Favourite Toys : Just what the Doctor Ordered!


This classic doctor’s bag  has been, I am guessing, our most enduring, regularly used toy. Of course it helps that it is made of wood and not plastic and has withstood the test of time, over-zealous budding anesthetists included (that would be my son I am referring to!) My daughter was gifted her kit when she turned 3 and the role-playing is showing no signs of decline — it is just a little more sophisticated these days! She is now 9.  Over time we have added other items like cotton wool and bandaids, a pad and pencil for prescriptions and a real but broken mobile phone/pager…

Unfortunately this lovely version from FAO Schwarz  is presently out of stock (hopefully they will re-stock soon) but this gorgeous kit from Haba is just perfect. And this fabulous version for the older child from the brilliant Seedling range is nothing short of impressive with its multitude of realistic equipment — it comes with a real working stethoscope, an observation journal, medical checklist, surgical hat, disposable tongue depressors and a carabineer pen! Now, how cool is that ?!

- Sara

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1. Modern Homestead | November 19, 2010 | Reply

My kids got this last year and as beautiful as it is, it did not hold together at all. I just tossed the box because I was tired of gluing it. They didn’t even play with it a ton. Now all the components are scattered throughout several toy boxed. :( I’m guessing the Haba one is more well made anyway.

2. Sara in Melbourne | November 19, 2010

Hello! That’s a shame…Gosh, I hate it when that happens! Ours luckily has withstood the test of time. However it it just occured to me that we bought ours many years ago – if you bag is a newer model perhaps they are using different gluing materials????? Just a thought! As for the Haba model – yes, it looks very well made though we haven’t road tested!

3. florence | November 19, 2010 | Reply

Dear Sara, i like very much this doctor bag made in wood but i can’t find it as on your picture and what i can see is not as nice as this one, i am leaving in Paris in France. Can i find this one on the picture on a website ?

4. Sara in Melbourne | November 19, 2010 | Reply

Florence we bought this particular Doctors Bag many years ago. I have also looked around for it – I would like to gift my friends 3 yo for her birthday. No luck though, I have been told they are out of stock everywhere! The Haba kit is really gorgeous too – (wooden tools and a tin case) so I am about to order this instead. Perhaps keep checking the FAO Schwarz website???

5. Esther in Amsterdam | November 22, 2010 | Reply

Our kids also love their doctor’s case — and I remember the Fisher Price one my friends had as a kid — we loved that one!

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