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Our Get Well Activity Center Honored With Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award

2019-10-22 by Melissa & Doug
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Paging Dr. Ward. Dr. A. Ward . . . Balloons and cake needed here, STAT! We’re having an emergency celebration for the fact that the Melissa & Doug Get Well Activity Center earned the 2019 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award!

The product was also featured on GMA recently in a gift segment. Check it out here.

31800 GetWell Doctor Activity Center

Here’s what Good Housekeeping says about their coveted awards:

“Over the past year, experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute screened hundreds of new toys and reviewed data to ensure that they met industry safety standards. Then we went to work testing them in our Labs. We brought in 100+ children ages 2 to 10 to spend hours playing with the toys that passed GH’s Lab tests so we could hear (and see) which ones were the most fun. The result: a holiday shopping list of expert- and kid-tested toys bound to provide hours of pleasure for children of all ages.”

5 Playful Points About The Award-Winning Get Well Activity Center

  1. It Inspires Interactive Role Play
    This sturdy, multi-sided wooden play space has everything kids need to role play visits to the doctor’s office! Kids can be the patient or the doctor, the receptionist, or the nurse. It’s a great way to ease kids’ fears about doctor visits and to encourage nurturing and empathetic play.
  2. It Features A Realistic Office
    Young doctors and nurses can wash up in the sink, display X-rays, monitor blood pressure with the adjustable cuff, tip the scale with its movable weight, measure height with the adjustable height bar, and read the eye chart.
  3. It Has A Waiting Area for Patients
    The waiting area includes a seat, clock and fun changeable artwork. Pretend patients can sign in and check out with a credit card reader, and fill out a reusable patient file. The receptionist can take appointments with the wooden play phone.
  4. It Assembles Easily
    Follow the step-by-step, illustrated instructions designed for both visual and verbal learners. We test all our instructions in-house to ensure clarity and accuracy!
  5. It Plays Well With Our Doctor-Themed Accessories
    Round out the pretend play experience with some other Melissa & Doug items, including the Doctor Role Play Costume Set, and these two doctor and first-aid themed play sets:


    Get Well Doctor’s Kit Play Set
    Coming soon!
    This 25-piece set includes play tools like a syringe, play scissors, and reflex hammer, as well as play bottles, and bandages for examining and treating patients. Reusable activity cards and fun details like an ID badge on a lanyard and a magazine for patients in the waiting room round out the doctor’s office experience.


    First Aid Kit Play Set
    Coming soon!
    Be prepared to respond to pretend play emergencies! With this 25-piece set, kids can pretend to set breaks and sprains, clean wounds, bandage boo-boos, and soothe ailments. A reusable activity card lets kids keep track of their diagnoses and treatments. All the pieces store in the snap-shut first aid box for easy cleanup.

Pretending to tend to patients is a fun and engaging way to ease any feelings of stress associated with a visit to the doctor and to encourage nurturing and empathetic play.


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