A theme of Community Helpers Doctor focus can be presented separately or as part of an overall health theme that includes doctors, hospitals and dentist. Use this theme in a way that best suits you and your students' needs.
This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
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Community Helper Doctor Theme Art
Make a Stethescope
Materials Needed: We had a grandparent who donated egg cartons every year to the preschool. There are only so many caterpillars one can make in a year, so we got creative with them!
Let the children decorate 2 cups from an egg carton. Punch holes in the sides and attach pipe cleaners to it for a stethescope.
BOLD Surgeon Hat
Pre cut construction paper into strips for headbands.
Let the children decorate them (paint, markers, etc.)
Glue a circle shape of aluminum foil to the middle for the surgeon's mirror.
Doctor Theme Block Center Ideas
Add little people, bandages/band aids to the block center along with boxes to use as a hospital.
Doctor Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
What is a Doctor?
To introduce this theme, ask the children if they have ever gone to the doctor's office? This conversation will immediately lend to many conversations of visits to the doctor!
Some information to share with them is that doctors are men or women. They help us to stay healthy and to feel better when we are sick. They go to school for many, many years to learn everything about the human body, different illnesses and ways to help people get or stay well
Like any Community Helper theme, you can introduce it by having a prop box or bag filled with items or instruments used by doctors.
Some suggestions are tongue depressors, stethescope, otoscope, white coat, etc.
Germs! Thank you, Pam, for this idea!
This is a wonderful demonstration of the importance of covering our moths when we cough or sneeze!
Materials needed: a balloon, holes from a hole puncher, a permanent marker.
Place the holes in the balloon, blow it up and twist the end but don't tie it. Draw a face on it using the end that you blow on as the mouth.
Tell the kids that there are germs inside of Mr. Balloon and he is going to remember to cover his mouth as he coughs....then let the air out of the balloon covering the opening with your hand (only a few germs should escape). T
Then blow him back up and show them what happens to Mr. Balloons germs when he coughs and forgets to cover his mouth....germs fly all over the room
Thank you, Karen, for the following variation of the Germs idea!
Use a very fine glitter and sprinkle some on a smooth surface before talking to the group. Then talk about germs and how they spread.
Pretend to cough or sneeze over the surface and then wipe your hand over the glitter. Then touch the children's hands, leaving a little of the glitter on their hands, explaining that this is what happens when we cough or sneeze without covering our noses or mouths.
The best way to remove glitter is to wash hands, so use that time to show how germs can be washed away, too!
How Does It Work? Thank you again, Karen!
Discuss using wheelchairs and crutches by bringing some in and trying them out. How easy is it to move yourself in a wheelchair or walk with crutches with one leg off the ground?
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
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Community Helper Doctor Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Doctor's Examination Room
Materials: Provide a mat or blanket to lay on, thermometer (play type!), bandages, and a play medical kit. Include some bandaids and bandages. I have also included clipboards, markers and folders with paper for each patient.
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Paint with Q-tips this week!
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together!
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Community Helpers Doctor Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
Corduroy Goes to the Doctor by Lisa McCue
Curious George Goes to the Hospital by H. A. Rey
My Friend the Doctor by Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Build a Hospital
Provide small, wooden blocks and people for the children to build hospitals while they count the blocks, sort them by color or size, etc.
Is There a Doctor In The House? Thank you, Karen, for this idea!
We have used our out of date bandages and slings and dress the children with them and let them put them on us using small bits of tape from a tape dispenser--great for fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills!
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Five Little Monkeys
This is a great song that you can act out during this theme!
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!"
Continue 4, 3, 2, and then
One little monkey jumping on the bed.
She fell off and bumped her head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"There are NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED"
Miss Polly Thank you, Karen for this suggestion!
Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
So she called the doctor to come quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat,
and he knocked on the door with a rat-a-tat.
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head.
He said, 'Miss Polly, put her straight to bed'.
He wrote on his paper for a pill, pill, pill.
'I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill!'
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Activities for the Senses!
Droppers and Syringes Thank you, Chris, for this idea!
Add eye droppers and syringes (without the needles, of course!) to your water table!
Community Helpers Doctor Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Find some actual stethescopes to use.
Let the children listen to their own and their friends' hearts!
Provide a digital scale, paper and markers in your science center.
Have the children stand on the scale and write down the numbers of their weight as well as their name on a paper.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Community Helpers Doctor Theme!
D is for Doctor
Preprint the letter D and d on papers. Laminate. Give the children low dose dry erase markers to practice tracing!
Use small notepads, homemade prescription pads and clipboards in your writing center for letter writing practice.
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Community Helpers Doctor Theme!
Visit a doctor's office if possible.
Invite a doctor to you classroom to just sit and talk with them. They can demonstrate using different instruments or just talk to them about their fears or answer questions they have about visiting a doctor's office.