Young children who participate in pretend play tend to be able to concentrate for longer periods and often are more intelligent because of this type of activity, according to Disney Family Fun. Games where they can dress up and pretend to be a doctor or other type of community helper not only entertain them, but may also help spark an interest in that particular field. Doctors tend to wear surgical caps that can be easily fashioned out of a bandanna, but the most common type of hat that you see are the white ones with examination lights that strap around the doctor's head, enabling him to examine the patient more efficiently.
Things You'll Need
- White construction paper
- Aluminum foil
Hold the white construction paper around the top of your child's head. Measure where you need to cut it and allow an extra 1 to 2 inches so that the paper can overlap slightly when glued.
Cut the construction paper into a narrow strip up to where you marked it. The strip should be 1 inch in width to be an effective doctor's hat. This will resemble the white strap that fastens around a doctor's forehead when he is using a light to examine the eyes, ears and mouth of a patient.
Use a drinking glass or jar to trace a circle onto the aluminum foil. Cut the circle out with scissors.
Glue the ends of the doctor's hat together, overlapping them slightly. Allow this to dry.
Glue the aluminum foil circle onto the front of the doctor's hat. Explain to the child that this serves as a pretend light, so that the doctor can inspect the eyes, ears, mouth and nose of the patient more efficiently.
Tips & Warnings
- Give your child a clean Popsicle stick to use as a tongue depressor so that she can check the throat of her patients.
- Photo Credit playing doctor image by Lisa Eastman from Fotolia.com
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