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Can you believe it’s October already? I’ve noticed that everyone now keeps telling me how many weeks are left until Christmas arrives. I can’t say it fills me with a whole lot of excitement just between you and me, such a hectic time of the year (and dare I say often stressful), especially when you have 4 year old twins!
No, I think I will just hang onto October a little longer thanks and please don’t tell me if you are one of those organised parents who has already picked up their Christmas layby because I seriously do not want to know!
Let’s get back to October because if you have budding little Doctors in the house like I do they might be excited to hear that October is Doc-Tober for the Disney Junior channel on TV. There will be new episodes of Doc McStuffins and her toy friends throughout the whole month which I’m personally quite pleased about because my girls absolutely love Doc.
Regular readers will know that my girls love their outdoor play and it is something I am very passionate about. We really don’t watch a lot of TV but I do believe there can be a healthy balance if shows are chosen wisely. I allow them to watch the Disney Junior channel mainly because I know I will be able to trust the content and to be honest every now and then I love being able to sit with them and watch some of the classic Disney movies that I grew up with.
Their current favourite show, Doc McStuffins, encourages them to role play and use their imagination and I so enjoy watching my girls get out their Doc kits to fix their poor toys whenever an episode finishes. Usually the play moves to outside and we often have hospital clinics set up in some very odd places!
Disney Junior has just introduced a range of new games and activities to their website and I particularly like the just released Doc-Mobile game .
The twins have really only just begun to explore games on the computer, I figured I can’t keep them away from technology forever but I’m pretty choosey about sites I let them visit. This one was easy to understand, didn’t require a lot of mouse control and it led to a wonderful afternoon of imaginative play outside near the trees. Win win!
In the Doc Mobile game, Doc has a mobile clinic she hooks up to her bike to go and visit those toys that need her help. Tara absolutely loved this concept and asked if we could set up our own mobile hospital just like Doc.
Since they are loving the Doc at the moment I thought I would put a little McStuffins inspiration into our creations. We made our crafty treasures for the medical kits in the morning then headed out in the afternoon to pick a shady spot to set up the Doctor Clinic (tables)…the closest I could come to meeting Tara’s ‘mobile clinic’ wish. Ruby said it was like Doc’s ‘backyard hospital’ which I figured was high praise from a 4 year old!
Here’s what we made (well mainly me to be honest, but the girls had fun making their own creations with felt, glue and pens….and more glue and they did enjoy helping me with some of the easier parts of the crafting). They are all quick and easy projects that anyone can do and the girls were absolutely delighted with them.
Doc McStuffins Magic Stethoscope
Very easy to make, I just used materials I already had. First I wrapped some old bias tape around a couple of headbands that have been languishing in the bathroom cupboard for ages. I glued the edges down with some PVA glue but a decent glue gun would make the job easier and probably help the stethoscope withstand more love!
The last step just requires a little ribbon glued to the headband and then to the lid as shown in the pictures. It’s a good idea to wrap the ribbon around the band a few times before gluing into place just to make it a little stronger when small hands are tugging on it. Told you it was easy.
A Doctor’s Boo Boo Notebook
My girls just love writing in books at the moment so of course we had to have a boo boo book just like Doc McStuffins! I simply used a couple of notebooks they already had and glued a few little pieces of felt onto the front cover.
Their use promoted a lot of reflective language and conversation and were a fantastic way to practice those pre writing skills. I was in awe of how professional those two were writing down all the signs and symptoms and then coming back to fix each toy after making a diagnosis, it was too cute!
Do you have some Doc McStuffins fans at your house?
The wonderful folk at Disney Junior are offering Mummy Musings and Mayhem readers a Doc McStuffins prize pack which includes:
1 x Magic Talking Doc and Friends (RRP $59.99)
1 x Doc McStuffins ‘A little cuddle goes a long way’ DVD (RRP $14.99)
Just answer the following question to be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize pack.
The most creative answer as decided by myself and our Disney Junior representatives will be chosen as the winner!
Entries will close at 5:00 pm AEDST on Tuesday 14 October 2014. Full terms and conditions of this giveaway can be seen here.
Kim maxwell says
I think they would love the Doc to come and fix the toy drum set that my ‘lovely’ sister gave my kids, it ‘accidentially’ broke!
trixi symonds says
I love all your band aids and bandages and stethoscope …such fun…looks like you’ve got a lot of sick dolls there, you might have to check what they’ve been up to!
I just ADORE your homemade hospital kit, how incredibly creative! We will definitely have to make some bandages here for stuffed animals, too cute!
Kate Lloyd says
How clever is this! Love how you were able to make all those things so easily. I didn’t know about the Doc McStuffins so you’ve introduced me to this too.
[email protected] says
Those felt bandaids look irresistible! I’ll be making some up for Miss K soon. I think the Doc would have to fix plenty of superhero action figures wounded during play ;p xo P
My 3 yr old LOVES Doc Mcstuffins! She would ask doc to fix all of the pieces that have come off her Barbie house.
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
Love the felt bandaids and bandages and seriously, the making your own stethoscope from a headband… genius! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
How cute and fun are your Dr kit items!! My daughter will love these, thanks for the awesome ideas Jode!
Oh how my girls LOVED bandaids when they were little! A (childless) friend sent them a big box of fancy bandaids for their birthday once and I spent the next 6 months trying to scrape them off my wood floors and from the walls and the toys LOL These felt ones would have been MUCH Better! LOL
We currently have a toy dog who’s insides are on the outside… I think we need the Doc at our house!
I work as a wildlife education officer and that rubs off on my girls. They love playing vet and their animal toys get hurt and fixed the most. I think it’s so important for children to build empathy and compassion for our fellow creatures and I’m sure Doc McStuffins would help the girls to fix their animals too.
Rachel Brown says
What an enviable set up! How fun and exciting! We are new Doc McStuffins fans here too!
Maree Mortimer says
My daughter would love Doc to come and fix her favourite baby doll who has lots of boo boos and appears to be suffering from Fall-over-atosis.
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
Anything no-sew gets the tick or me 🙂
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
Anything no sew gets a tick from me 🙂
I absolutely adore what you have created here – so much fun!! Your girls looked like they had the most amazing time 🙂
My kids have many times played pretend vets, fixing up their sick animals (stuffed toys). Doc McStuffins would be great to include in these pretend games and fix up my daughter’s rabbit (she calls Cuddly) She is a very much loved toy rabbit with no stuffing left, that MUST come with us everywhere!
I just found your blog! I also have 4 year old twin girls that love Doc McStuffins. I’m pretty sure the show has inspired them both to be doctors when they grow up as they talk about it frequently. My girls would ask for all of their stuffed animals that need a booboo fix (sewn) to be fixed since momma can’t sew.
Kim Pollock says
My daughter would have Doc come fix her her Doc McStuffins figurine whose head broke off and so she has what some may call headache-o-titis!
I would love to win this for my grand-daughter, who is a big Doc McStuffins fan. I’m sure she has lots of friends at home that she would love to have the Doc visit, but I’m thinking I would love to have the Doc live at my house, so there is even more fun here when my grandie visits me. I can just imagine her face when she comes to stay and sees the Doc on the toy shelf.
Morgan Baker says
Oh my goodness,I love this idea!!! So awesome,I just made my 4 year old and her stuffed animal puppy “capes” from daddys old shirt! & we painted toilet paper rolls and made them the cuffs to match the capes. We have this baby doll that the girls colored on so it looks like she has ouchies, I know for sure my toddler would use the band aids on her and kiss her and say “all better” just like mommy does for her! They would check the heart on this pink build-a-bear we got that we had put a heart beat sound maker in it!