Animal Crafts

Plaster Caster Animal Craft

Make a plaster caster animal craft.
Make a plaster caster animal craft.

Animal tracks can tell you a lot about the animal that made them. The plaster caster animal craft lets you make you own collection of long-lasting animal tracks.

Kids will love the process of making this animal craft, which involves searching for animal tracks outdoors and making a plaster cast of the tracks.

What You'll Need:

  • Long strip of cardboard
  • Paper clips
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Mixing container
  • Spoon
  • Acrylic paint (optional)

How to make a plaster caster animal craft:

Step 1: Find a muddy place where animals often visit. Stream banks and marshes are best since water attracts a wide variety of animals. You can also make a muddy patch in your backyard and bait it with a little food.

Step 2: Once you find a clear track, make a collar of stiff cardboard to fit around it. Paper clip the ends of the cardboard together and push the collar into the mud around the track.

Step 3: Mix plaster of Paris with water until it is pourable but not too thin. Pour about an inch of plaster into the collar. Let it set before removing. Handle the cast gently until you can get it home and let it dry completely.

Step 4: When it is dry, you can paint the track with acrylic paints if you want.

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