Pretend Play: Veterinarian’s Office

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Pretend Play: Veterinarian’s Office

Activity for ages 2 to 5.

Pretend play is a great way to build kids’ imagination, vocabulary, cooperation skills and so much more. Since my boys are big animal lovers, I knew they’d love caring for their favorite stuffed animals in a pretend play veterinarian’s office. {If your kids are dress up fans too, check out our time-saving Jumbo Pretend Play Set for even more fun.}

 

To start, I cut out the free printable available in the right hand column.


Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}

I attached a photo of my son in the picture square of the badge and filled in his information.

 

Then I grabbed one of my husband’s white button up shirts to use as a doctor’s coat and invited my three year old to join me. C took his job very seriously and immediately put on his play stethoscope so that he could get right to work.

Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}

I introduced him to his first patient – a sick stuffed puppy – and started helping him fill out the veterinarian’s checklist. Pet name: Dog. Type of animal: Dog.

Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}

Then C used his doctor’s kit to check his patient’s eyes, ears, heart and more.

Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}

Each time he checked something new, he wrote down whether or not the body part was ok on his checklist.

 

When C was finished with his examination, he decided on the dog’s treatment: a bandaid. {If only cures could always be that simple.}

Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}

Thankfully, I can report that the puppy is now feeling much better thanks to C’s TLC and our veterinarian’s office is now busy helping new patients.  You can download your own copy of the printables here.

 

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For even more pretend play fun, check out our time-saving Jumbo Pretend Play Pack and Bakery Set.


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Free printables to set up a pretend play veterinarian's office for your kids. {Playdough to Plato}
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About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4, 2.5 and 5 months}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.

12 Comments

  1. THANK YOU soooo much for these printables! My 4 year old grandson wants to be a veterinarian and these are perfect!

  2. Hooray, Lois! I’m thrilled to hear that your grandson will be enjoying the printables too. :)

  3. If they still want to be vets when they grow up have them read any of James Herriots books. They are delightful. (maybe even read them yourself)

  4. This is fabulous. The idea is great, and the printables are beautiful. My kids will love it! Thanks!

  5. Awesome suggestion, Faigie! I love discovering new books. I’ll add it to the library list. Thank you!

  6. Yay! I’m excited to hear that your kids will be enjoying the vet printables too, Anna. :)

  7. I am a Daycare Supervisor and my Kiddos love playing clinic and vet. This will be so much more fun. Thank you for the free printables. They’re perfect.

  8. Awesome Karen! I love knowing that the vet printables are useful. :)

  9. Thank you for sharing all these outstanding ideas. I really love the bakery and veterinarian printables. They will com in handy when we work on our “Places in our Community” theme.

  10. Just what I need for my very last minute Vet Home Corner in my Kindy. Thanks :)

  11. Yay! I’m excited to hear that the vet printables will come in handy. Hope your kindergarteners love them too!!

  12. Great printables and play suggestions! TY, again, for sharing with us today! Pinning, too!

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