Doctor’s Office Dramatic Play in Preschool

The Doctor’s Office Dramatic Play center is a big hit with young children in preschool and kindergarten. This particular dramatic play scenario is meaningful to children in preschool and kindergarten because they have all been to a doctor’s office before. When children are engaged in meaningful play they are more motivated to use print and writing tools in authentic ways to support their play.

baby doll arm cast

Pretend Play Doctor’s Office


Preschoolers like pretending to be mommy and daddy while the baby dolls play the roles of the patients. They love pretending to cough, give shots, and have broken limbs. When I saw this post from Family Chic I was inspired to create casts for the baby dolls in the dramatic play center.

I used a white baby sock to create the arm cast pictured at the top. Just use scissors to cut the toes out of the sock, and then make a small slit for the thumb. The leg cast pictured below was not altered; it’s just a baby sock- super simple but loads of fun for little ones!

baby doll leg cast

Hospital Bracelets in the Dramatic Play Center


One year I placed a basket of thin construction paper strips in the writing center and they immediately disappeared, then re-appeared on the wrists of all the students in the dramatic play center. The children had glued the strips in loops and made their own hospital wristbands to wear when they were admitted to the hospital. There was one child who assigned wristband colors to ailments, “Yellow means you have a bad cough, red is for fevers.” Their creativity never ceases to amaze me!

doctors office dramatic play center
If you are looking for doctor’s office dramatic play props that incorporate literacy and writing for authentic purposes you might be interested in the printable Doctor’s Office kit.

About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Christian says:

    Very, very cool. Our school nurse just went to a first grade classroom to show off a toy nurse kit she had as a child. The kids loved it! The classroom teacher is thinking of doing a medical center – I’ll pass this on.

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