Pros: Encourages role playing
Can help prepare a child for their own doctor/nurse visit
Cons: nothing to be noted
It's always good to expose children to different experiences in life. Playing with toys that mimic doctor and nurse's tools and encourage role playing, I believe, is a good thing. The Fisher Price Medical Kit has been around for decades and has changed a bit with the advances in the field and but is still quite basic in its selection of tools.
Fisher Price Medical Kit
This is a plastic set of doctor/nurse tools that of course is steered toward both girls and boys for either profession. It is noted for children 3+. This medical set seems to be a safe toy to have around with younger children in the home with no small parts that can be accidentally ingested or caught in small airways. It is well made and bright in color. In the kit one will find...
A Working Stethoscope
Blood Pressure Cuff with Spinning Gauge
"Sick to Well" Thermometer
Spring Loaded Syringe,
a Bracelet-Style Bandage
Everything easily fits inside the soft bag.
Yes, indeed the stethoscope really does work and I believe gives a sense of wonder to children about the human body. To actually hear a heart beat, I believe, makes a real connection to the inner workings of the body.
The blood pressure cuff is for small arms but is used nicely with the stethoscope though there is no real function to it.
The thermometer is over-sized and a basic addition to the kit.
The pretend Otoscope (no, I didn't know its function by name) is over-sized in that it cannot penetrate or hurt a "patient" when used to examine ears.
I do like the spring loaded syringe. The spring load adds a different dimension to the doctors tool, even if it isn't a real function of the real deal.
The bracelet style bandage looks like an over-sized band-aid in what one might call a general "flesh" color (cream colored) that of course adults realize isn't the same for all skins of the human race. That, to me, also offers a teaching moment with a young child noting the differences in peoples perhaps in skin color and features and yet we are also so much alike and these tools are for ALL people.
The small cloth bag, with a white cross on the front, that all fits into is perfect for the make believe visit and for simply keeping everything stored for the next time or turn of role playing.
Additional Thoughts from pops
In addition to the "teaching moment" just explained I believe this set is wonderful for role playing to better understand the position and importance of doctors and nurses. Boys and girls can be encouraged to role play either position. This Fisher Price Medical Kit can also be an introduction or preparation for a child's own visit to a doctor having less "stressful anticipation" or confusion as to what the doctor may be doing and using during the child's own visit to him/her and why.
My wife and I have gifted medical sets for children for the past thirty years having five children and now ten grandchildren. Though the sets have changed slightly in these past decades, (I believe I recall at one time having a bottle for "medicine,") the idea of role playing and "examining" the workings of the human body, even at the make believe level is an important part of growing up.
Of course precautions should always be taken with unsupervised older children and closed or locked doors playing "doctor."
I recommend the Fisher Price Medical Kit.