To do: Learn about animal tracks and head outside to find some.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: The book “Big Tracks, Little Tracks”
Has your child ever been enthralled by the tracks his or her shoes make in fresh snow? Or perhaps in the sand while at the beach?
Just like you leave ‘tracks’ with your shoes or feet, so too do animals leave evidence of their wanderings. To dig deeper into animals and the tracks they leave, we invite you to read the book “Big Tracks, Little Tracks” with your child, then head outside to find some animals tracks!
First, think of animals that you’ve seen near your house. Cats, dogs, squirrels, birds, or rabbits might all be animals common to a backyard.
Next, check out these tracks from Nature Tracking.
Have a conversation about the tracks you see! How are rabbit tracks different from cat tracks? How do they walk or run?
Finally, head outside to try to locate some animal tracks! Wait for a fresh snow or rain when the ground is soft and it will be easier to spot tracks. If you can’t find any evidence, try leaving your own footprints!
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