What to do with a birthday party full of little six year olds when it is going to be in single digits and staying outside for over an hour is probably not a realistic option?
You make track mysteries for them to solve indoors!
Mystery #1 -
Mystery #2 -
Mystery #3 -
Mystery #4 -
Sam and I made these together and she had a blast helping me. She got to practice her cutting, doing some glueing and we talked a lot about the "stories" that we were creating on the posters.
The kids at the party were also SUPER into these mysteries. They knew the tracks better than I thought they would but they loved talking about what the animals might have been doing or what might have happened. They got very creative, which was awesome.
We also made track ID books for each kid using large rubber track stamps and some blank paper. They picked which stamps they wanted to put in their book (although I encouraged them to pick ones that we might see out on our short hike) and then we labeled them with the names of the animal. Each kid got to take home their track book.
After we had the inside portion of the party I did get the kids out for a little while to look for some tracks. They did great and we found rabbit, squirrel, deer, mouse and fox!
So, I greened Sam and a birthday party full of little six year olds! It was a good day.
The Nitty Gritty!
I just used online track pictures to make the track mysteries and then drew or cut out of construction paper the rest of the details. Super simple.
These would be good for bigger kids to make on their own, for schools to use as indoor activities or as track teaching tools for younger kids. Plus who doesn't love a good mystery!
Some of the questions that I asked the kids about the track mysteries -
- Is this happening in winter or summer? (one of mine was a summer mystery because it was depicting the birthday boy's favorite animal!)
- Does this animal look like it would be big or little?
- What animal do these tracks belong to?
- Where was this animal going?
- (If the tracks stopped or disappeared)Where did this animal go?
- What was the animal doing?
- Why are there tracks going in different directions?
- And much more!