Children and Pets

boy sitting in front of dog
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on August 28, 2022 and last updated on July 24, 2023

Exploring the topic of Children and Pets is a delightful way for English learners to enhance their language skills. This engaging subject offers a vast range of vocabulary related to emotions, daily routines and animal behaviour.

Through discussions on the unique bond between children and their furry companions, learners can practice descriptive language and storytelling. Moreover, exploring the benefits of having pets at a young age encourages learners to express opinions and share personal experiences.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Children and Pets

Children and pets share a remarkable and heartwarming bond that goes beyond companionship. Growing up with pets can teach children valuable life lessons, such as responsibility, empathy and respect for other living beings. Whether it’s caring for a loyal dog, playful cat or gentle rabbit, the presence of animals in a child’s life can positively influence their emotional development and overall well-being.

This nurturing relationship creates lasting memories and fosters a sense of compassion that extends into adulthood, shaping kinder and more compassionate individuals.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • beneficial (adjective)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • personally (adverb)
  • responsibility (noun)
  • take into account (phrase)
  • consider (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are the best pets for children?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • Did you have any pets when you were a child?
  • What responsibilities do children have when taking care of a pet?
  • Do you think children are responsible enough to look after pets?
  • How can pets help children in their life?
  • How can pets provide comfort and companionship to children, especially during difficult times?
  • Have you ever witnessed a special bond between a child and their pet?
  • Do you think all children should have the opportunity to have a pet?
  • How can parents teach their children to be gentle and respectful towards animals?
  • Is it better for children to have one pet or multiple pets at home?
  • What could be the negative side of having a pet and children?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.