Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Play Dough and Animal Tracks

I don't know if you know this about me, but I went to school to be an Early Childhood Educator (ECE). In our schooling, we learned how to take pictures and document the learning of the children through play. As a mother, I find myself wanting to do this all the time. So today I indulged in it, as we did a new activity that really captured the interest of Kesten.
Kesten has really been loving my animal tracks book that he found a while back. He loves to flip through the pages and look at all the animals. We have also been taking lots of walks through the forest and we look for animal tracks as we go. Since it was so cold this morning (-35c), we decided to stay indoors and we made a batch of play dough together (from this recipe! A good one!) Instead of adding food colouring, we left it white, to look like snow. Next, we got all of our animal figurines and started making tracks in the snow.
 The "snow" quickly filled up with footprints.
 Kesten tried different techniques, like sliding the animals through the dough.
 We compared the tracks in the dough to the tracks in the book. I was impressed with how accurate a lot of them were.
 The moose tracks even left dew claw marks!
 Next, Kesten wanted to arrange all the animals on the dough. He took great care in placing them in the right spot. He would often pick up and move an animal several times until he was satisfied.
 At last! He wanted to make sure that all the animals had all their feet in the dough.
 Together we built a beaver dam using some willow sticks that I had cut earlier. Kesten then added all the other little animals into the dam.
 Another arrangement of the animals on the "snow" along with some "trees."
 As he was playing, he suddenly got off his chair and went over to the coffee table where the library books we got yesterday were sitting. He pulled off the book about moose and brought it back to his table to read. After flipping through it, he took it back and brought back the one about caribou.
What a fun way to spend this frosty morning! I love that his interest in our local animals is growing! We are both so into them right now, it is fun to explore this topic together.


  1. I loved this photo essay on Kesten's learning! He takes after his mama for sure!

  2. So much fun! I love the shot of all the animals on one dough- like a wildlife pizza!


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