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