Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Who Goes There?

Mister and Ladybug love to make fingerprints, so I thought they would enjoy a series of  "Who Goes There" activities as much as making fingerprints.  They did love all of these activities and I see footprints happening with all of our play animals.

We started out by reading Big Tracks, Little Tracks Following Animal Prints.  This book is part of the Stage 1 series of science books that are for preschool and kindergarten and Mister and Ladybug were captivated.  The book had a lot of our nocturnal animals and if it was actually nice weather, we would have went outside to look for nocturnal animal footprints.

We started out by making footprints using blue ink (kids' choice) and the nocturnal animals from the Nocturnal Animal Sensory Bin.

After they were satisfied with their ink footprints, they made muddy prints in the night.  They especially loved this activity and worked on it for over 30 minutes.  The footprints were hard to distinguish, but it was fun to listen to them make up stories about where their animals were going in the night.

A few days later, we made playclay for footprint matching.

Playclay - Art for Toddlers and Twos
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups warm water
Knead for 5-10 minutes

You can either let dry for a few days or bake for 1 hour at 325.

Don't leave the animals in like I have done for the picture.  We had to re-do the set because the animals stuck and there weren't any footprints.  The Wee One also made foot prints in some playclay.  She was skeptical about touching it at first, but realized it was a lot of fun.

While the playlay was baking we did a nocturnal and diurnal sort.  Mister and Ladybug worked together to sort animals they knew were nocturnal and animals they had to use clues (provided by me) to decide if they were nocturnal or diurnal.  The pictures were from an animal book I found for a few dollars at Half Priced Books.  It was above their reading level, but the pictures were great. 

When the playclay was cool Mister and Ladybug matched the footprints to the animals.

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