Friday, May 22, 2009

On the Hunt for Animal Tracks!

Today is the day that finally arrived for my girls- a mini-camping trip with Dad! On their agenda is fishing, hiking, shooting bows and arrows, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on the fire, and searching for animal tracks! My husband even brought plaster of paris for the kids to make molds of the tracks that they find. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. I applaud his effort though in planning something so cool for the kids.

Well, the teacher in me had to help out, so I printed out a two page guide that has just about every animal track on it imaginable. They each get their own guide, even hubby. I'm so excited to hear all about their adventures this weekend. (And yes, I'm staying home. Wooo Hooo! I shouldn't sound that excited now should I? Well, I adore my girls, but right now the silence is wonderful. It's not very often that Momma gets time to herself, so I'm taking it all in.)

As I was researching for animal tracks, I came across an awesome website containing a plethera of ideas, books, activities, you name it relating to animal tracks.
http://www.squidoo.com/animal_tracks

Other resources that may be helpful if you are more interested in animal tracking:
Environmental Education for Kids
Fun School Animal Tracks Game
Bear Tracker: Mammals (cool blown up photos of each track and info about the animal)

Happy Tracking!

Jen

5 comments:

Sherry said...

Thanks for the links. I look forward to checking them out. :)

They're going to have a blast!

Evelyn said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments on my site. How was the girl's day with their dad? What tracks did they discover?

ParentingPink said...

Wow! Sounds like the girls are going to have a blast! I used to be a girl scout back in the day and I LOVED camping and exploring.

Hey, doesn't that mean you get a little "quiet mommy time" to yourself while their gone???? ENJOY!

Jen said...

The kids found the following tracks: racoon, turkey, and a fawn. They made a really cool mold of the racoon track.

Thanks for the comments!

Jen

Lynnie said...

What a great activity! Hope you enjoyed your relaxation day!

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