Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Miss Polly had a dolly

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick,
pretend to rock a baby in your arms.
so she called for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick,
pretend to use a phone.
the doctor came with his bag and his hat,
pretend to hold a bag, and touch your head for a hat.
and he knocked on the door with a rat-a-tat-tat.
Knock on the floor/ wall
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head,
Shake your head
and he said, Miss Polly put her straight to bed.
wag your finger... like your telling someone off.
he wrote on the paper for her pill, pill, pill,
pretend to write on your hand
I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill.
Wave goodbye.

Further activities.

After singing this nursery rhyme to your children, why don't you try one of these further learning activities.

Personal, social and emotional development.

Discuss how it feels when we hurt ourselves or feel poorly, who makes us feel better, and how they make us feel better.

Think of ideas of how we could make other people feel better if their poorly, or have hurt themselves.

Look at how we would care for a baby (doll)

Think about ways we can keep healthy and stay safe.

Physical development.

Pretend to be an ambulance, or a doctors car that's rushing to help someone.

Dress up as a doctor or nurse. Encourage your child to dress themselves as much as possible.

Bandage up a doll, teddy or friend.

Bath a doll.

Use plastic syringes in the water tray.

Communication and language.

Talk about when your child went to the doctors or the hospital. What happened? How did they feel?

Look at and name the different equipment that doctors and nurses use.

Print out some doctors forms to use on a clip board. Discuss what we would write on these forms.


Read books that talk about going to the doctors, here are a couple for you to try:
  • The Berenstain bears go to the doctor by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Don't you feel well Sam by Amy Hest
  • Doctor ted book by Andrea Beaty

Allow free writing and mark making. Write prescriptions or notes on a doctors clip board.

Practice writing 'doctor' 'nurse' 'dolly' and other words from the nursery rhyme in a variety of mediums; sand, paint, shaving foam....


Count bandages, plasters.

See if there are enough bandages for all the dolls, teddies.

Measure the bandages.

Paint bandages different colours, and use them for a matching game.

Understanding the world.

Make a cast - like they use at the hospital.

Make your own stethoscope

watch your pulse, put a mini marshmallow with a toothpick in it on your pulse. The top of the toothpick should twitch with each pulse.

Listen to the song on you tube.

Expressive arts and design.

Make your own mask and doctors play set.

Print out some doctor and nurse colouring pages for your children to decorate.

Draw a picture or design on a cast.

Make props for a doctors role play area.

Make paper dolls, make some clothes for them.

You can find these ideas and many more on my 'Miss Polly had a dolly' board on pinterest

Do you have any activities you would like to share. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. I look forward to chatting with you.

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