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Pretend Play Veterinary Clinic.

When children engage in dramatic play (pretend play), they're building social, emotional, and cognitive development areas.  This allows them to explore the world around them in a safe setting.  As a parent or caregiver, you get to encourage your children's play. Here are a few ideas for setting up a Veterinary Clinic.

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How 2 Play

Pretend Play Veterinary Clinic.
Stuffed Animals:

If your house is anything like ours, you have stuffed animals everywhere you look.  Use them!

Set them on a couch, bed, floor or even make cute little DIY beds from those old Amazon boxes you have lying around.

Pretend Play Veterinary Clinic.
Center Set-up:

If you have the space, set up a designated area for pretend play that encourages their imagination.

  • Use baskets you have around the house and simply add the animals to them, creating their beds.
  • Clipboard and blank paper allows them to write or draw.  You can also create a checklist for animal check-ups.
  • Read books  about Veterinarians and animals.
Pretend Play Veterinary Clinic.
Doctor Kit:

We received this kit as a gift 3 years ago and kids still love it!  We've added items to it along the way like

  • Kid sized medical masks (When visiting the pediatrician, ask if you can have a few extras to take home)
  • Medical syringes from children's cold medicine.
Pretend Play Veterinary Clinic.
Lakeshore Learning Store:

They offer a fantastic "Vet Center" carrying kit that comes with laminated cards with details of the animals and X-rays!

Pretend Play Veterinary Clinic.