As kids make tracks with animal toys, have them look at the toy feet and consider these questions. What do the feet look like? What shape are they? Do some creatures (like elephants and sauropod dinosaurs) have similar looking feet? Are their tracks similar, too?
I hope these wildlife footprint activities are a great source of fun and education for your family. Make sure you keep your animal foot prints in an envelope so you can use them again and again! Have you found any animal prints lately?
Finding animal tracks with your family is a great way to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors! To help you and your little ones get started, read through these helpful tips on finding and identifying the tracks you may see, or jump to the list of tracks here!
In addition to the excitement that surrounds all of our Christmas activities, we are going to be exploring forests and forest animals this month. Many of the characters in our Christmas books are forest animals, so I thought it would be a great way to tie everything together.
Then we used our globe to review the continents we have talked about already this school year (Africa and South America). We found Europe and North America, and I told the kids we would be talking mostly about animals from forests on these two continents.
We are using many parts of the Forest Unit from 2 Teaching Mommies. After reading about animal tracks we used our sand trays to practice making our own tracks, with hands and feet. Then we looked at the animals tracks matching page and tried to recreate some of the animal tracks. The kids had fun making different tracks in the sand, but it was a bit tricky to make most of the prints.
When your child finds tracks, ask them to study the shape of each footprint to help identify it. They should also look for toe marks. The toes point the way the animal was going so follow the tracks to see where they lead. They may reveal an animal searching for food, perhaps even following another animal.
It's also fun to follow any tracks you find and try to figure out what the animal was doing. Follow their trails through wild habitats and discover different activities they might be engaging in. From feeding areas to bedding or roosting sites, underground shelters, interactions with other animals and more, you'll soon discover many secrets of their winter world.
I printed one set for every 4 students. These animal track clay stamps are created from files you can download at the 3D animal tracks project. Isabella has used software that turns 40+ images of a track into a 3D map that can be printed.
Each student will need their own slab of clay for this project. You can prep this using a clay roller to roll clay and cut it into similarly sized squares, or rectangles. This clay will provide the base for their animal tracks project.
Ask if footprints can tell a story. Ask them to think of a story of animals in a forest, any story they choose, how would they show this story only using animal tracks? Once students are warmed up you can present the stamps, clay, and supplies.
We extended this activity by making animal tracks inside too! We used animal figurines, nature items, and of course play dough to explore the footprints of different types of common North American wildlife.
Questions like the ones above allow the children to use their critical thinking skills and problem solve in the preschool outdoor classroom. As children take a closer look at the animal tracks, they begin to understand the spatial layout of the track. They can observe how far apart the tracks are or how many feet the animal walks on.
One of the most prominent features of this display was a huge wall of white paper that had different animal tracks coming up from the bottom. These animal tracks, all from different animals, led to white pieces of paper at the top that were hiding a picture of the animal that each set of tracks belonged to.
Animal tracks (and animal scats!) are a way to teach children how to identify animals by the prints they leave behind. Nature-Watch has a variety of different animal tracking tools, including replica tracks and rubber stamp sets, to help kids learn to become expert animal trackers!
Try this animal track activity for a fun way to practice curved and straight lines! In addition, kids will learn the unique animal track shapes while tracing over the dashed lines. Kids will love creating their very own poster, making this activity perfect for preschoolers to big kids. Try this activity to help kids work on their pencil grip, fine motor skills, animal track identification, and more!
My kids are so curious about the natural world! Lately they love looking for animal tracks in the snow, so I thought why not support their interests with a simple and fun activity. This animal track activity is jam packed with learning and looks so cute when complete! Hang it on the wall when finished and you have a sweet homemade DIY animal track identification poster!
Now invite your child to trace over the tracks! My first grade son tried tracing the tracks first. This was pretty easy for him, but still great fine motor practice! He was proud of the fact that he could read the animal names next to the tracks and loved looking at the tracks he completed:)
Outdoor activities for kids encourage youngsters to explore the natural world. From making animal tracks to digging for fossils, kids can apply their scientific -- and creative -- minds to big questions in the backyard.
Whether you live in a place where it snows a lot or you live in a place that never gets snow, Snow Dough is awesome! So many kids love sensory play, animals, and classic books so I decided to put them all together with a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and learning. Have you made snow dough yet?
My kids love measuring things. I figured it was time to put the desire to measure into context as we measured the animal footprints. The printout I created shares an average size of animal tracks for 11 different animals (with three animals showing both front and hind paw prints to show the difference in size). It is important to understand that various animals are different sizes, and since my daughter has seen many of the animals in real life, on the screen, and in books, it helped her to put them in context when she saw that their paws were different sizes.
As we practiced measuring the animal tracks, we discussed starting at zero, different units of measure (inches versus centimeters), and finding partial units. Since my youngest is only in Kindergarten, I focused on half inches and full inches for this project. That was challenging enough for her!
As soon as she was done with all the measuring, my daughter jumped up ready to go outside and find animal tracks in our own yard. The unfortunate fact was that we did this activity on a day shortly after the snow had melted and the weather had once again plunged below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. (This is a frequent occurrence, one of the down sides of living in Chicagoland.) She was undaunted. We bundled up and headed outside, although I admit we only made it about 7 minutes before we both ran back inside!
Explore the world through the eyes of animals. Kids 3 to 5 go off on an animal adventure and learn through play with hands-on activities like animal finger puppets and a habitat sticker book. This fun-filled activity bundle also includes activity booklets, trading cards, stickers, and even a world map for your wall.
2.) Comparing animal tracks: This simple activity from Teach Preschool combines animals and art. You simply take plastic animals, dip their feet in paint and press them on paper. Then, you have your preschoolers compare and contrast the different tracks.
7.) Paper plate sheep: This is one of our favorite farm animal activities for preschoolers. You only need five items for this easy arts and crafts project from Housing a Forest. It can also be a great science activity that explores different textures by substituting cotton balls for the shredded paper.
I just used 7 of the puzzles (7 woodland animals) for this activity along with Safari Ltd. figures. I used figures for the activities here from the Safari Ltd. North American Wildlife TOOB and Nature TOOB.
At Elite Education, they discussed how different animals make different kinds of tracks. Some animals have claws, others have hooves, it can really vary! Inspired by all they learned, the kids had fun doing an animal tracking painting craft!
Animal tracking is an important part of living in a hunter-gathering society, so it can always be explored as a part of culture or history lesson. But do modern kids have a use for knowing animal tracks? You bet!
When learning a new language, we start with ABCs. In the world of animal tracking, that would be the most common types of footprints, and those are the ones we included in this printable game of animal tracks. The kids will have an opportunity to study them in a playful manner, while playing one of two suggested games.
Use labelled track cards while learning to identify the tracks. Use non-labelled track cards for added complexity. Place the cards in a grid. Take turns temporarily revealing two cards from the grid. If the cards revealed show the animal and its tracks, the player who revealed the cards gets to keep them. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Look closely at the woodland floor to see if you can find animal footprints, known as tracks. Soft mud, frost and snowy ground are good areas to good explore as paw prints and hoof marks show up more clearly.
Opossums often den in old woodchuck holes and other burrows, and the animals follow a routine. This means there is often a well-used trail where their tracks are easily visible. While I have seen opossum tracks in the snow, cold weather is not optimal for these creatures. They have steadily expanded their range north, but when temperatures dip, their tails often suffer from frostbite. 2b1af7f3a8