We play hospital in preschool

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!

By |2011-02-21T22:11:54+00:00February 21st, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott February 22, 2011 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Those are great sponges! Like you, I’m always seeing things and asking, “What could we do with that?” I’m going to look for a place to get sponges like that.

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Try a hospital:) I found out that they are supposed to be disposable toothbrushes! LOL!

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog February 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Love this post, Deborah! Play is so connected to learning — especially pretend play. Sounds like the kids had a great time!

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      They have been enjoying the experience for sure:)

  3. Jackie Lee February 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Last month was Dental month at my daughter’s school, and watching the kids get all dressed up and playing dentist was a lot of fun. They used most of the same tools ~ just focused on looking in each others mouths. It’s such a great way for them to learn.

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Haha – I can just picture them all looking in each other’s mouth! How fun!

  4. Jackie February 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Great ideas! My son has spent a lot of time at the Dr. lately. We should probably play this more.. .of course his only patient would be his baby brother (or me, I guess). 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      LOL – just make little paper people and they can be patients too but mom will probably be more fun:)

  5. Carri Sussman February 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Those little sponges are also used in oral motor activities by speech therapists or occupational therapists and are called toothettes. They are about $30.00 for 100 and can be ordered online at http://www.speechbin.com.

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Ahhh, that is good information!

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