How to Make a First Aid Kit for Kids

How to Make a First Aid Kit for Kids
Teaching kids the importance of having a first aid kit is essential, especially when you're taking them on a hike or a road trip. You can use some simple supplies, such as a red lunchbox and some contact paper, to make a kid-friendly first aid kit.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Making the First Aid Kit

Things You’ll Need:
  • Red lunchbox
  • Basin
  • Water
  • White paper
  • Red marker
  • Tape
  • Clear contact paper
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Tweezers
  • Ipecac syrup
  • Hydrocortizone cream
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Pen
Step 1
Soak the lunchbox in a basin of water for several hours to loosen the label.
Step 2
Remove the lunchbox from the basin and scrape off the label or labels.
Step 3
Encourage your kids to design the new label of the first aid kit. Provide them with the red marker and white paper, and suggest that they include the worldwide first aid symbol (a red cross) and the words "First Aid."
Step 4
Tape the new label to the front of the lunchbox.
Step 5
Cut a piece of clear contact paper that is a bit larger than the label, but smaller than the surface of the lunchbox. Press it over the label, sealing the sides to prevent moisture from ruining the label.

Preparing the First Aid Kit

Step 1
Fill the first aid kit with medical supplies, such as bandages (in different sizes), gauze, tweezers, ipecac syrup, hydrocortizone cream, and antibiotic ointment.
Step 2
Help your kids to compile a list of important phone numbers, such as their pediatrician or family doctor, the local emergency room, and poison control. Put the list in the first aid kit.
Step 3
As a family, think of a safe place to keep the first aid kit that is easily accessible.

Tips & Warnings

Encourage your children to speak to their doctor about other supplies that they could include in their first aid kit. Alternatively, have your children do online research to find out which supplies they might be missing.
Keep the first aid kit out of the reach of any children who are too young to use it correctly. Some of the supplies in it may be dangerous or toxic if swallowed.

Article Written By Carrie Perles

Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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