Outdoor Activities for Kids

Animal Tracking

Make a mold from an animal track.
Make a mold from an animal track.

Can you tell which animal made which track? Here's a clever way to tell. Start by finding an animal track outside, and then make a record of it with this fun outdoor activity for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper clips
  • Coffee can
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing stick

Step One: Search outdoors for a paw print or animal track left imprinted in the dirt. Using four strips of cardboard, make a square collar around the track by inserting the cardboard into the dirt surrounding it.

Step Two: Fold and clip the edges of the strips together to secure the collar, if needed. Mix the plaster of Paris with water in a coffee can according to the directions, and pour the plaster into the collar.

Step Three: Let the plaster set for a half-hour. Then lift the plaster out, and set it on newspaper with the track side facing up. Dry overnight.

Step Four: Now you have a permanent record of the animal track. When you are done, throw out the coffee can; do not pour the remaining plaster of Paris into the sink!

Now that you have learned how to record animal prints, go to the next page to find out how to find hot spots on the ground.

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