If you have a budding physician on your hands, she probably already has a doctor's coat and pretend doctor kit in her playing repertoire. Her ensemble isn't complete, however, without an official looking doctor's badge. Making such a badge is a simple process, and the finished product will provide the finishing touch to your child's doctor costume.
Draw a rectangle on a piece of blank white paper. Use the plastic badge holder as a guide for the appropriate size. Cut the rectangle out.
Glue your child's picture to the badge. Write his name underneath the photo using a black marker. Make the badge even more official by adding M.D., which stands for medical doctor, next to his name.
Write additional details -- the name of a hospital and the date the badge was issued -- on the badge using colored markers. Add an authentic looking bar code on the badge using a thin black marker.
Slip the doctor badge into the plastic badge holder and clip it to your child's doctor coat.
Let your child help you write identifying details on his badge, which will build letter recognition. It also helps him learn to recognize is last name, according to Kelly Gunzenhauser and Melissa Fisch, authors of "Preschool Theme Boxes."
Adding "Dr." before your child's name is a good way to teach him what the abbreviation for doctor looks like, Gunzenhauser and Fisch note.