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My daughter’s pediatrician’s office is a cheerful place. It has bright colors, easy-to-clean seats, and toys. It is, by nature of being a pediatrician’s office, full of all sorts of nasty germs. But it has toys, so the trips are not dreaded.
My daughter loves the toys and wants to play with them.
I look on them as pieces of plague-ridden plastic.
A recent trip to the doctor for a stye (more because I didn’t want to have the school nurse call and tell me my daughter had pinkeye) brought this into focus. I had to keep my daughter reasonably germ-free or risk coming back in a few days to be treated for what the snot-dripping hacking toddler had (bronchitis? pneumonia?)…who was touching everything in sight after wiping his nose with his hand.
When my daughter starts getting restless in a waiting room, I just have to utter two magical words: I Spy…and the boredom vanishes.
For those not familiar with it, I Spy is a game where someone finds something and gives a verbal clue, and the other person has to find it. For example: I spy a yellow flower. Or I spy three letter Ps.
We can easily occupy ourselves both in the main waiting room and exam rooms using this method. At first it was simple things, but as she has gotten older, items have been more difficult to find.
Do you have any tips for keeping kids occupied in waiting rooms?
Photo by Marcus Vegas