Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Making Tracks
Create your own animal foot prints

by Melissa Trumpey, Director of Public Events and Family Programs,

February 01, 2014

Animals are all around us Ė cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, birds, deer and more. All of these animals leave tracks behind as they pass through an area. Snow provides us with a wonderful opportunity to observe animal tracks. Take a walk around your yard or head to a local park and see what kinds of animal tracks you can find.

When you have discovered some animal footprints and are ready to warm up, head inside and try this activity to create your own animal tracks.

Supplies needed:

Styrofoam plates cut into squares

Wooden craft stick

Printed images of animal tracks (these can be found on the Internet)

Ink pads

Plain paper



  1. Cut out the image of an animal footprint.

  2. Tape the image on top of the Styrofoam square.

  3. Trace around the image using the craft stick. Be sure you are pressing hard enough to make indentations in the Styrofoam.

  4. Remove the image and you will see an animal track in the Styrofoam.

  5. Turn your track upside down and gently press it onto the ink pad.

  6. Press your inked animal track on your paper and pick up slowly. You should see an image of your animal track on your paper.

  7. Repeat as often as you like to create a wonderland of animal tracks.

Donít forget to make your own tracks to The Childrenís Museum of Indianapolis to visit our newest exhibit, Animal Secrets. You will discover nature from an animalís point of view!

Animal Secrets will be open February 8 - May 5, 2014. Learn more at

Animal Secrets was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional support provided by the Collins Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust.