A doctor’s visit does not have to be scary. Doctors are there to help us when we are sick, and to help us grow. Here are some activities that you can do to help show children what a doctor’s visit will be like and how easy it can be.
Read together: The Bernstain Bears Go to the Doctor – By Stan and Jan Berenstain. This book is wonderfully written as it shows and explains what happens at a doctors visit.
*Washing our hands regularly is important to protect against germs and bacteria and helps keep us from getting sick.
- Activity: Teach your child when and how to wash hands properly for 20 sec: to make it fun let child wash hands with different types of soaps such as:
- Bar soap
- Foam soap
- Gel soap
Height & Weight
*Our weight and height indicates how healthy we are. It is important to eat right so we can grow big and strong.
- Activity: Make a height and weight chart out of poster paper. Also provide child with a growth and weight chart, so they can follow along with you, measure and weigh each child. For long term learning, attach poster to the wall and measure child monthly.
Cotton Ball Art
*Explain how doctors and nurses use cotton balls and cotton swabs in their daily routine. Also explain how we use cotton balls and swabs in our everyday life. Remind children to never use swabs in their ears!
Here is a craft children can do using the cotton swabs and cotton balls.
- Craft: Cotton ball and cotton swab painting.
- Materials Needed
- Paint – in many colors
- Cotton Swabs
- Cotton Balls
- Materials Needed
Place paint on paper plate for kids to dip in, and then let them use their imagination to create a picture with the cotton balls and or cotton swabs.
*Children love to role play and dress up. Create a mini doctor’s office for the children to use to role-play together. In your mini doctor’s offices consider supplying some of these items:
- Bed, Chair and Table
- Paper and Pens
- Cotton Balls and Cotton Swabs
- Play Stethoscope, Needle, Thermometer
- Rubber Gloves
- Lab Coat
- Gauze and Tape
- Empty and properly cleaned medicine bottles
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