If you are doing a community helper study or you want to include some doctor craft and activities to help a little one deal with an upcoming visit this DIY Doctors Kit is a great upcycle project to include.
This weeks craft/activity was inspired by Biscuit Goes to the Dr. This simple book is great for introducing or refreshing the concept of doctor visits with toddlers and preschoolers.
DIY Doctor’s Kit
You will need:
- Empty box (raid the pantry)
- Black cardstock/construction paper
- Red construction paper
- Clear packing tape or clear contact paper
- Empty toilet paper tube
- Craft glue/glue stick
You will also need assorted items from your first aid kit:
Syringes or droppers
You can use any type of box you have from your pantry-cracker, pasta, etc… I like to use the tea boxes because they open like a doctor bag might but you can apply the same decoration steps to any kind of box.
I start by laying tracing out each side of the box (trace on one side cut twice) on black cardstock or construction paper. Then cut out each piece and glue to the box until it is completely covered.
You can stop here, but if you would like your doctor bag to hold up a little better cover it in clear packing tape or contact paper.
Cut out a red cross shape to mark it as a medical bag, glue to the top.
Let your child write their name or use stickers inside the box to personalize their doctor bag.
Now the really fun part, time to fill it with items that a doctor might use. I gathered bandaids, popsicle sticks for tongue depressors, medicine droppers, cotton swabs, and gauze. Avoid using medicine bottles to not confuse children about what is okay to play with.
To create a fake cast I cut a toilet paper tube lengthwise, wrapped it in gauze and glued it down.
It can be used on little arms or legs for dramatic play time and gives them hours of fun.
I haven’t met a kid yet that doesn’t love putting band-aids on themselves, their stuffed animals and dolls, or each other…
How cute is this Doctor Dress up kit with a light up x ray machine to take the dramatic play even further?
Community Helpers – Play and learn about the people in our neighborhoods and the jobs they do to improve our society.