Are you looking for some fun and creative ways to keep your child entertained while they recover from a broken arm? Well, you’ve come to the right place! A broken arm can be a bummer for kids, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of things they can do to have fun and stay active. In this post, I’ll share a bunch of ideas for activities that are perfect for kids with a broken arm. From art projects to indoor games.
Activities for kids with a broken arm
With a little creativity and some adjustments, there are still plenty of things that kids can do to stay active and entertained while they heal. Here’s a list of fun things for a kid with a broken arm:
1. Have some ice cream
Treat your child to some yummy ice cream. It can be a great way to lift their spirits and make the healing process a little sweeter. Not only will it provide a tasty treat, but it can also be a fun bonding experience for the whole family. Fun and delicious way for kids to pass the time while recovering from a broken arm!
2. Play the classic game of Connect 4
A classic game that is easy to play with just one hand. You’ve probably played it already at some point in your life, but if you haven’t: the game involves dropping colored disks into a vertical grid and trying to get four of your disks in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. It’s simple enough for kids of all ages to understand and play.
3. Build a puzzle
Building a puzzle is a great activity for kids recovering from a broken arm. You need only on arm to build a puzzle, anyway! Jokes aside, working on a puzzle is a great way to keep your kid’s mind active and engaged. So grab a puzzle and have fun building memories together.
4. Bake with you
Baking is another awesome activity for kids recovering from a broken arm. Baking is a fun and delicious way to spend time together, and even with a broken arm, children can still be involved. They can measure ingredients, mix them together and decorate the finished product.
They’ll be able to tell their friends and relatives they’ve made cookies with one arm! And the best part, if they make a mess, they can blame it on their broken arm, right?
So grab your aprons, preheat the oven and start baking some delicious treats together.
5. Play Scrabble
Play Scrabble. Scrabble is a classic word game that can be played with just one hand, and is a great way to keep your child’s mind active and engaged. You can play together, and even help each other come up with new words. Plus, it’s a great way to improve your vocabulary and spelling skills.
6. Solve sudoku
Sudoku is a great activity for kids recovering from a broken arm as it provides a fun and engaging way to pass the time while also helping to improve their problem-solving skills. It is a numbers-based puzzle game that can be played with just one hand.
There are different type of sudoku books you can buy either online or from the shop. Make sure you choose age-appropriate one so that you child is able to do it. Some of these books come with other fun activities or even jokes. For ideas on sudoku books click here.
7. Play tic-tac-toe
Game that never gets old and can be played anywhere, from a notebook to a whiteboard or even a sandbox. So grab a pen or a marker and have some fun playing tic-tac-toe together!
8. Scratch art
I remember the day my kids discovered scratch art. They were amazed. And while buying simple black scratch paper might not keep kids busy for a long time, buying a scratch art activity book will for sure.
9. Go to library and choose a ton of good books
If your child likes reading, visiting the library is a free activity for the whole family. Having a broken arm may limit some activities for kids, but it doesn’t have to limit their imagination. With a good book, they can travel to different places, meet new characters, and learn new things.
Encourage your child to choose a variety of books, from fiction to non-fiction, picture books to chapter books, it’ll help them keep their mind busy.
10. Play Jenga
Jenga’s rules state that you’re not allowed to pull blocks with two hands, so definitely one of the best activities for kids with a broken arm. Jenga is a really fun game that is suitable for kids of all ages and even adults will enjoy. (I know, I really do)
The game consists of a tower of wooden blocks, each player takes turns removing a block from the tower and placing it on top without making the tower fall. It’s a lot of fun watching the tower stand with as little blocks as possible. If a player causes the tower to fall, they lose the game.
11. Salt painting
Now, it might be bit tricky if it’s your child’s dominant hand that’s in the cast, however still possible and can be a fun experiment.
Salt painting is a fun activity that does not require numerous supplies you don’t have at home. It’s easy to set up and the results are beyond beautiful. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
12. Play marble maze
If you’re looking for really hands-on (or should I say hand-on) activities for kids with a broken arm then consider getting a marble maze set. I know for sure my kids have been kept busy for hours playing marble maze and I have enjoyed building it and watching the marbles roll from top to the bottom too.