We play hospital in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 21, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Medical Kit, The Value of Play

The children have been checking out medical supplies in their continuing exploration of community helpers…

In our activity boxes, we set out a variety of first aid supplies as well as toy medical tools for the children to play with…

As I observed the children at play, I noticed that many of the children liked taking turns being the doctor and the patient.

We had some expert medical staff here! I overheard the children debating whether the strap goes around their wrist or their arm…

This little girl passed her physical exam with flying colors…

All she needed was one good shot to the chest and she could be on her way….

The interesting thing about providing a doctor kit is that it really invites social interaction. I mean it isn’t any fun being a doctor without a patient.  I thought that dolls would be included in with the activity boxes but after watching the interaction, taking turns, communication, and caring for each other that was going on – I realized that not having the dolls may have worked out even better!

Speaking of Doctor Kits, this week my brother has been in the hospital and I have been visiting him each day. I noticed that he has these little sponges on a stick to use for sucking on ice and water but he never uses them.  So, being the the preschool teacher I am, I asked him if I could have them:)

Why do the hospitals get all the cool sponges? We are definitely going to paint with these. I told my brother if he has any more goodies he doesn’t use to be sure to pass them along to me!

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