The 10 Best Doctor Kits For Kids
This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in September of 2020. There are many reasons to encourage your child to play doctor. This type of make-believe can help little ones develop compassion and empathy, may make them more comfortable when they have to visit the doctor or dentist, and can inspire them to take an interest in STEM. We've gathered a number of kits that allow kids to diagnose and treat a variety of imaginary ailments. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 26, 2020:
For the most part, doctor kits are timeless toys, so many of the selections on this list didn't require any updating. However, we did remove the Plan Doctor Set, which featured only a few items and wasn't as good of a value as the others on the list. We added the Melissa & Doug Pet Vet for a bit of variety. While many kids enjoy playing doctor with friends or human dolls serving as the patients, young animal lovers will appreciate the opportunity to pretend to be a veterinarian for the included stuffed cat and dog. The set comes with standard equipment like a stethoscope and thermometer as well as animal-specific items like a cone to prevent licking.
September 16, 2020:
To find the items on this list, we analyzed doctor's kits made specifically for children. While there was a lot of variety in quality, we decided to look at items that had a lot of toys, had high-quality toys, provided more educational experiences, or included clothing to further encourage the imagination.
Both the Melissa & Doug Get Well Set and the Fisher-Price Patient Set include features that make them slightly more educational, the former including a surprisingly realistic anatomic model of the thoracic and abdominal cavities on a wearable bib (in case you want to explain in more detail why they have a tummy ache), the later including a guide on healthy eating geared towards toddlers and young children. Of note, the Melissa & Doug Get Well Set also gets extra points for including a visual chart to help you prepare for that very real part of the Well Child Check with your child.
While almost every option includes a carrying case of some sort, the Innocheer Pretend Case offers an actual backpack that can open up to simulate a medical office with a sink and a vitals monitor. The Nonzers STEM Gift also offers more than just a bag with its rolling pushcart.
Finally, while each option includes a stethoscope, arguably the most important part of a doctor's aesthetic, quality varies widely. While not as great as a medical professional's, the Mcfance Pretend Imagination offers a functional stethoscope so your kid can listen to their own heartbeat or yours. Other options include stethoscopes that make pre-recorded heart sounds, such as the Kidzlane Medical Equipment, the Joyin Roleplay, and the Innocheer Pretend Case.