Caring for our pets

Over 58.4 million animals are kept as pets in the UK*, so it's important we understand what they need to be happy and healthy. Does your class know how to care for their pets?

Girl holding an adult hamster RSPCA

Download your free caring for pets resource pack by using the links below.

This set of activities aims to make children aware of pets as living animals with needs and feelings. They'll learn that pets should be handled carefully and only when it is appropriate to do so. They'll also  investigate the responsibility of pet owners to meet the needs of their pets and to keep them happy and healthy.



SUBJECT: Communication and language, Expressive arts and design, Literacy, Physical development, Personal, social and emotional development, Understanding the world

Download full resource pack: EYFS - Caring for our pets (Word 7MB)

Included in this resource pack:

  • Initial teacher input with ideas for adult-led and child-initiated activities
  • Learning outcomes and Vocabulary
  • Useful websites and factsheet
  • Teachers' notes and activity sheets x4

Activity Idea: Vet Clinic Role Play

Establish a veterinary or animal welfare clinic as a role-play area. Include some toy animals, toy syringes, stethoscope, bandages, empty bottles and packets from veterinary medicines, an area for keeping animals that need to stay in, a waiting area, etc. Teachers will need to introduce the children to what happens in a veterinary surgery. Stress that the medicines given to animals are special and animals should never be given medicine that is meant for humans. Use the below PDF to help set up your vet clinic.

Activity idea: Vet clinic role play area (PDF 53KB)

Other activity sheets and supporting materials:

My dog ben (PDF 51KB)

Bird in a cage (PDF 72KB)

Smoky's new home (PDF 68KB)

Smoky's new home - images (PDF 989KB)

RSPCA campaign posters (PDF 531KB)

Interactive Resources

Interactive Quiz About Animal Needs

These resources are great for involving the whole class on an interactive whiteboard, or in smaller groups or individually on laptops and tablets.


 * [Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA) 2015]. 


Welsh Resources

Many of our resources are also available in Welsh, please download the relevant documents below.

Lesson plan: Caring for our pets - Welsh (Word 8MB)

Activity sheet: Aderyn mewn cawell (78KB)

Activity sheet: AS Cartref newydd Sionyn (PDF 74KB)

Activity sheet: Cartref newydd Sionyn - Lluniau (PDF 764KB)

Activity sheet:  Fy nghi Ben (PDF 55KB)

Teachers notes: Anifeiliaid mewn angen (PDF 79KB)

Teachers notes: Anghenion anifeiliaid anwes (PDF 74KB)

Teachers notes: Ardal chwarae rol clinig milfeddyg (PDF 57KB)

Teachers notes: Pethau sy'n ein helpu i ofalu am anifeiliaid anwes (PDF 51KB)