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Research has shown that pet ownership can be particularly beneficial for children: from teaching them responsibilities and about the cycle of life, to providing companionship and building confidence. Having a pet around the home can make a big impact and theming activities around pets can also be a great way to engage children in the classroom.

Making pets the subject in the classroom

We are delighted to have been working with Marc Abraham, TV vet, author, and animal welfare campaigner to develop downloadable resources to use during lesson time. Our ‘Keeping Pets Healthy’ lesson plan will help children aged 4-7 (Reception and KS1) understand the importance of caring for animals and others. To accompany the session, you will also need a set of baby and adult animal images for the first game. Here are some examples of images of adult and baby animals – you might want to use similar ones in your lesson. Individual images are available in the Supporters’ resource section – log in to view and download.

National Pet Month teaching is all about easy to do lesson plans that can be executed during National Pet Month. They are designed for early years and primary school children.

At the heart of every lesson is a guide to being a responsible pet owner and ideas to get the pupils involved in National Pet Month even if you do not wish to fundraise.

Not all the lesson plans need to be done in the classroom, the worksheets and fun activities can be given as homework.

NEW! Keeping Pets Healthy – lesson plan for vets and schools.

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Ideas include:
  • T-shirt painting
  • encouraging children to explore the library and learn more about their favourite pets and draw them
  • Paper animal mosaics, a fun activity for children which can be displayed in the classroom during National Pet Month
  • Design a poster to illustrate one of the National Pet Month Top 10 Tips for responsible pet ownership
  • Draw or paint a happy pet
  • Design and make a pet mask

Look out for National Pet Month’s schools art competitions!

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  • How to write a review from a pet’s point of view, also includes fundraising ideas.
  • Harvey’s Big Adventure, incorporating National Pet Month’s Top 10 tips for responsible pet ownership
  • Top Ten Tips (For more information and frequently asked questions take a look at the Pet Health Council web site)
    1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements.
    2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained.
    3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.
    4. Provide suitable housing and bedding.
    5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.
    6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.
    7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.
    8. Groom your pet regularly.
    9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.
    10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.

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  • Children’s worksheets - Click on the pictures below, print them off and use them in your class.
  • Which animal can be kept as a pet? A fun five minute activity
  • Mathematics problems

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