Materials: doctor kit, clipboards, paper, pencils, stuffed animals or baby dolls for patients
It is well established that kids use play as a way to process the experiences they are having in their own lives. A visit to the doctor can be a stressful experience for a young child, so opportunities to process through play can be very valuable.
Set up a doctor's office dramatic play with stuffed animals or baby dolls that can be the patients at the office.
- your older kids may want to take turns being the doctor or the patient rather than using stuffed animals or baby dolls
- you don't need to have a doctor kit to set up a doctor dramatic play-- use blocks, paper towel rolls, or other open-ended materials
What We're Learning:
- language and vocabulary development
- self-expression and a safe place to experiment with experiences in their own lives
- sharing space and materials with peers
- turn-taking strategies
- engaging in play with other children