Children are naturally drawn to helping animals and whether they’ve experienced an animal in need first-hand or simply love animals, this vet play activity is a winner.
I’ve also created some free vet play printables that will help extend their learning further (download them below).
Vet play builds:
- Connections with animals
- Animal knowledge
- Empathy for animals
- Real-world knowledge
- With the printables: Scissor and literacy skills
Vet play set up
It’s pretty easy to set up a vet space to encourage real-world play. Your set up can include but isn’t limited to:
- Play doctor equipment (we already has a stethoscope)
- Pretend medicine
- A little table for check-ups
- Play knife (for surgery)
- Boxes (places to keep animals overnight)
- Phone (to ring customers when an animal need to be picked up)
- Stuffed or toy animals
- Vet play printables (see below)
Vet Play Printables
These free printables will encourage children to think and advance their learning in this activity.
Vet Appointment Sheet
This next appointment printable is great to have on hand with more than one child involved in the activity (or if it’s mum and child). Children love to fill out the appointment cards and deliver them to ensure animals have their regular check-ups.
Vet Surgery Animal Record Sheet
Your kids will love these vet animal record sheets. Kids will love creating scenarios where animals have been hurt, they’ll love writing how the animal was treated too. Signing their name will also make them feel like a real vet.
If your children aren’t yet familiar with types of animals, this basic animal classification activity would be a good way to explore this.
Set up a vet play area and watch the area come to life. Your children will simply adore this activity, print out the vet play printables today and encourage more play in your home or classroom.