Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up!
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up! is based on the excellent Disney Jr. television show Doc McStuffins. Just as in the show, kids learn to take care of their toys and themselves. There's no blood, actual illness, or injury. The "doctor's notes" include positive messages such as "Diagnosis: Love needed! Take two hugs and one kiss!"
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- using and applying technology
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
- preventing sickness
- body awareness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are empowered to be the doctor of toys, and they'll enjoy choosing what to examine with the device's camera.
Kids will use their imaginations as they play doctor, producing unrealistic illnesses. The app provides patients, or kids can take photos of their own toys to create patients.
Verbal and visual instructions teach preschoolers how to use the doctor's tools and how to navigate the app. Doctor's notes are saved, but earning them is unpredictable.
What's it about?
Kids become Doc McStuffins and examine, diagnose, and treat toys (or whichever people or objects they capture with the camera) with their virtual doctor kits. Kids choose from four games. In Check Up, they examine a toy (characters from the show) using a stethoscope, otoscope, tongue depressor, x-ray, magnifying glass, or blood pressure cuff to diagnose the problem, which involves a fun, made-up, medical-sounding term such as driedout-a-tosis or no-go-atosis. They then treat the ailment by, for example, putting in new batteries or offering a drink of water. Kids can review their diagnoses in the Big Book of Boo Boos. In Mixupitis, toys parts have been scrambled up and kids have to put the parts back on the right toys. Doctor's Kit and Picture Stickers let kids use their own toys (or loved ones) as patients using the device's camera to take pictures and then examine and treat their patients using the doctor's tools. Those patients will get Doctor's Notes prescribing their treatment plans, which often involve hugs and cuddles.
Is it any good?
Combining imaginative play, technology, learning about doctoring, and the ability to take pictures of yourself or of your own toys is a pretty genius way of entertaining a preschooler. Even kids not familiar with the Doc McStuffins character can have fun playing doctor. All the instructions are delivered verbally, so preschoolers can pick up the game and play on their own right away. Transitions between steps and games are pretty slow, which is frustrating and may cause kids to tap repeatedly, trying to get any response.
Families can talk about...
Be your kid's patient, while she's playing with this app or just pretending without technology.
Continue the wordplay of the made-up illnesses and let your kid experiment with language, making up your own medical-like words; sticky-tosis requires a hand-washing, for example, or hunger-itisnecessitates a snack.