Many experts in the field recommend a toy doctor's kit for a variety of reasons, and Kids Lab Coats complete the kit. There are many psychological and cognitive benefits to playing doctor. When children playing doctor mimic their own doctor, they are learning about empathy and compassion as they care for their "patients." Their imaginary scenarios allow them to be the ones in charge, boosting confidence and self- esteem. When they mimic and explore the words they have heard in the medical world, they are expanding their vocabulary and language development. Playing doctor also calls for problem solving, and when playing with peers, collaborative efforts- play requirements that boost brain power.
Playing doctor can also reduce the stress of what can be a frightening and unfamiliar situation. It is an excellent way to prepare a child for an upcoming medical procedure. They can explore the things that they have seen and try on the doctor's role, allowing them to develop an understanding of a perspective other than their own. For the well prepared child, much of the medical paraphernalia, from the stethoscope to the long white coats the doctors wear, can actually bring the comfort of familiarity instead of the added anxiety of facing an entirely foreign world.
Last, the inestimable importance of simply having fun should never be forgotten. In an era where many young people are dealing with stress and anxiety, it is crucial to allow children to simply play and have fun. Kids Lab Coats add that special something to a form of role playing that has existed since people have had health needs, perhaps since the beginnings of man.