My little girls love to play doctor role-play games, leading to many fun learning opportunities over the years.
These are our favourite ideas for learning while playing doctors.
Easy ideas for doctor role-play games
I bought a cheap little notebook for the girls to write their doctor’s notes in.
Learn about the body
If you have a big piece of paper or cardboard, ask children to draw around themselves. They can then measure arms and legs, label body parts or even draw in organs.
This is a great way for children to learn where different body parts are, and you can make it as complicated or as simple as appropriate. If you don’t have a big sheet of paper, a whiteboard or chalk outside would also work well.
Children can listen to a friend’s heartbeat with a homemade stethoscope.
Make a model of the brain using playdough. For young children, this is a great way to learn about the different hemispheres of the brain and how they have different functions.
Have some fun finding out how strong human bones are.
Learn all about lungs with this fake lung experiment.
Learn about handwashing and why it’s important with a simple glitter activity.
For older children
Investigate heart rate by recording pulse rate at rest and after exercise.
More doctor role-play ideas
Use coloured stickers for patient rewards and practice colour recognition with younger children.
Can you think of any more doctor role-play ideas for us?
If you enjoyed these ideas, you might also like my Playful Science series, which is full of easy science ideas for preschoolers.
Last Updated on November 10, 2023 by Emma Vanstone