* Prices may differ from that shown
There are quite a few doctor cases around, including branded ones like Peppa Pig, but this was the cheapest one I could find and I thought I'd stay away from themed ones as the kids have enough of those type of toys. I wanted this just to be about doctors, and it just has the medical red cross on the front.
This set has a hard plastic carry case and 11 items inside - a stethoscope, blood pressure check, eye drop bottle, pill bottle, ear, eye and throat instruments, thermometer etc. and a name badge with a space to write your child's name.
My 3 year old loves this set and will often role play with it, exclaiming she's the doctor and trying to listen to my heartbeat and take my blood pressure. We've found it useful for trips to the doctor's surgery too, as I've been able to prepare her, by pretending to check her ears with it and telling her that's what the real doctor will do. We make a game out of it and I tickle her, and make it seem fun to get a check up. She's even asked to take the whole set with us when we've then gone to the doctors, which keeps her entertained in the waiting room, so an added bonus. Adults in the waiting room have seen her case and smiled at her, so I think it's made her feel grown up too.
I would definitely recommend this set for young children and have bought for several friends children too.
I think quite a lot of small children like pretending to be a doctor or nurse. They pick up on things when they visit the doctor's surgery with parents, come home and want to get involved in role play. My granddaughter from a very young age was always interested in medicines and creams and used to nurse her doll back to health. When she was 2 years old my son bought the above medical carrying case; a hard wearing plastic case filled with eleven medical items which fit tightly and neatly into a separate internal plastic casing.
My granddaughter liked the case because it was red and colourul, at first she found the clasp difficult to open. Once opened she soon removed the inside packaging which was a mistake because all the small items moved around and consequently over a period of time have ended up in another part of the room or toy box.
Out of the eleven medical items which are made from plastic, have soft edges and moveable parts, I think she preferred to play with the blood pressure monitor, stethoscope, pill container, eye drop bottle and thermometer. She used the pill container and eye drop bottle when playing with her dolls. The eye drop bottle became a pretend baby's milk bottle and the pill container was a pretend jar of baby food. She had seen her Mum use the thermometer so she knew what to do with this and the stethoscope was just something she liked to wear around her neck. I would say that this toy kept her amused for six months or more and whenever I went around to their flat it was on the sofa or on the floor so she did play with it for quite a length of time. She also used it to sit on and when she wanted to reach things off the desk she would use it as a step so the case is very durable.
Once she reached the age of three, the case was placed on the bottom shelf with other toys that she didn't use so much. Recently, the medical case has been played with a lot more as my grandson who is 18 months old likes to play with it. He can't open the case so has to ask Grandma or Mum but once opened his main mission is to take everything out of the case and to throw the items on the floor. I have noticed that the blood pressure monitor has gone missing and a couple of other items have intermingled with Lego and jigsaw pieces. He does like to put the stethoscope around his neck but then gets flustered because he can't get it off. This is probably one of the reasons the manufacturer states that the case is suitable for children aged 3 - 4 years, he doesn't have the dexterity to take the stethoscope from around his neck and has to be supervised while he plays with it. Also, I think the tongue depressor is a bit dodgy for small children as they can place it too far at the back of their mouths,causing coughing and spluttering. I think the age recommendation may be a little off as I can't see a 4 year old child finding this toy challenging. I would say it would be better if the toy recommendation is for children aged two and a half to three and a half years.
My son purchased the toy from Amazon. I am not sure how much he paid for it but I see it is selling for £8.50. I think this price could be lower as the items are only small and made from plastic and I'm not sure how long a child would continue to play with it. From my experience, observing my grandchildren, I would say no more than 6 months. It is a toy that is good for role-play, some of the the parts are chunky and easy for children to handle, others like the blood pressure monitor and stethoscope are more tricky and will need assistance from parents. I think it is a good idea to keep an eye on children who are younger than three when playing with this.
I see it is ranking No 13 in toys and games and No 1 in Doctor Playsets. Looking at other sets on the market I can see why this is top ranking, it is extremely durable, items like the thermometer work like a real one, you can see it rise and fall. The syringe plunges up and down and the pump on the blood pressure monitor works too, so all very realistic. A name badge came with the set but neither of my grandchidren were bothered about this so it vanished a long time ago. The set and items are very colourful, strong primary colours. Children always love these colours so this is a good selling point as well.
I am going to award the medical carrying case 4 stars and yes, I do recommend it.
My grandson has some "additional needs" as they call it these, and one of the things he needs help with is his social skills. A big part of developing these involves getting him to enjoy role playing games. I use a lot of my Amazon vouchers to buy the grandson toys and this was one of the things I bought him not long ago. It cost me about £5 from Amazon which was a bargain, and presently you can get it from Mail Order Express for £6.99, which is still a brilliant price. I would be happy if I'd paid £10 or even £12 for this.
The case is easy for small hands to open after the first few uses have eased the plastic catch, and it's really thin and light weight for them to carry around too. It's suitable for both boys and girls because the case and the contents are all in unisex primary colours.
The contents includes all the medical instruments you can see in the picture such as a stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cuff and tablet bottle. There's even a little name badge included so you can write your kid's name on it for a touch of realism!
Everything is functioning in this which I think is really great. The blood pressure cuff can be slipped onto a wrist and the squeezy balloon at the end makes the indicator on the blood pressure monitor jump up and down. You can open up the lid from the tablet bottle, and you can give pretend injections with the syringe too.
Little pretend doctors will love that they can wear the stethescope around their neck just like they see real doctors doing, and use the contents of their medical kit in a huge variety of ways to make all their teddy bears (and poor unsuspecting relatives) feel better.
The grandson hasn't had as much use out of this as kids who like role playing will get, but he likes it regardless. He needs lots of encouragement to actually use this toy but that's because of his extra needs and I wouldn't expect most children would need much prompting with a toy as varied and exciting as this is. I think this is an absolute bargain buy for the price. The contents is huge, the functions they offer will appeal to most youngsters and best of all, this stuff is much better quality than I expected it to be. It won't be one that'll get passed down the generations or anything but I'd certainly expect all of these bits to last for a good few years.
All the medical instruments every doctor needs for emergency house calls.