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Pet Grooming Salon

Pet grooming salon-01


  1. Two toilet paper tubes
  2. One small margarine container
  3. Duct tape
  4. Stuffed and plastic cats and dogs with long and short hair
  5. Milk crates
  6. Plastic tub
  7. Towels
  8. Mild shampoo (tear-free)
  9. Brushes
  10. Barrettes and ribbons
  11. Curlers
  12. Collars
  13. Plastic scissors
  14. Milk crates
  15. Play money and cash register


  1. To prepare, create a "blow dryer" by duct taping two toilet paper tubes to the sides of a margarine tub at 6:00 and 9:00 positions. Cover with tape to create a blow dryer (see illustration).
  2. Prepare the area by filling a large tub 1/3  full of water (to bathe animals), and put grooming accessories on a table nearby. Place stuffed animals in milk crate "cages."
  3. Encourage the children to put on smocks and "groom" the animals. They can brush and comb stuffed animals, put accessories and curlers in their fur, and pretend to cut hair and nails.
  4. The children can bathe plastic animals in the tub with the shampoo. After bathing the animals, they can towel them dry and "blow dry." (Make sure the children only put plastic animals in the water; stuffed animals get too soggy.)
  5. When finished, the animals can wait in the cages for their owners to pick them up and "pay" the groomers.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center: Dramatic Play/Pretend & Play/House Corner
Topic: Animals
Content: The Arts: Dramatic Arts
Area: Gross Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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