Tracks in the snow
Recently we’ve focused on tracks. Its been so cold here (like -40C) so we’ve been a bit confined to the house, maybe not the best time to be looking for animal tracks but fun none the less.
To start we made our own tracks. I set up a sort of foot print making assembly line and had the kids take turns going across it. I placed a bucket with black paint at the start, followed by a long sheet of paper and then a damp towel at the end for clean up. The kids had a blast and have asked to repeat the activity since then. My daycare families really appreciated the finished products as well.
Animal tracks in play dough
I made a batch of my usual cooked play dough and left it white to resemble snow. I then had the children flatten it and make marks with some little toy animals. What was really cool is that some of the animals actually made accurate tracks. Once the kids were done exploring the prints they went on to some imaginary play- creating homes for the animals and people, and starting up a bit of a dialogue and story line.
There are so many great resources on-line and so I searched around and found some animals and their matching prints. I glued them onto construction paper and shuffled them up creating a matching game. You could also have the kids make a little book with one or two animals per page.
Animal Track Painting
Using the same animals as the above play dough activity we made paint prints. I set up a tray of paint with the animals and let the children explore.
The best activity is a walk if the weather permits or you live somewhere that animals cross often. We have found the usual cat, dog and people tracks so far.
Well it was a pretty fun week spent indoors, hopefully things will warm up soon. Happy tracking!