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?
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.
KEY STAGE: EYFS
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 activitiy 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 Layout (PDF 54.7KB)
These resources are great for involving the whole class on an interactive whiteboard, or in smaller groups or individually on laptops and tablets.
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Play an interactive game about Jamal and Rocky.