Crash Course: Paw Patrol

Welcome to our new series, Crash Course! The easiest way to relate to kids is to talk about something that they are interested in. One of my favorite distractions is just talking to kids about their favorite TV show or their favorite song. I’ve definitely changed at least a few tears to giggles by belting out the Paw Patrol theme song. Not everyone has the time to watch these shows and research them, but I do! So here is your crash course on Paw Patrol!

Paw Patrol is about Ryder and his pups that go out on missions and save the day. Below is your guide to the characters and a little about them to start your Paw Patrol discussions.

File:PAW Patrol Chase Standard.pngThis is Chase! Chase is a police puppy. He wears blue and his most popular catchphrases are “Chase is on the Case!” and “These paws uphold the laws.”

Image result for marshall paw patrolOur next friend in Marshall! Marshall is a Dalmatian who drives a fire truck. Marshall’s catchphrases are “Ready for a ruff ruff rescue!” and “I’m fired up!”

Image result for skye paw patrolSkye looks pretty in pink flying above everyone! She is known to say “Let’s take to the sky” and “This pups gotta fly.”Image result for rocky paw patrolI’m gonna be honest, this next pup is my favorite. Rocky wears green and he’s known for caring about the environment. His symbol is a recycling symbol. Rocky’s phrases are “Don’t lose it, reuse it!” and “Why trash it when you can stash it?”

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Rubble is our construction friend. Always ready to dig up some dirt, Rubble rocks his yellow outfit! Rubble’s phrases are “Let’s dig it!” and “Rubble on the Double!”

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Zuma is our water loving friends. He scuba dives and cheers “Let’s dive it!” and “Ready, Set, Get wet!”

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Everest isn’t part of the theme song or in every episode, but she is a part of the team and someone you should know. Everest is the snow puppy. Her catchphrases are “I was born to slide,” “Ice or snow, I’m ready to go” and “Off the Trail, Everest won’t fail”

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Last but not least is the puppies fearless leader, Ryder! Ryder is a 10 y.o boy who calls the pups to action when there’s an emergency. His catchphrases are “No job is too big, no pup is too small,” “PAW Patrol is on a roll” and “Whenever you’re in trouble, yelp for help!”

Now you know the characters, the next thing is to learn all the words to the theme song. Make sure to turn on the captions when you watch so you can know the words.


Check out the PAW Patrol Wiki Page to learn more!


Fabulous Find Friday: Fubbles No-Spill Tumbler

Today’s Fabulous Find is probably one that many of you know but I want to share with you all nonetheless; Fubbles No-Spill Tumbler! These tumblers are the best for bubbles because while it is easy for children to use the bubble wand, it is also hard for the bubble goo to spill out of the tumbler while the child is holding it. By using a container that doesn’t’ spill, it empowers the children and allows them control over their environment (while also not making a mess). And we all know how effective bubbles are for helping kids cope in the hospital! 😉


Fabulous Find Friday: Flipeez Hats

If you haven’t seen these hats, then you are missing out. The Flipeez hats are children’s hats that are monsters and also popular characters, like Paw Patrol and Elsa. But the best part is that they move. The ears on the Paw Patrol puppies move and Olaf’s arms open wide for warm hugs.

I know that you’re probably wondering why I’m sharing children’s apparel instead of tools and Child Life finds but these hats could actually make an awesome Child Life find. The character hats, like Paw Patrol and Frozen, fit adults! As a ski instructor in the 3-6 year old program, I love using these hats as distraction to help the kids cope with the new environment and stress and uncertainty of doing a sport they haven’t done before. When you’re talking to a child and the ears on your hat suddenly move, they pause and kinda watch in shock. As you continue to wiggle your ears, the kids become more engaged and eventually demonstrate their comfort level by asking to try the hat themselves.

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Fabulous Find Fridays: My First Look and Find Books

My top three distraction tools for young children are light spinners, bubbles and MY FIRST LOOK AND FIND BOOKS! There is so much to love about these books, but here are my top three reasons.

First, they come in two sizes. The small one are nice because they fit well in a distraction bag, but I prefer the larger books. They are 12 inches tall which makes them perfect for blocking children’s views of procedures. When it comes to sutures and IVs where the patient has received numbing medication, I prefer to block the procedure from the child’s view as I think it promotes positive coping for toddler and preschool age children.

Second, they are easy to do. During my internship, I worked with a two year old oncology patient who loved these books. After only a couple times of my showing her how to do the books, the patient was able to find the indicated items with no help. But older preschools also like them because there are many items to find which makes it seem more challenging for them.

Third, the books are based of popular children’s TV shows and there are many versions. This allows you to personalize care and also diversify your distraction tools for chronic patients that you see frequently.

Fabulous Find Friday: Marshmallow Launchers

This Friday’s Fabulous Find is Marshmallow Launchers. I learned about these at the National Child Life Conference this summer and they are easy to use and super helpful. It is basically a recorder like tool, without the holes, that can be filled with small marshmallows. Through deep breathes, these marshmallows can be shot out to targets. Visit Kelsey Kids to learn more about it!

Their site also includes a section with “Helpful Advice from a Child Life Specialist.” Check out what they have to say:

Benefits of Marshmallow Launcher play:

  • It increases ambulation (as a child moves about the room to pick up marshmallows and gets in and out of bed).
  • It improves respiratory status from pleasurable activity, additional benefit from sucking marshmallow back into tube before exhaling to launch marshmallow.
  • Provides normalization of environment through play.
  • Shows decreased flat effect when pelting a nurse with a marshmallow.
  • Provides aggression release.

Patients that would benefit from Marshmallow Launcher play include:

  • Any patient able to exhale forced air, usually over 5 years old.
  • Any patient spending excessive time in bed due to surgery, chest tubes, pneumonia, or treatment, burns, etc.
  • Any patient who needs an outlet during or after a painful procedure- for example, Marshmallow Launcher play can be used during dressing changes.
  • Any patient needing to release aggression or feelings. (You can encourage patients to create targets that display the objects of their fear, anger, or frustration.)