We are gearing up for a fun unit about Woodland animals and I wanted to create a hands-on way for my tot and kindergartner to learn about animal tracks. I decided to use a white clay recipe from The Imagination Tree to create homemade clay animal tracks.
I wanted to make the clay without helpers since it involved the stove. This recipe only calls for baking soda, cornstarch and water so it was very easy to throw together. I was able to cook this clay and create the homemade animal tracks without Lil’ Red even knowing what I was doing. So this was a very quick to set-up.
I rolled the dough out on a plastic tray after being sprinkled with cornstarch. I wanted to have one clay disk per animal so I found a few different circle containers to use as a cookie cutter since my metal circle was too big. I used a Tupperware snack cup at first but wouldn’t have gotten all 12 toob animal tracks made! I re-rolled the clay and used a smaller icing cup from a tube of biscuits. This worked perfectly to get all 12 homemade animal track caly disks made.
I had to carefully move them to another plastic surface to dry. I used a Pampered Chef stone cleaner to slide underneath the clay disks. I also wanted to know which animal went with which disk. I placed each animal back onto it’s corresponding animal track clay disk and took a picture. Good thing I did cause some tracks had changed slightly during moving them. I also have a guide until they are dry and I can label the backs just in case they are harder then expected to match up.