Preschool activity | Animal tracks are not alike

Your children will enjoy process art with animal tracks!

For one of our last activities we did in our “not-alike” unit, we had fun painting with animal tracks… If your children love process art and pretend play with animals, they are sure to love this!

Preparing the Invitation to Create

I selected several toy animals that had different shapes of feet and that were different colors.  I decided to add the color element to this process just to keep it more interesting for the children and to help them easily notice the different tracks in their paintings…

How the Process Works

I put a folded paper towel into a Styrofoam tray and added paint on top of the paper towel.  The children simply pressed the animal feet onto the painted paper towel then made tracks across their paper…

Embracing the Process

I have to say the tracks didn’t really turn out all that great but the children really didn’t mind – they just enjoyed painting with the animals! Seeing them having fun and enjoying the process was so rewarding!

By |2018-12-21T21:48:23+00:00December 30th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Clemencia December 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    That is soooo cute! adorable way of teaching, have to copycat now lol

  2. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree January 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Love the animal track idea! I’ve seen an idea where children draw Animal tracks in the snow.

  3. Kim January 3, 2012 at 12:52 am - Reply

    What a great idea!! Thanks so much for posting. I can’t wait to do this one with my daughter.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 3, 2012 at 12:56 am - Reply

      You are welcome:)

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