Everyone gets sick and even though we are now heading out of the worst of the dreaded cold and flu season – we’ve still got some people coming down with the sniffles. So, this week I’m focussing on being sick. But, I’m looking further than a running nose and a cough because kids have to go to all sorts of doctors – ophthalmologists, dentists, their GP, a specialist, or maybe an otorhinolaryngologists (that’s my big word for the day).
Let’s kick off the fun with the books.
Blow your nose, Big Bad Wolf! by Steve Smallman
In this book the three little pigs are sent out into the world to build their houses. Their mother makes sure they each have a box of tissues with them. Then, as with the traditional tale, they build three houses. The wolf comes along on his way to get some tissues with a bad cold but he spies the little pigs and in trying to ask for a tissue he accidentally blows their houses down. Until the house of bricks where the story ends just a little differently than we are used to.
Stories have always been used as a way to teach and there are a large range of books out there specifically written to assist in teaching important themes – in this case – how not to spread germs.
Both of these books deal with things that children are probably very familiar with – the dentist and the eye doctor, and sometimes it can be a little scary to go to these places so having familiar, beloved characters go first removes some of the unknown and therefore makes it a little less daunting.
And my last book is just plain cute – Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex
Chu is a panda bear. Bad things happen when he sneezes. Through a couple of near misses the mystery is heightened and we really want to know what happens when Chu sneezes. And then we find out.
I’m not going to tell you anything but this book is a real picture book – there simply aren’t a lot of words in the book but the story is told magnificently through the illustrations. I really like this book.
The obvious rhyme for this theme is Miss Polly Had A Dolly.
Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
So she phoned for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat,
And knocked at the door with a rat-a-tat-tat.
He looked at the dolly and shook his head,
And said “Miss Polly, put her straight to bed.”
He wrote a paper for a pill, pill, pill.
I’ll be back in the morning with the bill, bill, bill.
And I also did the old favourite Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and we talked about the doctors for each part of the body: Head (neurologist), shoulders and knees (chiropractor/physiotherapist/orthopedics), toes (podiatrist), eyes (optometrist), ears, mouth, and nose (otorhinolaryngologist – see I wouldn’t leave you without explaining that this is an ears, nose, and throat doctor).
I loved doing this craft – an X-ray. We had a look at pictures of a few different x-rays at the Storytime session and that was quite a fascinating discussion.
For this craft you need:
– something to take the place of bones (e.g. pop sticks, pipe cleaners, cotton buds, etc.)
To do it:
– Trace around your hand and wrist
– Glue the bones in – each finger has a set of three bones and I drew on them to show the joints.
You can get as in-depth or as simple as you would like with this craft.
I had a lot of fun doing this theme. I know a lot of people don’t like to think about getting sick but it’s a good thing to read and talk about so that you can minimise just how sick you get and how often you’re unwell – especially for little
germ factories children.
If you have a favourite book, rhyme, or craft about doctors then we’d love to hear about it.
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