Activities to entertain a toddler with a broken leg

Never a dull moment!

So December and Christmas time has been a bit tough for our little family. On December 8 our little girl had a bad fall and broke her leg! She was helping mommy wash the floors… she loves to help out, bless her little sweet heart! And as unlucky as she was, she slipped and fell on the hard tile floors.

Being the “Bad mommy” that I am, I made her take a little nap to see if it got any better – but after 3 hours she still didn’t want to step on it – so we headed to the E.R. And the X-rays confirmed my suspicion, a 3,5 cm fracture on her mid-tibia. A Christmas-green cast on and 3 weeks off her feet! Yeah… How do you keep a toddler off her feet?!

Activities for your toddler with a broken leg. How do you keep them occupied when they can't walk around? Here are some great ideas to activate them without movement. Visit my blog: www.naturemama.net for more tips and tricks for your busy family!
Our Lego carousel

 

At first it wasn’t too hard, because it hurt a lot and she didn’t want to put pressure on the leg; so we watched Disney movies, snuggled on the couch and drew lots and lots of artwork! But as the first week went by, she got more brave and wanted to get up and walk around.

Now it got harder to keep her still and I had to be more inventive with my activities. And it’s all to your benefit!!

20 great activities for a toddler with a broken leg:

  1. Make your own blanket fort.
  2. Read lots of books together.
  3. Visit the Zoo (we pull her in a little cart or her stroller).
  4. Bake bread or let them help you make lunch or dinner.
  5. Visit the park and go on the swings.
  6. Create colorful drawings together (and to give as presents for family members). Or buy one of these Magnetic drawing boards!
  7. Decorate frames for the drawings.
  8. Visit family.
  9. Have a sing-a-long.
  10. Go on a bike-ride.
  11. Play doctor with her dolls and mend their arm/legs with bandages.
  12. Create your own Lego carousel
  13. Play musical instruments – or make your own!
  14. Color rocks with permanent markers and make small animal-figures.
  15. Practice rolling a ball to each other or bouncing (not throwing! Teaches your child precision in their motor functions).
  16. Make necklaces and bracelets from beads and pipe-cleaners.
  17. Have a movie-day, with popcorn and let your toddler chose what you’re watching (we watched Frozen 29 times in a span of 3 weeks!)
  18. Do some Toddler Yoga (it’s good for mommy too!)
  19. Give your dogs a make-over; brush them, paint their “nails” and put bows in their fur.
  20. Have Tickle-time or give your toddler a nice children’s massage.

Not all bad

It has not been the best couple of weeks in our family and the timing couldn’t be worse – right in the smack of Christmas time! (Did anyone notice the blog has been completely still?!)

However I will say our angel has handled it with such grace and patience!

Activities for your toddler with a broken leg. How do you keep them occupied when they can't walk around? Here are some great ideas to activate them without movement. Visit my blog: www.naturemama.net for more tips and tricks for your busy family!
Serving her auntie and uncle a nice “Cuppa Tea”

 

Thankfully I had already taken some time off work, between Christmas and New Year’s eve or my colleague’s would not have been happy!  Luckily children’s fractures mend easily and although she’s very careful when she walks now, I have no doubt, she will be right as rain and back to her running in no time!

If you have any other ideas you’d like to add to the list, I’d love to hear from you.  Has your little one ever had a cast on? What was the worst part?

Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!



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