While first birthdays come with awesome benefits like parties, presents and birthday cake, they also trigger something rather unpleasant: immunisations… Poor Ted didn’t enjoy the four needles at all and left the doctors office with a bandaid on both his arms AND both his legs. Being the school holidays all the kids came along and they were very intrigued by it all, watching closely how the doctor checked Ted over and how the nurse prepared and administered each injection.
Hospital trips and doctor appointments can be quite scary, but pretend play is a fantastic way to help your child prepare and understand what’s happening in a fun, relaxed way. Our kids love getting out the doctor dress-up and their toy first aid kit to attend a medical emergency. Instead of focussing on the scary parts children can learn about all the good things a medical practitioner does and maybe even inspire them to become one too!
If you are a big Peppa Pig fan like our kids you will know that (while miss Rabbit is extremely good at multitasking) there are plenty of memorable characters who have special jobs and responsibilities. We regularly bump into a ‘Mr. Bull’ when we spot roadworks, we visit our own ‘Dr. Brown Bear’ for check-ups and take our pets to ‘Dr. Hamster’. The new Peppa Pig ‘When I Grow Up’ episodes enable children to connect with a range of characters, professions, roles and scenarios and recognise them in their own lives too. From helpful doctors to brave fire fighters, from office superstars to hardworking farmers and much more, Peppa Pig makes children familiar with every day jobs in a fun and playful way.
Research has shown it over and over again: Children’s play is so much more than just having fun! It’s their special way of preparing them for the big wide world through books, TV, craft and the so important pretend play. Parents and teachers can learn alongside too, as supporting and joining in children’s play helps them deeply connect and engage on the child’s own level.
I love listening to my little ones make up their own stories and adventures. From ‘mums and dads’ to keeping shop, from running a restaurant to catching robbers, from teaching a class to even managing their own library, it tells me a lot about their personalities and characters. I wonder what they will be when they grow up…
Thanks to our friends at EntertainmentOne one lucky Peppa Pig fan will win a Peppa Pig Mobile Medical Centre and Flip-Flap Peppa Board Book. For your chance to win enter our giveaway below:
Call the doctor! No matter where the emergency is, the Peppa Pig Mobile Medical Centre (RRP $39, ages 3+) is always on standby to bring help to those in need. While on the road Dr. Brown Bear, Nurse Peppa and Teddy travel in a funky white and yellow ambulance. Upon arrival the push-along van opens up to reveal a fully equiped medical centre complete with hospital bed, first aid kit and more. Even the roof transform into a waiting room with reception desk and chairs!
Parents often tell their children they can be anything they want to be, and the same goes for Peppa in this fun Flip-Flap Peppa Board Book (RRP $16.99). By lifting the flaps young readers can dress Peppa in 100 mix and match outfits to suit different professions, characters and occasions. A witch, a fairy, a doctor or an astronaut… What would you like to dress up like today? This sturdy board book offers endless entertainment for little hands.