I love setting up dramatic play centers for my kids. This type of play holds their attention for a long time, and they keep coming back to it for days! One of the best parts is the fact that my 1 year old loves them just as much as my 5 year old! So there is no question  that this dramatic play Doggy Daycare was a hit!!

For this dramatic play center you will need:

  1. 2 Cardboard Boxes
  2. Stuffed dogs
  3. Cardstock
  4. Bone Pattern
  5. A Container (to hold “doggy food”)
  6. Clean empty pet bowl
  7. Cereal
  8. Small Blanket
  9. Yarn (for collars and leashes)
  10.  Any other doggy care item you can thing of!

The hardest part of this Doggy Daycare Center was making the dog house.  For this task I put my husband on it! He used a 2 baby wipes boxes and cut off the small end flaps of the box, then cut 2 triangles out of the bigger flaps, keeping them attached. Next he cut 2 rectangles for the roof. Then he cut out the doors. It really only took him about 20 minutes. Then I painted it white! I then made a Dogs sign for the front and laid a small baby blanket down in the bottom.

Next, you will need to print the bone pattern onto card stock and cut them out! Unless you have play bones laying around!

For the dog food I used Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cereal. It looks just like dog food, but is safe to eat! Because you know kids love to eat dog food!!! 😉 If you have peanut allergy kids you might need to search for a different kind of cereal!

My kids had a blast taking care of their doggies!


They fed them….

By the end of it most doggies had their own collars made out of yarn.


Gave them a home…..


Fed them some more! (There was a lot of feeding going on!)


And of course made a mess…..


Dog Book Ideas That Go Along Great With this Dramatic Play Center: Doggy Daycare

Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman and Tim Bowers

Just Me and My Puppy  by Mercer Mayer

Harry the Dirty Dogby Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham


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