The best way to explore the role of Doctors and nurses (other than a trip in ambulance) seemed to be role play. Button already had a Doctor's outfit and case of Doctor tools so all she needed was a hospital.
Mum decided to use Button's bedroom for the hospital as it is a good size. Drapes (string and sheets/blankets) were used to separate the ward from reception. Lots of beds (2 halves off a dolly bunk bed + a cardboard dolls bed made previously) were laid out in the ward. Chairs (Button's balance beam) and magazines (Button's comics) were laid out in reception. Bandages and micro porous tape (both from a pound shop) were added to her kit. Finally, symptoms (sticker spots mainly) were applied to the patients (dolls).
We called Button up and she was amazed, quickly getting into her Doctor's outfit. Mum played nurse at first (although her bedside manner would not earn her a career in the NHS!) and the pair of them diagnosed and treated Bee and Dad. The bandages were especially a hit with Button. She wanted to wrap everyones limbs and heads!
After a while, Mum and Dad swapped as patient and nurse and all the patients were treated before Button decided it was time to move on to something else.
WPolice badge biscuits
1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 180°c
In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in extract and egg.
In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
Bake at 180 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
Bee loves baking so while staying we had to fit some in. We turned a simple star shape cutter into police badges by printing the word Police onto them. Have a look on pintrest for some other really cool ideas.
Putting out a foam fire
You will need
This was a lot of fun. We built a house from Duplo, you can use Lego or blocks. It will get wet so I wouldn't use cardboard or wood. We then covered it in foam. Try and get the white shaving foam, the blue might look silly. Then cover it in food colouring. We used normal liquid food colouring from sainburys. Then swirl it around a little so it looks like flames. Then we left Button to it. She had to put the fire out using different types of water bottles, some poured some squirted. She also saved the people from inside the building and hosed them down before sending them off in an ambulance, which I thought was a great use of her imagination. Bee really enjoyed this activity too and we look forward to doing this one again. Button decided to climb into it in the end and we hosed her down too. So it can become quite messy if you let it.
This one came from Bee and was fun (especially for us) and a good lesson for Button to learn. It was also incredibly simple.
Bee printed out a poster of a Fire dog, saying "Stop! Drop! And roll!". The idea was that whenever one of us held it up during the week, Button was to: stop what she was doing; drop to the floor; and roll on her back. This was to simulate what to do if she ever caught on fire.
I'm unsure if at 3 she grasped the reason behind it, but from a muscle memory point of view it is a great action to have a grasp of. In the future we can reinforce the message and reasoning.