Pretend Play - Vet's Office with Free Printable

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Set up a Pretend Play Vet's Office - Free Printable for Vet's Office for kids. #kids #dramaticplay #pretend

When I was teaching Kindergarten we had a dramatic play area that had different themes throughout the year. One of the most popular themes was a vet's office. My students always had so much fun taking care of animals and I was amazed at all learning that took place in this dramatic play area. I decided to create a vet's office at home for my kids to explore through pretend play. It was super easy to set up and I can't wait to share how you can make one for your kids too! I am even including a free printable for an office visit.
You will need:
  • Kids doctor kit
  • Thermometer
  • Band aids, bandages, other medical supplies
  • Baby wipes
  • Small flashlight
  • Office visit form (download the free printable here)
Pretend Play Vet's Office Supplies

I had most of the supplies already and bought the few I didn't have at the dollar store. They have a great selection of medical supplies - who knew? I found an old thermometer in a drawer and decided to add it to the pretend play area.

Once I had my supplies, I needed some patients. This was the easy part. Our home is drowning in stuffed animals. I found some of our most popular ones and sat them down in some chairs. Instant waiting room!

Dramatic Play area for Vet's Office

The kids were excited to get started examining patients. I got my youngest got a doctor's lab coat for her birthday, and it was the perfect addition to our play area. She starts off by checking the monkey's heartbeat.

Child Pretends to be a Vet

A small flashlight is perfect for checking the monkey's eyes. 

Imaginative Play Ideas

Monkey had a boo-boo, so it was time for a band aid. My daughter got a chance to practice some fine motor skills as she peeled the backing away from the band aid.

Pretend Play Ideas

My daughter determined that monkey needed some medicine to feel better. We used a small, empty cup that came with some cough medicine.

Dramatic Play Ideas

Before monkey left he needed to be groomed and cleaned.


My daughter B's patient was a puppy. I think B looks very official with her glasses. I would take my pet to see her!

Dramatic Play Vet

Puppy is a good patient and held still while having his temperature taken.

Vet's Office Pretend Play

I created a free printable of an office visit form where the kids could write in their patient's information and treatment recommendations. This is a great opportunity for kids to practice writing and reading. You can download this free printable here.

Free Printable for Vet's Office

We also had a bunny visit, and sadly, he needed a shot.


The vet filled out the form with the diagnosis and treatment plan. 


I am pleased to report that all our patients are now feeling better and our vets are still caring for other sick animals.

As you can see, setting up a dramatic play area allows kids to use their imaginations to create play scenarios and act out various roles. Our vet's office was easy to set up and resulted in hours of imaginative play and learning. As an extension you and your child can read some great books about vets such as: Pet Vet, I Want to Be a Vet and A Day in the Life of A Veterinarian.



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17 comments:

  1. This is wonderful! For the last few weeks, I've had a Drs. office area set up in the playroom. The boys loved it but they are getting a little tired of it. I think we'll switch it to a Vet's office before we put it away! I think they'll love that. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is wonderful! Being the doctor and acting out helping your own loved animal toys -- inspired.

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  3. This is great and such a wonderful use for all the stuffed animals that are accumulating in my house. I hope you'll consider sharing this at my link-up, "Look What We Did." Here is the direct link: http://hammocktracks.com/buttons/

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  4. This is fantastic! I would have LOVED this when I was little. :)

    toddlindsey.com

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  5. WOW! We are so on the same page with fostering imagination in children. Love this-re-posted on my FB page https://www.facebook.com./collegesavingsdolls
    Thanks & look forward to more-
    Sarah

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  6. My kid's love playing vet's office. What a great way to incorporate some literacy practice too. Thanks!

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  7. And just so you know, when that bandaid will NOT come off that monkey's fur, use hand lotion. Saturate the fur around and under the bandaid and pick it off. You're welcome. ;)

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  8. Those pictures are adorable! My son loves playing vet, though he calls it "Animal Shelter".

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  9. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Delicate Construction! Pinned it!

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  10. Super cute idea!! Pinning to use down the road!

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  11. Very sweet... I did something like this (but not as cute) for my daughter when she was little and she'll be 20 soon. And yes, one day when I have grandkids, I'll do it again- thanks for the reminder and new freshness to this fave play activities of Maytag when she was little.

    Happy Easter Coming soon and it's always great to see creative minds at work. :)

    Visiting from Weekend Wrapup @ Tatertots & Jello linky party
    Smiles,
    Suz @MaytagNMom
    NW Illinois
    CURRENT PROJECT OF MINE AT LINKY PARTIES

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  12. My boys love to play vet! Thanks for sharing! Pinning :-)
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com
    PS I do a Friday Linky party if you want to link up!
    http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun

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  13. So cute! I'm pinning this right now!

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  14. I love this!! We have the same dress-up set, and I think my girls would love to play vet! Love the form!!

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  15. Found this! Loving it!! Featured it here:

    http://lifewithleahy.blogspot.com/2013/04/doc-mckenna.html

    Thanks so much!!!

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