kylie, her favorite app - the Jib Jab Christmas Elves! She gets a serious case of the giggles when she can take your picture and make you dance around!
roam the hallways (finding an aquarium is a bonus!) - When my mom needed to rest, we took to the hallways! Hope loved skipping down the hallways! We were lucky in that this hospital was specific to spine and joint procedures. It was small so Hope roaming the hallways wasn't disruptive to any patients or staff.
naps! - Hope isn't a napper anymore but I was pleasantly surprised when she curled up on the couch and took a nice little nap one afternoon!
take a walk - I mentioned roaming the hallways, but getting outside was one of our favorite things to do! We normally would just walk around the hospital but one day we walked a couple of blocks to the grocery store.
raid the patient nutrition fridge (with the nurses approval, of course!) - Hope quickly won over the nurses so they would let her choose anything she wanted from the patient nutrition fridge. It's hard to compete with chocolate pudding and Peppa Pig! :)
acts of kindness - My very favorite way to entertain Hope was doing little things for others. Remember our walk to the grocery store? While there we picked up a bouquet of flowers and a couple of boxes of band-aids. We divided up the flowers and she was able to share them with six nurses at the hospital. I worked with her to tell them, "thank you for taking care of my Dede." This wasn't easy for Hope. She isn't shy (at all!) but would hide behind my legs when it was time to give out the flowers. It took a few minutes but she finally got up the courage!
Cards for Hospitalized Kids. She designed the cards that we used -
you can find them here.
printables found here
But, don't get discouraged if your little one gets tired of waiting...it happens to the best of us! :)