Pet Activities for Kids Who Love Animals | Summer Camp at Home

A week of fun pet themed activities for summer camp at home!

Summer is here! The kids are out of school, the sun is out and it's time for us to have some fun.

This year, for our first "official" summer break, I'm super excited to be joining 11 other amazing bloggers for 12 weeks of summer camp at home. There's a new theme every week filled with easy, fun activities you can do with your kids at home this summer. Since my boys don't want to do anything without our dogs and cat, we've decided to do a Pet Theme Summer Camp Week. And the best part is, you can do these pet activities even if you don't have pets at home. If your kids are crazy about animals this is the week for you!

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Do your kids love animals? This pet themed summer camp at home is for you! Get a week of pet activities for kids - with options for pretend pets too. Your kids will love these dog and cat activities, crafts, projects and more!

Planning Your Pet Activities Week 

I have everything you need for an awesome summer camp week of pet activities. The first step is to grab my printable summer camp at home planner so that you can get organized, write down your supplies for each activity, and plan out your week. Simply click the button below to get yours.


A Week of Pet Activities

These activities are perfect for families that have pets at home, but I know that's not everyone. I've included options for each day that don't require having a real dog or cat (just make sure you have some loveable stuffed animals to take their place)!


Read with your pet. Start the week with a trip to the library or bookstore and pick out some pet themed books. If you need inspiration, check out my list of the best dog books for preschoolers here. For cat lovers, you can't go wrong with Pete the Cat or Splat the Cat. Check out these favorites too:

Once you have your books picked out, take time today to read with your pet! This is great for both kids and pets alike - animals make wonderfully patient and nonjudgmental audiences to young readers, and kids will love sharing stories with their best friend. If you don't have a pet, a stuffed animal makes a great listener too.


Make a pet craft. Get crafty making something just for your pet!


If you have dogs, make them a cute DIY Dog Bandana to wear for the summer.  If you have a cat you can make him some easy cardboard roll cat toys.

Dogs and cats would both love a DIY treat jar or a pet themed picture frame.

No pet at home? Make some fun painted paw print rocks!


Pet Spa Day. Give your pet a spa day today! Give your dog a bubble bath or your cat a good brushing.

No pet at home? No problem! Set up this pretend play pet grooming salon and give all your stuffed animals a makeover.


Make treats for your pets. Make homemade treats for your dogs and cats! Choose one of these simple homemade dog treats recipes (the dog donuts are our favorite) or make these easy homemade cat treats.

If you don't have a pet, you can still make some treats for a pet that you know or to donate to your local animal shelter. Or make these adorable pupcakes for yourself!


Visit the Animal Shelter. Visiting your local animal shelter is the perfect field trip to end your pet themed summer camp week. Call ahead and you may be able to arrange a special tour, especially if you have a group of friends doing camp together!

Prepare for your trip by collecting pet supplies to donate, and by making thank you cards to give to the staff and volunteers that work hard to care for the animals.

If you're not able to visit an animal shelter in person, you can create your own pretend play animal shelter - get inspiration and printable props here!

Get More Summer Camp at Home Ideas

Want even more ideas for summer camp at home? Click here to see all 12 weeks of themed activities. With everything from LEGO to Sports to Cooking to STEAM, there is something for everyone!

And you can join us on Facebook for even more activities and summer fun!

Need supplies for your pet camp? Here you go!

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