activity for children 4-7, Activity for kids, four to seven year olds, hopital des nounours, visiting the hospital with kids
The Teddy Bear Hospital is hosted by the HUG (Geneva’s University Hospital) and medical students. Children come with their their favorite stuffed animal or toy to be seen by a doctor or dentist. They are treated like little adults with important responsibilities regarding the health and well-being of their toy.
My daughter has volunteered several times. This is what you can expect:
- The doctor and child fill out a medical form of the patient: name, age, type (tiger vs. spider man) and medical condition (he fell out the window!).
- Along with the doctor, various tests with be run like checking the heart beat, temperature, taking an x-ray and sometimes there is a pretend MRI machine.
- Depending on what’s wrong, the doctor and child will put on a cast, wrap up wounds or go to “surgery” where the children dress up in scrubs and a hairnet.
- Lastly, the toy is placed in bed where he is hooked up to an IV or ECG to sleep for a while. In the meantime, the kids can go to the rehabilitation corner where they can play with equipment like crutches.
The dates of the Hopital des Nounours are
- Wednesday, May 9, 14:00-17:00
- Thursday, May 10, 9:00-17:00
- Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13, 9:00-17:00
at the Palladium, Rue de Stand 3BIS. Participation is free and no reservations are needed.
I would love to hear your experience if you go!
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/
I would like to go there to do a photography Project. Do you think it is possible?
Carolina Negel Photography
In Switzerland the privacy laws regarding photographs and privacy are extremely strict; especially with minors. You definitely couldn’t show up and start taking photos. However, you could try contacting the organizers (via their webpage) and perhaps come to some sort of an arrangement. As you can see they did make a promotional video.
Penny Tirado said:
Have always thought this was a brilliant idea! It is a way of taking the fear out of hospitals and doctors for little ones. Wish these ideas were around when I was a child.
I totally agree with you. It’s might also be a very young career fair!
I wish it had been around when my kids were little. My son was always breaking bones or getting stitches while playing soccer, on his little scooter, falling off things and playing tag. He and his sister were always putting casts on their stuffed animals. They would have LOVED dressing up and applying the real stuff.
Penny Forrest said:
I saw something on the bus about this and was so curious to know more… then I saw your timely blog! Thank you…
That’s what reminded me to update this blog!