dd is still really into imaginative play - plays with dolls and soft toys for hours. I always respond on threads asking if it's ok to buy a 9/10 year old girl a pram or dolls with "of course - they're meant to play with toys at this age" etc....but now she's asking for a kids doctor and vet set for Christmas. These are meant for 3 years old..we had them years ago but I chucked them as thought she had outgrown them. What do you think? I remember playing vets with my soft toys at that age - but should I get her these toys now or try and steer her to something more appropriate for her age (not that I can think of anything). Help!
I bet you could cobble together a more realistic vets set. You can get better toy stethoscopes for example and you could get real syringes. You could get some real x-ray photos. You could get books about animals for reference.
I made our toy kitchen into a vets after we saw a one at the zoo. It has a magnifying glass, measuring tape, clip-board, glass jars with different coloured beads in for pills, and a drawing thing that lights up for x-rays.
Thanks for the postive posts. Like the idea of the real stuff - might try and steer her towards that (or get her brother to do it - he's really good at finding things for her to give ideas. WHat she really wants is a dog - a real one. And that's not happening yet).
THought I'd just update - in the end I bought a largish plastic tub and stuck on a green cross sticker. Filled it with a stethoscope, thermometer, ear thingy, bandages, plasters. alcohol swabs, tongue deperssors etc together with a clipboard and pad and cheap older kids dress up doctor costume. It went down a storm - dd says it was her best Christmas present.