Pretending to be a vet or a doctor, and dealing with poorly pets and other patients, is all part of a days work for a busy child. Find them the perfect vet toys from our range of role-play toys and small world playsets, and discover the benefits and delights of imaginative play.
This lovely little wooden vet set comes with a stethoscope for checking aminals heartbeat and making sure everything is ok. A set of tweezers for pulling out any nasty thorns that might have got stuck in their paws. A thermometer for checking their temperature and a syringe for administering medicines. Plus there are little wooden bottles and tubes for treating any bumps and bruises.
We love that this set also comes with a little bunny so you have your first patient ready and waiting. Although there’s sure to be a queue of stuffed animals waiting for treatment when they realise the vet has come to town.
Role play toys like this allow your child to develop both physical and emotional skills as they play. They’ll require good fine motor skills and dexterity to use the tweezers and a gentle caring hand to soothe their patients who might be scared about going to the vets. Plus, they will be able to practise their language and vocabulary as they book in patients, find out what’s wrong and explain what they are doing to the aminals.
And if your child is more up for pampering pooches than being a pet vet then why not treat them to the wonderful Djeco Doudouchic Pet Salon. This fabulous set has everything you need to pamper your pets and make sure they look their best. The sturdy cardboard suitcase comes complete with a hairbrush, comb, hair dryer, scissors, hair shampoo, slides and hair accessories along with business cards and information.
Small World Veterinary Toys
We also stock a lovely range of small world vet toys so your child can immerse themselves in a miniature world of treating and caring for animals. The Small Foot Playhouse Animal Hospital is a great toy for little animal lovers and will inspire hours of imaginative and creative play.
The little pet vet building comes with two vets, a reception desk and chair for checking in patients, an examination table and a bunny rabbit with a poorly head. It’s the perfect size to work with the Goki flexible puppets so you can get other characters to bring their pets along. And you might find the vet needs to make home visits to the farm or zoo to treat animals that are too big to come to town for treatment.
The Big Jigs Mini Hospital Play Set is another lovely toy that packs away in its own handy travel case. Although not strictly a vet toy the patient in this set is a little teddy bear so we think young animal lovers will approve.
Benefits of imaginative play as a vet
Developing social skills
Children develop all kinds of social skills through imaginative play. They learn about taking turns and how to figure out solutions to a problem. They practise engaging with others in an imaginary world. And when they are playing with their friends they learn to cooperate and compromise.
Finding ways to allow for others to join in the game, or making sure that everyone gets a turn, are valuable social skills that they will need to employ throughout their lives and this is where it starts. Through play.
Children also learn to have conversations with each other when they play. Talking about the toys they are playing with or what is happening in the game.
Role play is also great for emotional development. Especially when they are playing roles that require empathy such as a vet or a doctor. Children may also find it easier to process experiences by acting them out through play. You might find that if you have had to take a trip to the vet or the hospital this becomes a favourite game as children process the new information and explore the way it makes them feel.
Plus pretend play is a way for children to start thinking about other peoples (or animals) thoughts and feelings. Developing empathy by acting out situations where someone might be hurt, or frightened or hungry or just need a cuddle.
Encourages narrative thought and creativity
Encouraging and providing the space and the tools for imaginative play is a great way of helping children develop their imagination and their capacity for narrative thought.
Set up a simple vet station with an examination table, so soft toy patients and a few medical tools or bandages and you are setting the scene for them to let their imaginations take control. Children can be anything when they play, they might act out stories they know or situations they have seen and then build on these as they play.
Develops vocabulary and language skills
Children don’t tend to play in silence. They will talk to their toys and narrate their stories. This offers a great opportunity for developing language and vocabulary skills. They get to practise words, make up new ones, and learn phrases and terms they might not hear in day to day life.
Giving specific role play or small world toys such as vet toys is a great way of introducing new words and practising them. You can learn the difference between a vet and a doctor, learn about the instruments the vet might be using, learn different animal names and learn the different body parts that might be hurt.
Builds an understanding of the adult world
Imaginative play is also a great way for children to explore and build an understanding of the Adult world. A child can be anything when they play so why not be a vet, or a policeman or a chef. You children learn by imagining and by doing.
Some of the most popular role-play toys are based around children imitating what they see in the adult world. They like to have a tea party with teddies or friends, make delicious dinners in their kitchen, make people better with their doctors set or play at being teachers or bus drivers.
This imitation allows them to explore and develop their understanding of the world. And giving children a wide variety of experiences to draw from is a great way to encourage and nurture a love of creative and imaginative play.
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