REVIEW: Pet Vet Play Set from Melissa & Doug

Children love pretend play and this makes a great change from the more common doctor sets – and opens up opportunities to use with children’s collections of soft toys. An excellent feature is that the set comes complete with its own dog and cat, which are lovely – soft and cuddly and well-sized, making the ideal complement to the set. The vet’s accessories include stethoscope, a twistable thermometer, syringe with working plunger, ear scope, tweezers, clamp, cast, bandages, a neck cone, pretend treatments and ointments, pots and jars with screw-off lids; all the items are a really good size. I love the reusable double-sided checklist for recording patients and checking the bag is properly packed (you could photocopy this to have a supply to encourage writing).

There’s a tote bag for those home and farm visits too – and this can be used to store all the items, neatly keeping them together. Interestingly, the toy has been acknowledged by toy experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute for how it helps children develop empathy while playing. A lovely toy to encourage pretend play and imagination and with enough pieces to allow two children to play happily together, thus developing communication and sharing skills. Really good value for money and children will love the fact there are so many pieces. The adorable plush animals are the perfect finishing touch, setting this set apart from others.

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