Emma is really into pretend play at the moment, so I thought it was time to introduce her to my favourite roll play toy as a child, the Doctor Play set. I had a Fisher Price one as a girl, and it really got a workout.
Instead of buying her a whole lot of plastic stuff, I rummaged around in a few drawers and cupboards and put together a fun set that cost me next to nothing.
Apart from gathering supplies, I made a gauze surgical mask. The tutorial is included below.
Some items that may be in your first aid drawer or that you can cheaply pick up at your local pharmacy:
- Plastic Syringe
- Plastic Tweezers from a dressing kit
- Tongue Depressor
- Stethoscope (I bought this off ebay for $4, it’s not excellent quality but it does work. Make sure you supervise your child as yelling or banging on stethoscopes can cause hearing damage.)
Other items you may want to include:
- Cotton Balls or swabs
- Eye Patch
- Note pad and Pen
How to make a Surgical Mask for Pretend Play
You will need:
- Cotton gauze 8″x10″
- 2 x elastic pieces 10″ long
- safety pin
- Sewing machine and general sewing supplies
This size suits a small child, you may want to adjust the measurements for older kids.
- Cut your gauze square and elastic.
- Fold the gauze in half and sew along the dotted line.
- Turn inside out and press.
- Fold open sides over twice as pictured and press.
- Stitch along dotted line.
- Fasten your safety pin to the end of the elastic piece and thread each through the side tubes.
- Tie off the ends.
- Move the elastic around to hide the knot.
To decorate the case:
- This was an old case I had kicking around the sewing room, if you don’t want to buy one you can use a lunch box or even a biscuit tin.
- Trace a circle around a bowl or plate onto some adhesive paper.
- Draw a large cross and colour in with a marker pen.
- Cut out and stick onto case or tin.
Now prepare yourself to be examined, prodded and bandaged up.