Children are often frightened of the unfamiliar, with lab coats, stethoscopes and strange surroundings all contributing.
At Teddy Bear Hospital Birmingham
we aim to help the children in a number of ways. These include:
-Teaching the children about various topics, including dental hygiene, healthy eating, road safety and sensory awareness.
-Teddy Clinics. These allow the children to act as parents by bringing their sick teddy bears to the teddy doctors for a 'pawscription'.
I was stationed at the Dental Hygiene with Stephanie=)
basically we hand out toothbrush to kids (" what is this? what do u use it for? how many times should you brush your teeth a day? should u swallow your toothpaste?), and demonstrate the correct way of brushing their teeth. (" err kid, u might want to be gentler on the giant teeth model? *ignores this 啰唆 大姐姐and proceed on creating a hold in the teeth model*)
and there's a page where kids get to colour in the sun and moon after brushing their teeth accordingly. ( what colour do you want for your sun? ooh, green? that's, err, .....cool colour for a sun!) and at the end of the 10 minutes session they receive a stamp on their 'teddy passport'
our last "student" of the day, a very cute kid
us : how many times should you brush your times a day?
kid : zillions and zillions of time!!
some kids just amazed you by the amount of knowledge they have for their age, i dont recall knowing calcium is good for teeth at kindergarden @-@
cant wait till i get my own stethoscope, coz then i'll get to be one of the Teddy Doctors- kids will bring their favourite stuff toy to the station, and teddy doctors will simulate a consultation session, a typical session goes like this :
doc : hello there, what is wrong with teddy?
kid : teddy has a tummy ache
doc : and why is that so?
kid : coz teddy ate all the ice cream from the ice cream van
doc : ( *sweat* * listens to teddy's heartbeat and let kid listen too, taps on stethoscope to mimic heartbeat)here's the prescription, you must give teddy lots of hugs and kisses ok?
most of the volunteers are girls ( alright u macho boys! i know it's a very girl-y thing! but u fools, this is such a great oppoturnity to woo girls for being kind hearted)
healthy eating station, my friend ei mong=)
sensory awareness station