Maybe you're feeling under the weather. Maybe you've sprained your ankle or put your back out. Maybe you're just really tired! Whatever the reason, sometimes you need to keep your kids entertained while you're lying down.
Here are 30 fantastic ideas from Tony Toys parents to keep your kids entertained with little or no effort.
1. "My son likes to write his Grandma a 'letter'. I open up a blank document on our laptop, set the font to a large size, and he types letters and numbers."
2. "This one is a winner. It's called 'What's on my bum?' You lie face-down on the sofa and try to guess what object your little one has perched on your bum. 'Is that a cement mixer on my bum?' Just hearing you say the word 'bum' is the best thing that'll happen to your child all day."
3. "My newly crawling baby loves playing fetch, which is lots of work for her, and not much for me!"
4. "We have a baby dance party. I turn on some kids' music videos, sit on the sofa, and ask them to dance for me. Sometimes they even put on a show, wearing crazy costumes and prancing around with paper flags or colourful socks."
5. "My daughter and I set up a tent, which I lie down in. She pulls out a pile of books and we pretend we're camping."
6. "If you don't mind thinking while you're lying there, try this storytelling game. I pretend I'm a very old man who can't move with an important story to tell. But I can only remember the story by looking at various objects that my children bring back to me. So I send them all over the house for things like scarves, stuffed animals, and various other items. If you can spin a story, you'd be surprised how long you can keep them running around."
7. "I love getting my two-year-old son to read me a story. He'll perch next to me on the sofa with one of his favourite books, and try to re-tell the story. Sometimes it's the real story, and sometimes he just makes things up. It's hysterical."
8. "I have special colouring books tucked away that I only bring out when I'm unwell. I also allow my children extra time on the computer and I let them watch a film."
9. "My daughter loves to get dressed up in her ballet tutu and put on a show in the living room. I have to be the narrator. I say things like, 'Wow, look at that pointed toe! What a jump! Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing a truly amazing show!' The best part is I can do this while lying on the sofa."
10. "My son loves playing doctors. I'm the patient and lie on the sofa or bed. Then he pretends to be the doctor, taking my pulse, bringing me 'medicine', and giving injections with his doctor kit."
11. "If I'm under the weather, we have a pyjama day. My little ones stay in their pyjamas, make tents with pillows and folding tables, and take bowls of snacks into the tent."
12. "We sit on the sofa or in my bed, draw, then play 'What did I draw?'"
13. "My daughter plays 'Special Delivery'. She picks a random toy or object in the house and wraps it up in newspaper. Then she knocks on the door and calls, 'Special delivery!' I invite her to come in, accept and open the package, and ooh and aah over it. Then she does it all over again with something else. She can keep this up for more than an hour, and I don't have to move!"
14. "My favourite sitting-down game is 'Fetch, puppy!' You sit in a deckchair or on a bench and throw a ball. Your little one runs after it and brings the ball back to you."
15. "I lie on the sofa and say 'peekaboo!'. My daughter then runs to the end of the sofa, and hides so I can't see her. Then she pops up and does her best to say, 'I see you!'"
16. "I set up a fort with the sofa cushions and gate off the area so my son can't wander off. Then I assemble some toys and snacks for him and get everything I need around me, like tissues and the remote, so I won't have to get up. I play some toddler shows on the TV, which he loves. When he gets bored with that, he plays with his toys or has a snack."
17. "If you're feeling unwell, get your child to pretend, you're a queen who never gets off her throne, and that you must be waited on hand and foot. Just remember that when you feel better, it'll be payback time!"
18. "Play dough guarantees me at least an hour of quiet. Even though it's messy, letting my boys play with it gives me time for a rest, which then gives me the energy to clean it all up."
19. "I've taught my girls the quiet game. The first one to talk above a whisper loses, and whoever wins gets a prize! I get at least 30 minutes of somewhat quiet so I can rest."
20. "I put my kids in bed with me. We play with toys in bed, or on the floor and nap together."
21. "I fill each circle of a muffin tray with a different snack, such as fruit, cereal, cut-up meat, diced cheese, and little crackers. Then I leave it on a low shelf in the fridge where they can get to it themselves."
22. "I lie on the ground under my daughter's crawling tunnel, and she pops out at me time and time again. She thinks it's the funniest thing in the world, as long as I say 'peekaboo!' each time. I have to keep my eyes open, but I get to lie down!"
23. "A great game to play is 'beauty salon'. My daughter loves to brush my hair, put lotion on my legs, and so on. It keeps her busy for hours!"
24. "When I can't be up and about with my kids, I start a game of 'Red Light, Green Light' up and down the hallway."
25. "I'm a fan of playing 'Spa sisters', where I coordinate my girls in an effort to give me a back and foot rub. They're surprisingly good, and oddly motivated by scented lotion. 'Ooh! Would you like lavender or grapefruit, mummy?'"
26. "The game I like is 'I'm the baby'. I lie in bed and my kids pretend that I’m a baby they're putting to bed. My girls will stroke my hair, read me stories, and sing me lullabies. I drag that one out as long as I possibly can."
27. "I let my kids do something that's normally off-limits, like drawing on the driveway with chalk. The novelty of the activity keeps them occupied much longer than usual."
28. "My five-year-old daughter loves shelling monkey nuts. It keeps her busy for long enough that I can actually enjoy the match I'm trying to watch."
29. "I lie on the floor and ask my five-year-old to write on my back with her fingers. I love it! Even better is when I ask her to rub out each letter afterwards. It’s an instant back massage!"
30. "Sometimes you just can't pretend. If my partner and I are both really unwell, we send our daughter to his mum's house."