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Collect animal footprints

Collect animal footprints

Follow FizzicsEd 150 Science Experiments:

You will need:

Plaster of Paris


A Bowl

Collect animal footprints -materials needed
1 Collect animal footprints - mixing the plaster of paris

After rain, mix up the plaster of paris with water. Dont make it too thick as you want a good mold

2 Collect animal footprints - going on a bushwalk

Walk through your park or garden to find animal prints in mud patches

3 Collect animal footprints -pouring plaster of paris into print

Gently pour the plaster into the impression made by the animal – it’s cast

4 Collect animal footprints -allowing plaster to dry

Allow to dry. The time taken to dry is dependent on how wet your plaster solution is

5 Collect animal footprints - animal print

Compare the print with a book of animal tracks in your local library

6 Collect animal footprints -pushing hand into sand

Press your hand into the mud and make a mold of your own hand!

Australian animals can be hard to find in bushland.

Ecologists use traces of animals to work out which animals inhabit an area. Traces can include tracks, fur, feathers, nests, hollows in trees and even their droppings!

Check out the following link: What scat is that

Learn more!

From basic ecology to digital microscopy, we’ve got your living things unit covered!
Get in touch with FizzicsEd to find out how we can work with your class.


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