You have to wait 45 minutes to see a doctor and you forgot your child’s colouring book, plus you know that’s it’s not healthy for him to be glued to the tablet or smartphone. But you don’t want him fretting and getting scared about seeing the doctor, either. How are you going to while away the time? Here’s how to have fun in mundane situations.
PUPPET PLAY Ask for a couple of latex gloves. Let Junior draw the wackiest face and hairstyle on one of them. Blow it up then pretend to watch in horror as you “accidentally” deflate it. Then draw another wacky face, blow both gloves up and you have two cheeky glove puppets who’ll battle, dance, and ask Junior out-of-this-world questions.
FASTEST FINGER FIRST Who can write down the most number of words created from Dr Edwin Twee (or whoever your doctor is)? Or pick a page in a magazine and see who picks the most words starting with “st”.
COUNT DOWN Who can round up the total number of flowers or bears on the walls first? After that, take turns to make up a story about them.
SAY AHH! Ask the nurse for a spare ice-cream stick. The challenge: Make as many sounds as you can with the stick in your mouth. You’ll realise a “th” or “p” sound is more difficult than you think.
SEE…SAW It’s all about observation and memory skills. On a piece of paper, each of you writes down what you think you last saw in the doctor’s office – how many photographs, types of charts, and so on. The one who isn’t seeing the doctor tallies the scores in the doc’s room later, and you have to try to outdo each other every time.