Friday, April 20, 2012

Pretend Play Box - Veterinarian

I am a week late but here is the next Pretend Play Box - Veterinarian.  So far it has been a big hit.  The kids seem to love all the unique, not all the shelf objects that are in the boxes.  Here is what is in this one:

Laminated pages of dog exam, cat exam, new patient, plan of care, animal examination, appointment book and some appointment cards all from Pretend Play - Animal.  Here are the miscellaneous items: homemade leash with adjustable collar (see below), popsicle sticks for examining, toothbrush, medicine droppers, fake casts, animal head cone, treat box (beans inside tic tac box), dog food (fun foam with duct tape with beads inside), small towel, magnifying glass, bug box, fake bugs (see below) and food and water dish (bottom cut off of water bottles).

Here is the animal head collar.  This is just fun foam with some velcro dots on it to close it shut.  Now all that animal licking can be stopped.

Pretend casts are a must.  These are just white fun foam with velcro dots.  I made several sizes so they would fit different stuffed animals.

This leash was so easy to make and is getting so much use.  Just take a pipe cleaner and make a small loop on one end.  Thread the other end of the pipe cleaner through the loop and duct tape some ribbon to it.  Now you have an adjustable collar that can slip right over the animals' heads.

 The toddler loved emptying all the "dog treats" out of the tic tac box into the dog dishes.  She also enjoyed pouring the "dog food" out of the pouch.

Here is the dog leash in action and the toddler is feeding him a snack.

This is my favorite part which was my 12 year old daughter's idea.  I printed out some 1/2" pictures of bugs and stuck them to some velcro dots.  Then you can stick the bugs to the animals and have to remove them with your fingers or the fine tooth comb.  Then they put them in the bug box to examine them further.  You can download the pictures of the bugs here.  They are on page 2.

Here is also where you can find the sign for the box - Pretend Play Box - Veterinarian  

Visit GrowingPlay to view the Pretend Play Animal Pages.


  1. Such a fun idea! I have most of that stuff already in my house too so I could easily do this for my girls! Thanks for linking up with Fun Stuff Fridays on Toys In The Dryer!

  2. That is what I love about these pretend play boxes - most of the stuff is from around the house. Re-purposing it for the kids has added a new dimension to their pretend play. Because they are not the traditional off the shelf pretend play items the kids love them.

  3. Wonderful idea! I love the foam sheets for bandages. What an easy idea.

  4. Thanks. I put some foam sheets over a cardboard tube to make a pretend cast for the kids - this was another super simple idea that they loved. You can view it on this here - Pretend Play Box - Doctor.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  5. I'm looking for ideas for an "animal hospital" theme I hope to start with my first-second grade class. I found a few things here that I can use. Thanks!

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