You know that feeling when you've been playing with your child for what feels like six hours, then you check your watch and it's only been five minutes? We've all been there.
If you've reached the point where you just need five minutes' peace, role play is a brilliant way to encourage your child to play independently – plus it gets them to use their imagination and creativity skills, and they LOVE it!
Setting up a role play area at home couldn't be more simple. Just scroll down to download and print the doctor's surgery role play sheet, which includes signs, a doctor's badge for your child to wear and write their name on, plus x-rays, a badge for the patient, plasters, and prescriptions for your child to fill in. Then, use toys you already have at home.
Once you’ve created your doctor’s surgery, you can keep everything stored away for next time. An easy win that will let you escape for a nice cup of tea – just what the doctor ordered.
If you need some help getting started, we love the hilarious ailments in the Bluey episode 'Hospital' (Season 1, episode 2). Watch on BBC iPlayer or visit bluey.tv.
Select the image or click here to download a PDF of this doctors role play printable.
Select the picture or click here to print this doctors role play PDF.
Don't forget to say a big 'well done' by giving them a badge that says 'I've been very brave!'.
This independent activity is a great way to help develop your child’s communication and problem-solving skills. If they’re playing the doctor, they’ll need to ask questions to find out what’s wrong, then practise their writing skills by recording all the details on the prescription sheet. If they’re the patient, they can use lots of describing words to explain what their symptoms are. Cutting out the different signs helps to develop their fine motor skills too.