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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

get them pretend toys for christmas

each thursday during the school year i volunteer at a local kindergarten spending about 5-10 minutes with groups of 3-4 kids at at time doing some type of gardening
last week we harvested lettuce that they planted a few weeks ago in 6 packs
when the lettuce got big enough they planted it in their raised garden beds
they now twice have harvested a leaf of lettuce
yes they know how to pinch off the leaf without pulling up the plant
they take the leaf and double wash it
we have set out veggies like tomatoes shredded carrots green beans celery that they place on their lettuce leaf and roll it up like a taco
they call it their lettuce tacos
seconds are encouraged

after the session with me they go back and play in the area shown in the picture

on the days i am there they see me for 5-10 minutes then they play in the play area for 20 minutes

if you ask most of them they will say that that 30 minutes outside in the garden and in the play area is the highlight of the day

in the play area are old tires lots of loose limbs and logs old metal rings off whiskey barrels a long black french drain flexible pipe old black plastic nursery pots old tree stumps lose pieces off the palm trees old buckets pitchers spoons and cups and kitchen utensils and numerous scattered pieces of other throw away things

during the time they are there you see them doing all kinds of creative things with all that junk
i doubt they get to do this anywhere else
it reminds me of how we played when i was growing up
we didnt have all that commercial play stuff
youll see them digging in the dirt or digging in the worm bin
yes they have to wash their hands good at the end of the session

those old stumps standing up in the play area have been used for making chef meals fairy gardens cooking stoves a base for making castles a place to jump off onto the soft dirt sand that covers the area and as stepping stones like you were walking across a creek

all creative things seem to happen
one rule is things you pick up cant be pointed at others or used as a weapon
doing so loses your play privileges

my guess is that they enjoy playing with all this junk more than any toy they have at home

so it was with interest that i read this article from the american academy of pediatrics on what kind of toys you should buy for your kids this christmas

if it makes a noise consider something that will stimulate more creative juices

mr hudson has this old cardboard box taped together with duct tape that has one side that opens
which provides a garage for parking his cars and trucks and tractors etc
he also uses that side as a ramp for his vehicles

you might read that article and think about what you are buying them for christmas and birthdays
will they be playing with them in a few weeks

we need to stimulate creativity encourage independent playing without all the bells and whistles
that i must say can get annoying
i have removed many a battery from these toys in years past

let them pretend and be creative with the right christmas gifts

the organicgreen doctor

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