Pros: The bag, harmless medical devices
Cons: Stethoscope doesn't work as advertised, Cheap Materials, Boring
Fisher Price and childhood are almost a synonym. This has been the case for generations, and I am appreciative of the kind gift, given to my son on his birthday. That would be the Fisher Price Medical Kit, which from the box appears to be neat, but it goes down hill quite quickly from there. While it doesn't exactly "flat line," there's more not to like about this than to find enlightening, and that goes for both parents and children alike. Its my opinion that this company could have made this with better materials, because a lot of cheap plastics appear to be used. What is most disappointing is the stethoscope doesn't work.
Each of us would be quite pleased, if our kids turned out to be doctors. Thta's not a guarantee, and while I'm happy that my son is interested in this, what I'm more concerned about is his growing up to find a job that is secure and that he can tolerate. Work is a "four letter word," but it is a necessary evil. I thought this was a cute idea for his birthday, and in some ways it is, as he has repeatedly given me "shots" from this. He has learned a lot about shots, because he goes with me every other week to the allergy doctor. Of course, he's also had shots himself(vaccines), so perhaps this is "payback" in a way.
The shot of course doesn't have a metallic end, but rather just blows out air. Its much more pleasant than the real ones. Yet you can pull on the backstop like a genuine one, which is pretty cool. The ear and eye devices are made of cheap plastic, but they do at least look realistic. Where this set fails, is the blood pressure cuffs and the aforementioned stethoscope. Let's first take a look at the stethoscope, because that's a device that children and adults think of first, when the word "doctor" is mentioned. It says on the box that it "will allow you to hear a heartbeat." Each and every one of my family members, apparently must not have one, so perhaps we are ghosts. This has been disappointing, and took away a lot of the fun we expected to have. Thank goodness my mom is a retired nurse, and brought a real pair over.
As for the blood pressure cuffs, the velcro doesn't latch properly. While its not a "real set", there are no numbers on the device, but rather just hash marks. By depressing the bubble, the needle spins around in a 360 degree angle. This isn't that cool, and in all honesty, it seems like the company cut a lot of corners here. Even with the cuffs velcro that doesn't latch, the cuffs can be easily be torn, due to cheap materials. The dial where the hash tags are is safe, but I don't expect this to last for that much longer.
You have to at least like the bag. This is at least a means, to keep all of the "medical supplies" organized. They fit in easily, and this does not take up a lot of room. This could have been a much more interesting set, and while it does include a thermometer(fake of course), this is very much for limited use. My son became bored with it fast, and I don't like it. They could have done a better job with the material end, but obviously decided to just make these as cheaply and in mass produced numbers as possible. My recommendation is to find a better "doctor set," because while the bag is pretty good, the rest of it is below expectations.