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Playtime at the hospital for school-age childrenPPlaytime at the hospital for school-age childrenPlaytime at the hospital for school-age childrenEnglishNASchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-03-04T05:00:00ZKimberly O'Leary, MEd;Amanda English, BA, CCLS;Jane Darch, BA/BEd, CCLS;Jennifer Butterly, BA, MA6.0000000000000076.0000000000000447.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>This page is about play for school-age children staying in the hospital.</p><h2>Play is about much more than fun</h2><p>For a child, play is more than fun. Play is how children learn. While playing, children learn how to interact and be social with others. They also learn about the world in general.</p><p>Being at the hospital is disruptive to a child's life. Play is one way to reconnect a child to their home life. The more a child can play, the happier the child will be. Happiness promotes recovery.</p> ​<h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Play is how children learn to interact and be social with others, and learn about the world around them.</li> <li>It is important for a child to play while they are in the hospital; it can help them reconnect with their home life, distract them from pain and worry, and it can help them get used to new people and things they will see at the hospital.</li> </ul><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>Child life staff can be reached at 416-813-6216.</p>
Jeux à l’hôpital pour les enfants d’âge scolaireJJeux à l’hôpital pour les enfants d’âge scolairePlaytime at the hospital for school-age childrenFrenchNASchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-03-04T05:00:00ZKimberly O'Leary, MEd;Amanda English, BA, CCLS;Jane Darch, BA/BEd, CCLS;Jennifer Butterly, BA, MA6.0000000000000076.0000000000000447.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Cette page discute du jeu pour les enfants d’âge scolaire qui séjournent à l’hôpital.</p><h2>Le jeu est beaucoup plus qu’un simple amusement</h2><p>Pour un enfant, le jeu est beaucoup plus qu’un simple amusement. C’est la façon dont les enfants apprennent. Pendant qu’ils jouent, les enfants apprennent à interagir et à socialiser avec les autres. Ils découvrent également le monde.</p><p>Se retrouver à l’hôpital peut déranger la vie d’un enfant. Le jeu est alors une façon de le rattacher à sa vie quotidienne. Plus un enfant joue, plus il sera heureux. Et cela contribue à sa guérison.</p> <br><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>Le jeu est la façon dont les enfants apprennent à interagir et à socialiser avec les autres, et à découvrir le monde qui les entoure.</li><li>Il est important qu’un enfant joue lorsqu’il est à l’hôpital. Le jeu lui permet de se rattacher à sa vie à la maison, de se distraire de la douleur et de l’anxiété, et de s’habituer à de nouvelles personnes et à de nouvelles expériences à l’hôpital.</li></ul><h2>À l’hôpital SickKids :</h2> <p>Le personnel spécialisé dans la vie des enfants peut être joint au 416-813-6216.</p>

 

 

Playtime at the hospital for school-age children1163.00000000000Playtime at the hospital for school-age childrenPlaytime at the hospital for school-age childrenPEnglishNASchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2010-03-04T05:00:00ZKimberly O'Leary, MEd;Amanda English, BA, CCLS;Jane Darch, BA/BEd, CCLS;Jennifer Butterly, BA, MA6.0000000000000076.0000000000000447.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>This page is about play for school-age children staying in the hospital.</p><h2>Play is about much more than fun</h2><p>For a child, play is more than fun. Play is how children learn. While playing, children learn how to interact and be social with others. They also learn about the world in general.</p><p>Being at the hospital is disruptive to a child's life. Play is one way to reconnect a child to their home life. The more a child can play, the happier the child will be. Happiness promotes recovery.</p> ​<h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Play is how children learn to interact and be social with others, and learn about the world around them.</li> <li>It is important for a child to play while they are in the hospital; it can help them reconnect with their home life, distract them from pain and worry, and it can help them get used to new people and things they will see at the hospital.</li> </ul><h2>Play has other benefits</h2> <p>Play can distract a child from pain and worry. Play can also help a child get used to the new people and things they will see at the hospital. </p> <p>Many hospitals have child life specialists who run play programs and play with kids. Ask your child's nurse about this. Using play, a child life specialist can help a child understand more about the hospital and their condition. </p> <p>As a child becomes more comfortable being at the hospital, they will become more cooperative and less anxious.</p> <p>Play is also important because it can help a child regain confidence and build self-esteem.</p> <h2>Suggested toys for children aged 6 to 8 years</h2> <p>Younger school-age children may enjoy the following toys and games:</p> <ul> <li>books </li> <li>puzzles: 20 to 75 pieces </li> <li>dolls and doll houses </li> <li>construction toys, cars and trucks </li> <li>Lego </li> <li>pencil and paper games such as Tic-Tac-Toe </li> <li>board and card games </li> <li>electronic games (ask your child's nurse about this) </li> <li>space toys </li> <li>arts and crafts such as paper, paints, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, clay and Play-doh</li> <li>dramatic play </li> <li>school play </li> <li>grooming items </li> <li>collecting items such as stickers, stamp, and baseball cards </li> </ul> <h2>Suggested toys for children aged 9 to 11 years</h2> <p>Older school-age children may enjoy the following toys and games:</p> <ul> <li>word games </li> <li>board games </li> <li>books and magazines </li> <li>models </li> <li>electronic games (ask your child's nurse about this) </li> <li>computers </li> <li>puzzles: 75 to 275 pieces </li> <li>building sets such as Lego </li> <li>recorded music </li> <li>more challenging arts and crafts </li> <li>paper, pens, markers </li> <li>journals </li> <li>collecting items </li> </ul> <h2>Safety alert</h2> <p>Children at this age are becoming independent but do not always pay attention to safety. Kids at this age are also easily distracted. These kids need supervision. </p> <p>Children at this age can also be influenced by peer pressure. They may do things against their usual judgement.</p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>Child life staff can be reached at 416-813-6216.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/playtime_at_hosptial_school-aged.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/playtime_at_hosptial_school-aged.jpgPlaytime at the hospital for school-age children

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