Games children can play while in the hospital include peek-a-boo, board games, puzzles, hand-held video games and checkers. Some children also play computer games, chess and puzzle books in the hospital. The types of games children play depend on children's ages and abilities.
Infants usually prefer to play with rattles and familiar toys in a hospital. Use mirrors and brightly-colored objects to keep infants occupied. Singing lullabies and playing peek-a-boo keeps parents and infants engaged.
Throw or roll a ball back and forth for toddlers and older infants. Toddlers may also like to spend time drawing while they are in a hospital.
Prevent boredom in a hospital by bringing a child's favorite toys and games from home. To keep more than one person occupied at once, bring along multi-player board games, such as checkers, chess or backgammon. Bring a deck of playing cards to play a variety of games.
Ask the hospital staff if they have a play area for children on the campus. Let children play games with others in the play area, or request a few toys to take back to the child's hospital room.
Children play games to understand the world around them, and to socialize with others. Playing familiar games in a hospital makes children feel more at ease with their surroundings. Children who are going through medical treatments usually feel less worried about their illnesses when they play.