How to set up Pretend Play Dentist?

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How to set up Pretend Play Dentist?

A Pretend play or role-play or dramatic play is a fun way to run your kids imagination wild. A kid recreates a scene and pretends or enacts that role in the scene. Pretend play helps the toddler or a child to explore their thoughts and feelings by playing a character. Nathan loves role play and it’s very easy to create a scene with minimal toys.

BOOK NAME: HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH SNAPPY CROC

AUTHOR: JANE CLARKE

ILLUSTRATOR: GEORGIE BIRKETT

PAGES: 18

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER

AGE RECOMMENDED: 1+

This dentist dramatic play is inspired by this book. The story is for young kids who say they don’t want to brush their teeth and brushing is no fun. A girl takes us through the book of how to brush her teeth with her snappy crocodile. A cute illustrated book for young toddlers who wants to brush themselves or who says I don’t want to brush my teeth.

snappy croc

How did we set up our dental play?

This was an easy setup with our doctor playset. The set has,

  • Scissors
  • Reflexhamer
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue Depressor
  • Teeth Mirror
  • Toothpaste
  • ToothBrush
  • Ear Checker
  • Small tray
  • Stethoscope
  • Glasses
  • Syringe
  • Medicine
  • Fake Tooth set
  • A cash register for billing

Nathan learned all the names of the equipment and we got to treat our toothache as part of our play. We also enjoyed talking about how germs will affect our teeth and also about cavities. This play even got widened when he said he wanted to treat his construction toys also. I enjoyed seeing his little brain work and how a simple play expanded their creativity. You can use stuffed toys as patients.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Pretend play develops their imagination.
  • Develops their social skills like sharing, taking turns, negotiating, and problem-solving
  • Develops their numeracy.
  • Develops empathy unknowingly as they take a turn when playing.
  • Helps in developing their language skills
  • Helps them to understand a situation and think about what can be done
  • Increases their attention span
  • Develops their eye-hand coordination.
  • Altogether, it enhances their creativity and problem-solving.

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