Social: To foster your child’s imaginative and creative side, while increasing their understanding of different community helpers that they encounter.
This activity will encourage children to role play experiences they have had with community helpers such as doctors and nurses.
You will need:
- Props needed for creating a doctor's office
- (i.e. dolls as patients, toy doctor kits with stethoscopes, needles, bandages etc; white shirts for doctor's jackets; blankets; scale; measuring chart; magazines)
1. Enrich the dramatic play area with props that support the children’s interest in pretending to be doctors, nurses or patients
2. Encourage small groups of children to use the materials in dramatic play to explore different roles and to practice caring for and curing each other.
3. Join in the children’s play. Pretend to be a patient with a tummy ache or a broken toe. Let the children take care of you. This will help the children to develop empathy for people who are sick or hurt, as they use their problem-solving skills.
4. Pretend to be a doctor and use phrases and terms that a doctor might use, like, “Say ‘ahhh’” or “You have healthy reflexes.” This will help children to build these terms into their play.
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Some children need support developing conversation skills. These tips will encourage your child to become comfortable talking with other people and build their ability to remember language.
Support your child's imagination by asking questions about the role of a doctor, "When do you go see a doctor? A supportive answer might be be, "People visit the doctor when they feel sick or have a check-up"
Maintain your child's knowledge by turning the question around to get the opposite answer, "Who do you see when you feel sick?"
Name the parts of the body as you demonstrate what a doctor might do, for example " a doctor checks your tummy (place your hand on your stomach) "
When you act as a patient, ask question that encourage your child to apply the knowledge they already have. For example, you might say "Oh doctor my tummy hurts, can you help me?'
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you talk about the areas of the body a doctor could check
- Your child will lean various roles of a doctor
Nurture, Explore & Share
- if you pretend to be a patient in your child's play
- your child will become familiar of what to expect during a doctor's visit
- Provide your child with meaningful props
- Have the opportunity to practice caring for others, as they take on the role of community helpers, such as doctors and/or nurses
- Join your child in pretend play by taking on a role (i.e. a patient)
- Explore and make sense of real life experiences, such as visiting a doctor’s office or hospital
- Teach your child new words and vocabularies related to their play (i.e. body parts)
- Builds your child’s language and vocabulary as they learn new words
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Children can accompany an adult for a doctor’s appointment, to become familiar with the experience of visiting a doctor’s office.
- Invite a doctor to the classroom to talk about the work s/he does and show some materials used for caring for patients (i.e. stethoscope, bandages).
- Talk about the body and how it works, what people need to do to stay healthy and fit (i.e. eat properly, exercise).
• ELMO GOES TO THE DOCTOR by Sarah Albee
Everyday Moments: Play Time