Grape medicine cups 

Taking medicine isn’t always easy – especially when it needs to be taken every day for an extended period of time. Non-compliance with taking medicine can also cause a great deal of stress for parents, especially when it’s the one thing keeping the patient from being discharged. One of my patients was having a hardContinue reading “Grape medicine cups “

Fall Themed Craft Kits

I’m all about waiting room craft kits! Especially seasonal ones! I mean, c’mon, look how cute these little “Fall Friends” are!! These craft kits are very easy to make and I am truly blessed to have such great volunteers that help me make dozens of them (thanks sofi & stephanie). All you need is: FoamContinue reading “Fall Themed Craft Kits”

Budget friendly beading

For a while my beaded bracelet kits have been a huge hit in the ER, however at $9 for a dozen, it can get pretty pricey. Luckily, I decided to make my own beading kits! All I needed was a roll of string, beads, and plastic baggies (which I had from the hospital). They’re asContinue reading “Budget friendly beading”

Easy peasy waiting room activity

I just recently had a volunteer assigned to my department which I am very excited about! By having a volunteer, I can now engage patients with fun activities that can help normalize the environment & beat the boredom while they wait. One activity that I put together is a simple “greeting cards” craft. Materials: –Continue reading “Easy peasy waiting room activity”

Don’t forget the teens

During my practicum I always struggled when interacting with teens. Being that I was 21 years old when I was doing my practicum, it seemed awkward for me to provide child life services to someone who was so close in age. During my internship I went out of my comfort zone and really made anContinue reading “Don’t forget the teens”

Syringe painting

One of my favorite activities to do with my patients is syringe painting. I haven’t had much of a chance to do it in a while and last week I finally got the opportunity! I was supporting a very spunky & brave 7-year-old during her IV start which took a long time because her veinsContinue reading “Syringe painting”

Theme week – Day 5, World Fair!

For our grand finale of our theme week we decided to have a World Fair! We had stickers, passports, globe stress balls, and globe headbands to hand out to the kiddos that came by (all purchases from oriental trading.) As for crafts, kids could either travel to Brazil to make carnival headdresses or to Venice,Continue reading “Theme week – Day 5, World Fair!”

Therapeutic activity of the week

This week I had a patient that was starting to feel sad about spending so much time in the hospital. I decided to make this thankful turkey with her so that when she starts to feel down, she can have a (festive) reminder of all the good things in her life. The activity was aContinue reading “Therapeutic activity of the week”