The newly renovated ThedaCare Physicians Doll Hospital at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum (BFKCM) will be ready for little doctors and nurses on Wednesday, February 24. The exhibit is designed like an exam room at a pediatrician’s office and includes scales, stethoscopes and scrubs for kids to use as they give dolls check-ups.
As kids pretend to be medical staff they will learn healthy habits like the importance of washing hands, eating nutritious meals and staying active.
“Pretend play encourages problem solving, and if children are playing with others, it builds social and emotional skills,” said Dr. Kenneth Branstetter, pediatrician with ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Neenah. “Their language grows because a doctor or nurse speaks differently than a teacher or storekeeper. Kids can be anything they want just by pretending.”
“Play is important for kids’ cognitive development,” said Michael Wartgow, Chief Operating Officer at the BFKCM. “Our exhibits are created to have educational components, as well as encourage kids to use their imaginations. When kids enter the world of medical professionals in the ThedaCare Physicians Doll Hospital, they are also learning about different aspects of math and science.”
The renovation of the Doll Hospital was generously sponsored by ThedaCare, whose mission is to improve the health of the communities they serve.
The BFKCM has been empowering children, engaging parents and energizing the community since 1992. For more information about the BFKCM, including its programs and events, visit www.buildingforkids.org.