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Animal Pretend

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K , School-Age

A young girl learns health and safety, wearing a mask, and carrying 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.


  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.

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