Featured in The Possibilities of Play: Imaginative Learning Centers for Children Ages 3-6, by Dr. Jean Feldman and Carolyn Kisloski, this learning center activity is a perfect opportunity to develop oral language and social skills.
Stuffed animals and animal puppets
Cardboard boxes for cages
Brush, comb, towel
Cash register, play money
What to Do
Invite the children to bring in stuffed animals from home for the pet-supply store. They can shop at the pet store or groom their pets at the grooming station. For even more fun, add phones and paper so the children can answer calls and fill out forms for grooming appointments.