You can easily make a doctor's bag as a craft for your child or students in about 10 minutes. The instructions below are appropriate for children ages 3 and up. Gather two pieces of black construction paper and one piece of red construction paper, a stapler, scissors and items of your choice to insert in your child's new doctor's bag, such as bandages, cotton balls, toy syringes, a stethoscope and empty vitamin jars to hold sugar pills.
Make the Bag
Fold the black construction paper in half, using either 9-by-12-inch paper for a smaller bag or 12-by-18-Inch paper for a larger bag. Staple the sides. Cut a Red Cross symbol out of the red construction paper and glue the symbol on the bag. Make two equally-sized handles out of black construction paper, line the handles up -- one at the top of each side of the bag -- then staple each handle to its side of the bag.
Fill the Bag
With a little thought, you can fill the bag with items that will increase your child's interest and turn the bag into a useful learning tool that she can use and enjoy long after you've inserted the last staple. Put the obvious items into the bag -- cotton balls, bandages, a toy stethoscope and vitamin jars to hold sugar pills.
Other items for the bag might include gauze, antiseptic (depending on your child's age), alcohol wipes, cotton swabs and items you might find in a first aid kit, such as adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, scissors, nonlatex gloves, absorbent compress dressing, a tongue depressor and even an oral thermometer.
Of course, as with the antiseptic, ensure that the child or children using the bag are old enough and responsible enough to handle these items.
Using the Bag
In addition to using the bag for trick-or-treating or generally playing hospital, turn up the learning fun with a little imagination. ChildFun suggests creating an "examination room" by rolling out a soft mat -- a sleeping bag covered with a sheet -- or a camping cot to lie on.
Use a doll as the "patient" for the child to "examine." Select a doll made of plastic or rubber so that your child can use antiseptic wipes and apply bandages to the patient.
If the child is old enough, show her things such as the proper way to don gloves and explain why it's important to prevent germs when "treating" patients. The possibilities for fun learning about first aid, medicine, proper hygiene, and the dangers of germs are endless. So, grab the stapler and construction paper and help your child get started studying medicine.