Doctor Play 

Play about being the doctor with doctor instruments you make yourself.

  • Target Age:  2-5 
  • Learning Goals:  Using play to work on fears; Role-playing; Pretending
  • Related Episode: Episode 102: Daniel Visits School/ Daniel Visits the Doctor 



  • Smock or old white shirt
  • A bag with some of the following:
  • Tounge depressors (popsicle Sticks)
  • Strips of Cloth Bandages
  • Yardstick or tape measure
  • Ballpoint pen without the ink cartridge (for pretend shots)
  • Lightweight radio headphones with wire hanging from them or an empty spool strung on a yarn (for a stethoscope)
  • Plastic bubble wand (for checking eyes and ears)


  • Playing about a visit to the doctor gives your child a way to rehearse some of the procedures that will happen there – to be the one in charge of doing the examination and giving the injection.
  • Doctor play is so inviting that it usually doesn’t need much introduction. Many children like to examine their stuffed animals or dolls. Or you may want to pretend to be the patient.

Take it Further
Playing about new experiences like starting a new school, going on a trip or getting a haircut that might be upsetting or scary can help your child feel less helpless – and trust you more because of your honest and reassuring help beforehand.

Talk About It

Give your child the chance to ask plenty of questions so they will feel more comfortable and extra prepared for their new experience.

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