Animal Pretend

Toddler practicing healthy and safety by wearing a medical mask, cap, and gloves while holding stuffed animals

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate the use of creativity and imagination in learning and play.

Materials Needed:

  • Stuffed animals
  • String or yarn
  • Boxes
  • Brushes
  • Bowls
  • Writing materials and paper

Participants: This activity is intended for independent play.

Directions:

  1. Encourage your child to create a pretend scenario with their stuffed animals. This could be a farm, a zoo, a vet’s office, or other settings depending on your child’s interests.
  2. Add props to extend the play. Make animal pens from boxes or use a box for a vet’s examination table. String or yarn can become a leash.
  3. Use the writing materials to make corresponding charts, signs, or graphs. Make a sign depicting a business, such as a zoo or a vet’s office, for example. Perhaps your child can write or draw a how-to book describing animal care.

Learn More: Read books about animals such as Pet Show by Ezra Keats. Have a pet parade or try to imitate Keats’ unique illustration and collage style.

Toddler practicing healthy and safety by wearing a medical mask, cap, and gloves while holding stuffed animals
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