Instead of screens today, why not play doctors?
Children are often fascinated by what we grown ups get up to and role-playing ‘careers’ is high on many kids’ lists of fun things to do. Last time we played at being detectives, and being a doctor is just as much fun. You can enhance your children’s enjoyment of their game with this easy to put together DIY doctor play set.
You can make your play kit with things you already have at home, or a quick visit to your local $2 shop will give you lots of fresh ideas. The beauty of a play kit is that you can add to it whenever inspiration strikes (it’s no surprise that a play kit challenges mum’s imagination just as much as it does the kids’!).
What you need
- A box or bag to hold everything in ( a ‘doctor’s bag’ would be fun!)
- a small stick-on hook
- pretend doctor kit, I included:
- empty medicine bottles (I added red crosses over the labels – download the free printable for the cross)
- stethoscope (if you don’t have a toy one, click here to have a go at making your own)
- BAND-AIDs and bandages
- eye chart (see the printable for the eye chart)
- a doctor’s ‘uniform’ (white T-shirt with ‘doctor’ label from the free printable)
- notebook (with ‘Prescriptions’ label from the free printable) and pen
- pretend syringes (no needles!)
- cotton pads and sticks in a plastic Ziplock bag
- the ‘Doctor is IN / OUT’ sign (on the free printable, see below for instructions on how to make)
You can add all kinds of extras to your play kit, for example some tweezers, ‘pretend pills’, face masks, magnifying glass, craft sticks, etc.
What you do
This post was originally published on Kidspot.