Try tracing animals tracks for a fun way to practice making curved and straight lines! In addition, kids will learn the unique animal track shapes while tracing over the dashed lines. Kids will love creating this giant-sized animal track poster, making this activity perfect for preschoolers to big kids. Try this one today to help kids work on their pencil grip, fine motor skills, animal track identification, and more!
My kids are so curious about the natural world! Lately they love looking for animal tracks in the snow, so I thought why not support their interests with a simple and fun activity. This one is jam packed with learning and looks so cute when complete! Hang it on the wall when finished and you have a sweet homemade DIY animal track identification poster!
Ready to make one?! You will need…
- Roll of paper
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Here’s What We Did:
Prepare your activity. Google animal tracks and try drawing a few that you think you can take on. Your kids won’t judge your drawing skills so remember, these don’t need to be perfect (just somewhat accurate)! I ended up going with deer, fox, raccoon, and turkey tracks. These tracks looked easy enough to draw and offered a nice mix of straight and curved lines for my kids to trace over. I drew them in pencil so I could easily erase any little mistakes.
Next, make a cute title for your activity to make it a little more inviting and label your animal tracks.
Go over your animal tracks with dashed lines. You can erase the pencil marks after this step if you would like.
Now invite your child to trace over the tracks! My first grade son tried tracing the tracks first. This was pretty easy for him, but still great fine motor practice! He was proud of the fact that he could read the animal names next to the tracks and loved looking at the tracks he completed:)
He traced over the raccoon, deer, and turkey before handing over the marker to his four year old brother. This was definitely more challenging for him, but he loved it! He really had to focus to stay on the dashed lines. He talked about the different shapes and sizes of the animal prints. “Look at these ovals I’m tracing, momma!”
He also counted the claws on the fox and raccoon tracks. There was a lot of concentration and learning going on here.
My boys wanted to trace more tracks, so I plan on adding more tracks to the poster as the week goes on!
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I hope you give this activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.
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