Oh man, out of all the homemade Christmas presents I made this year this was by far my favorite. I love love LOVE giving kids gifts that are educational or imagination stimulating and this toy is both! I also love toys that encourage nieces and aunties to spend time together and this was a total joy for me to give to and play with my little niece Livi. And while I’m sure everyone else would call this a doctor’s kit I’m a nurse so of course I told her it was a nurse kit. :D
On top of being an amazing learning tool and a great activity to share together this present also was sooooooo simple and cost me less than $10. The My First Body board book (how cute?!) was $4 and the stethoscope was $5 – I got both off Amazon. Everything else was already hanging out in my closet or medicine cabinet. Seriously, best present ever.
You Will Need:
Sheet of white craft foam
Red acrylic paint
…fun stuff to pack inside! This will vary greatly depending on the age of the child but a few suggestions are:
Film canister “medicine”
Syringes (remember, that’s the plastic part, not the needle)
Livi is a few months shy of two so I made sure to either not include any mouth sized pieces or to super glue down anything that could even remotely become a choking hazard (like the “medicine” lid).
If your little one is older you could go with more of a theme such as animal doctor or a newborn baby doctor and include items relating to those fields. SO many fun directions you can go with this and it’s all super educational!
Start by tracing a circle on the craft foam. Size will decide how large or small the circle should be. Since the black purse I had on hand was small I only needed a little circle.
You can grab a cup to trace around, I used the top of my essential oil diffuser because I was too lazy to leave the room.
Cut our your beautiful white circle.
Free hand your red cross design or grab something rectangular and trace one. I used a package of band-aids. :) I added on here and there until I liked the width and height of the cross.
When you are satisfied begin painting in the cross with your red acrylic paint. I did two coats and used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.
To make the red cross pop I outlined it with a black sharpie.
You have a couple options when it comes to attaching the red cross to the bag. I used super glue but it also could look really cool to sew the patch on. Your choice!
She was very interested in the band-aids…silly girl!