This summer Miss Kristie and I launched an exciting new play center called the "Imagination Station." In June the theme was a pretend 'library' - see our post about that here.
In July we shook things up a bit with a new theme - a Veterinarian's office!
Yes, those are felt letters, and yes, we were unscrambling them at the end of every day. Why is felt so tempting to little fingers?
This was surprisingly easy to throw together - we had a lot of the materials we needed already, and made the rest. Here are some of the things we included:
-a lab coat and pretend glasses
-animal puppets and stuffed animals
-a pretend doctor's kit (I brought this in from home)
-animal x-rays (printed from Google Images and laminated)
-a doctor's "prescription pad"
Here was our set-up. You can see we've only dedicated a small space to this play center, but it really works!
Why, hello, little Chipmunk. May I have the blood pressure cuff, please?
Miss Kristie made these "band-aids" out of - you guessed it - felt! They were perfect for sticking to our stuffed animals without the sticky mess of real band-aids.
X-rays are easy to find online, and are actually really interesting to look at:
And our laminator turned them green. No one seemed to notice.
Another felt creation - our doctor's bag actually got ripped apart after a week or two, but the kids continued to play with it. We were just too busy to fix it!
Doctor name tags and prescriptions (we went through a lot of these):
A little inspiration for the kids which they did NOT need! They went to town playing without any suggestions from us boring adults!
Here are some families checking out the new play center:
(and someone's big sister is wearing the lab coat!)
I found these prescriptions after some kids left one day:
1) Snowflake - eat lots of carrots
2) Mr. Owl - take medicine
3) Captain Jumpsalot - Take medicine twice a day,
before bed and after breakfast