I honestly can't remember where I got the idea for these but it read something like this: toss a couple bandaids and an alcohol swab in a ziplock and let your kids pretend to be a doctor. I decided to take the Travel Doctor Kit a step further and added a few more items that would fit into small plastic boxes. I didn't want to spend any money (isn't this ALWAYS the goal?) so I wracked my brain trying to think of any plastic boxes I already had to I would not have to purchase small totes.
Do you know those wet facial wipes that cleans makeup off your face? I had two of those plastic boxes empty and a small plastic tote that my son uses for his mini lego guys. These 3 boxes were perfect for the doctor kits and they were graduated sizes as well. They will know easily who's box is who's.
Here's what I put in our Doctor Kits:
2 latex gloves, medicine bottle with m & m's, digital thermometer, bandaids, alchohol swabs, medicine giver syringe, and a surgical mask.
I love the fact that there's a built in snack that will take little fingers a while to get into.
**YES, I realize there are risks involved in letting the littles think that medicine is candy...but you know what? They already do! Half of the meds kids take these days taste like candy and my 2 year old already calls it candy...so, we are oober careful with these types of things. Extreme precautions are already taken in this household to ensure no accidental taking of meds.**
Here is a better view of the plastic facial wipes boxes I had on hand. All of our items fit perfectly in the boxes.
Some ideas if you don't have these on hand already: I got the gloves and masks from my old job. I worked for a company that is in the medical field and was able to get ahold of both for free. Other posibilites would be your pediatrician may be willing to give you some if you call and ask. :) A veterinarian's office... or if you're a seamstress, these should be quite easy to sew.
Ask your friends if they have any digital thermometers they don't need. When I went looking, I had FOUR (not including the one I kept and all the regular mercury ones) that I was willing to dispose of. One was broken leaving me three perfectly good thermometers to give to my littles.
Who doesn't have medicine bottles in their pantry? I disposed of the old meds and cleaned out the bottles...then filled with m & m's. (of course there's also skittles, tic tacs, you name it...)
The only thing I wish I had but could not locate at the last minute was a stethescope. Would still like to get one of those as I know my kids would love one!
I'll be sure to let you all know if the littles enjoy this as much as I think they will.
So, what would YOU add to this doctor kit?