DIY Medical Play: Butterfly Needle

Medical preparation is a big part of a child life specialist’s job, but what happens if you don’t have the exact tools needed?

You make it using loose parts!

Working in private practice, I don’t have access to the nurses’ closet, so I had to be creative in making a butterfly needle this week.


Here is what I found around my house, blue painter’s tape, cardboard box, medicine cup, lanyard, plastic fork, bead and the plastic insert for a screw.

DIY Butterfly Needle

With the help of scissors and a hot glue gun, I came up with this:

DIY Butterfly Needle 2Not bad, right?

Remember that using loose parts with a child is also a great way for them to deepen their learning process of diagnosis, treatment or test. Provide them with materials and let them figure out a way to create it.

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