Inside: There are so many fun activities that can go with the pet theme! We had small kennels and stuffed animal pets, along with medical kits and notepaper on clipboards. But the highlight was when we had real dogs visit our veterinarian center!
Setting Up the Pet Theme in the Toddler and Preschool Classroom
Our dramatic play area was set up as a veterinarian office. We had a (very old-school) phone and a keyboard, along with clipboards and pencils.
Ready to take new customers!
We pulled out our pet vet center materials.
The children put the stuffed animal pets into the little pet carriers and brought them to the clinic.
AND, we had a REAL dog visit the clinic!
My co-teacher’s sweet dog, Rhodi, joined us for the day.
Notes were taken about Rhodi.
And Rhodi was updated on his shots.
My sweet dog, Louis, visited, too!
We talked about what Louis eats, and that his favorite activity is going on walks on our nearby trails.
He spent outdoor time with us.
We used our train table for some small world veterinarian play, along with some pet animal sorting.
We strengthened our scissor skills by cutting cat and dog’s hair.
(We got this idea from Lalymom’s activity.)
We added pet cookie cutters and stamps to our play dough table.
And we washed pets in our sensory bin, similar to when we washed farm animals.
Don’t forget to grab your free printables!
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