Make Your Own Port-Access Doll

I am so excited to share with you the first video-blog for A Little Playfullness!!! This is my first time doing a video-blog post, so bear with me as I learn. In this post I’m showing a hospital buddy doll that I made into a port-access doll. I hope you enjoy this video and let […]

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No! It’s Freedom Flyer!!! Da da da DUN!!! I recently did a group therapeutic activity that I wanted to share with you all! It came about after the Baymax medical gaze creation. My coworker and I are continuing to work on creative ways to integrate medical play into various activities. Since we both like superheros, […]

More Than Just Playing Doctor

Yesterday I was honored to present the topic of medical play with a coworker of mine to a group of play therapists. When I was first asked to present, I was so excited. I love presenting, especially on topics that I’m passionate about, like play. And while I have presented many times in school to […]

Monthly Book Club: Time For Your Checkup!

This month I got the pleasure to read a book written by a fellow child life specialist regarding going to the doctor. “It’s Time For Your Checkup: What To Expect When Going To A Doctor’s Visit” is a book written by Shani Thornton, MS, CCLS. The book focuses on explaining how a well child visit […]

Plot Pictures

This week I’ve got a new drama therapeutic activity for everyone, Yay! I really like this activity because it’s one of those theater games that even the kids that say they aren’t actors can participate with enthusiasm. It can also be tailored to the needs and abilities of the participants, which is great for those […]

My Hospital Scavenger Hunt

Last week I read a really great blog post by Child Life Mommy about how she took her children on a scavenger hunt. In the post she mentions how scavenger hunts are great to do indoors, even in a hospital. You can read the awesome article in full on her blog here. I totally agree […]

The Sillyness of Silly Putty

Today I want to talk about an activity that has been requested so many times that I felt like it deserved it’s own post. It is one of those little gems of an activity that not only is it fun to make, but the finished product also works great to decrease stress and anxiety. I […]

Do-A-Dot Art With Toothettes

The other day I was doing a medical collage activity when I found a new use for toothettes: They make a great stand in for the Do-A-Dot paint bottles! Yep, not only do they make pretty flower prints on a page, they can also make other fun print designs. Here’s my example. You’ll probably notice […]

Surprise Trick Ring!

Today I’ll be sharing with you a fun activity that also doubles as a prank for the mischievous individuals. I came up with this craft while looking for activities that could be done on April Fool’s Day. I saw a do-it-yourself prank ring on Pinterest and decided to alter it for a hospital playroom. You […]

Skeleton Exploration Project

This week we’re heading back into the land of art projects to explore our bodies, or more specifically how our bones create our skeletons. You may already be familiar with this project, but I wanted to highlight it because it’s a great way to start the conversation about bones and x-rays. In addition, we’ll be […]