There are many different types of animals that live in Alberta. Many of them are quite secretive and try to avoid people, so we don't see them that often. One of the ways we can tell if an animal has been in a certain area is if there are tracks on the ground that the animal left behind as it walked through. Each animal has a unique type of track. Think about what a dog's footprint looks like, then think about what your own footprint looks like. They look different, because dogs and people are different types of animals! What other animal tracks have you seen before?
What You'll Need
- Permanent marker
- Paint & paper plate/painting tray to put it on
- Paint brush
- Hot glue gun
What to Do
- Research animal footprints so you can figure out what kind of animal track stamps you want to make.
- Click here for an online animal track identification guide!
- Or, if you have EALT's Nature Kit for Kids, you can use your Animal Tracks Identification Guide (pictured to the right) to see what different kinds of tracks animals make.
- Once you have chosen the different tracks that you want to make, use a permanent marker to draw the outlines of the animal tracks onto the sponges.
- You will need an adult to help you with the next 3 steps. Using a pair of scissors, cut out the sponge along the lines to make it into the shape of your animal track. Make sure you cut out the toes and claws! (Take a look at the examples in the photo to the right)
- Now, cut out pieces of cardboard that are a little bit bigger than the animal track.
- Using a hot glue gun, an adult will glue the sponges onto the cardboard to make your animal track. Wait for the glue to cool before using your stamp.
- Pour some different colours of paint on a paper plate or painting tray, and get your paper ready to paint on.
- Dip the animal track stamp into the paint, and stamp it onto your page!
- Try out different types of tracks, use different colours, and create an awesome painting with many different wildlife tracks on it.
- Make sure you write the name of the animal under each different type of track after so you don’t forget.
- Bundle up and go for a walk outside to see how many different animal tracks you can find in the snow . Do any of the tracks you see look like the ones you just made?
- What do your own tracks look like? How are they different from the animal tracks you made?
- Did you make tracks for animals that you can find in Alberta?
- Have you seen animal tracks outside in nature before? When can you see animal tracks the best?