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Australian Animal Track Prints

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Children will learn to "track" the footprints of different Australian animals.

Materials Needed:

  • Small Sand tray
  • Australian animal figurines (koala, dingo, echidna, dingo, kangaroo, wombat, platypus, emu etc.). 
  • Sand
  • Printable animal tracks (many choices available on google)

What to do:

  • Set up the sand in the sand tray
  • Add the animal figurines and cards around the sand tray.
  • Encourage the child to place the animal in the sand to print their footprints.
  • The child matches the animal footprints to the card.
  • Repeat until all the animals are matched with their footprints.

Hints and Tips:

  • Use playdough instead of sand
  • Paint can also be used to print the animal track.
  • Group discussion - talk about how the Indigenous people used animal tracks to search for different types of animals.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 1 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play
  • Interest Areas: Science and Nature, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:
    • 4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.
    • 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.
Last modified on Sunday, June 27, 2021
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