When you are thinking about designing and stocking your Playroom OR if you are thinking about creating kits like these HERE a doctor kit is likely on your list. If you are a Child Centered Play Therapist or basing your playroom off Dr. Garry Landreth’s list for a fully equipped play room HERE you definitely have a doctor kit on your list! Doctor kits can help children play out themes of nurturing, medical trauma, as well as many other themes!
One of the things I have observed is that some toys in my doctor kit in my Playroom get used more than others. The biggest one is the stethoscope and kids LOVE band aids! Ohh…and the shots, definitely the shots!
When I was creating Play Therapy kits to go out to my clients I wanted something simple, with what my clients are drawn to most, and where I wouldn’t have a lot of expensive left over supplies.
I created several pintables for medication labels and the label for the bag to help the kits look authentic and stored them in a ZipLock bag. These kits came in around $8.00 for each kit.
One of the downfalls is that it doesn’t include a thermometer or a blood pressure cuff. However, the kits that were $10.00 looked pretty cheap and that they might break easily. The kids are LOVING the real-ish stethoscope! AND I have found using these kits for Tele-Play has been pretty similar to in office play and young people are able to play out the themes that they need.
These DIY Doctor Kits include:
Medicine Bottles (with free printable label) $6.63 for 25 - you can also take an empty medication bottle you have used (like Tylenol or Advil) and replace the label!
Stethoscope - $6.95
Syringe (4 for $1.00 at the Dollar Tree)
ZipLock Bag (with free printable label)
Click HERE for the free medical kits printable!
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