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Love animals? Wags and Whiskers teaches health and wellness through the care and feeding of pets.

Step inside a kid-sized pet clinic to explore the role of veterinarian, pet owner or groomer. Learn about health and wellness through responsible care for four-legged friends. Diagnose pet problems, read your pet patient’s chart or x-ray.

Ready to get to work? Head toward Eddie and then take a right, just after Body Detectives.

Support provided by The Animal Mission, South Carolina Association of
Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and Toni M. and Sam Elkins.

What are we learning?

  • Fine motor skills
  • Classification skills
  • Imaginative play
  • Size relationships
  • Nurturing skills

 

  • Memory recall skills
  • Abstract thinking.
  • Analytical thinking
  • Size Relationships
  • Anatomy/Health & Wellness
  • Memory recall skills
  • Abstract thinking skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Size relationships
  • Anatomy/Health & Wellness
  • Encourage creative role-play with your child. Help them choose a lab coat and a specific pet to care for.
  • Ask your child to identify the body parts of the dog or cat they choose.
  • Use the animals to compare size and discuss the concepts of little and big.
  •  Help your child use the instruments and pretend to to take temperatures, listen to the heartbeats, and groom the animals. 
  • Assist your child as they step into the role of veterinarian. Help them read the patient chart and form a diagnosis.
  • Observe how dogs and cats are similar and different from each other.
  • Group animals by likenesses and differences. Compare and contrast characteristics such as long hair and short hair, long tail and short tail. Look at the patient charts and compare diets of each.
  • Talk about the different tools used to diagnose ailments at a vet clinic. How are x-rays helpful. Do dogs need the same kind of care as people do?
  • In the role of veterinarian, ask your child some of the best ways to determine why an animal is sick or not feeling well.
  • Use this experience to discuss the job of being a veterinarian. Ask your child what they think it would be like to be a doctor to animals.
  • Talk about physical adaptations animals have to protect themselves. These adaptations include claws or fangs.
  • Ask your child to describe some healthy and unhealthy animal characteristics (weight, behaviors, etc.). How do those things compare to health and wellness in people?
  • Use illustrated books to teach your child about different kinds of dogs, cats and other animals.
  • Make learning about animals a physical activity by showing your child how to walk like an elephant or hop like a kangaroo.
  • Find pictures of animals from around the world. Practice mimicking the sounds of each animal with your young one.
  • Begin to use/learn proper animal care with your pets at home based on what you learned in the “Wags and Whiskers” exhibit at EdVenture.
  • Read age-appropriate books with your child on domestic and wild animals and compare where and how they live.
  • Compare household dogs or cats to their wildlife equivalents by taking a trip to the zoo (i.e. look at wolves and lions/tigers).
  • Talk with your child about the things they learned in the exhibit and best ways to care for pets at home.
  • Just as people take care of animals, discuss the ways animals help take care of people, such as rescue dogs and guide dogs for the blind. Visit the library or go online to learn how these animals are trained.
  • Call a local veterinarian or animal day care and ask for a tour for a great opportunity to see people who spend their day taking care of animals.
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