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Child with leg in plaster - suggestions needed to keep amused

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Birkridge Tue 10-Jun-14 12:55:50

My 12 year old son has broken his ankle for the second time in 2 years and in between has spent a lot of time on crutches due to ongoing ligament problems. He now faces another 6 weeks in plaster and on crutches and it has really hit him hard mentally. He is a very active child and it obviously hasn't helped as every couple of months he is back on crutches. My hubby and I are trying to think of different things to do with him but are running out of ideas as most things need 2 legs! We are trying to keep his spirits up but would really appreciate any ideas that anybody may have. Thanks

ephpa95 Wed 11-Jun-14 10:19:03

Ok now is the time to get linked up to learn computer programming and touch typing.
He can do sitting exercises with light weights (mr muscle man!).
Drive-in movies.
Get friends and family over so he's not lonely!
Get him airplane models to glue together and they can eventually be hung across his room.
Aquila Magazine is fun to subscribe to (you can probably buy back copies from their website or borrow them from your school's library) as they have lots of great ideas.
Get him drawing, honestly, it is such a great skill and you can spend the day outside, take along a sketch book.
Anything using your eyes and hands is hugely satisfying.
Clay and pottery workshops. (lots of famous British male potters out there!)
Language course - anything that gets him together with other people and keeps him occupied.

Birkridge Wed 11-Jun-14 11:22:18

Thank you so much for those ideas, we've thought of some of them but not all. It's just so difficult trying to keep him entertained but will give your ideas a go.

toolatetobed Wed 11-Jun-14 21:33:37

Get him doing some cooking? (Things that can be prepared sitting at a table)

Takver Thu 12-Jun-14 21:21:07

Firstly, my massive sympathy to you - dd broke her arm 3 times in 2 years, and I am just hoping and praying that it is properly healed now (touch wood etc).

I don't know how mobile your ds is, but we tried to do as many interesting days out as possible (museums etc, anything mentally stimulating). The stables where dd normally rides were fantastic about letting her come along and be a helper, even though she couldn't really be that helpful! At any rate she could groom the horses, fetch & carry a bit, that sort of thing which at least got her out of the house. Maybe any clubs your ds normally attends might have useful jobs he could do? Refereeing, that sort of thing?

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