Paw Prints Painting Activity


My 5 year old daughter and I had a blast making this Paw Prints Painting Activity.  After reading books on animal tracks, we decided to become nature detectives together.  We started looking for various animal tracks (primarily paw prints) in the backyard and around the neighborhood.  This then led to an indoor activity with paint…hence the Paw Prints Painting Activity.

You will need: plastic animal figures, washable paint, construction paper or card stock, activity trays (or newspaper) and wipes (or paper towels).

1.  Using activity trays or newspaper, set-up an area to paint.  Include paper, paint, plastic animals, and wipes.

2.  After a read-aloud on animal tracks and/or paw prints, encourage your kiddo to make animal tracks and paw prints.  Prompt them to dip the animals feet (paws, etc.) into the paint to make the prints.  They can even use their hands to make fingerpaint prints (as my daughter did).  She also discovered that Q-tips make adorable little guinea pig (of course!) prints.

3.  Quiz each other on which paw prints or animal tracks belong to which animal.  My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this part!  She thought it was hilarious when I guessed pig prints to what should have been raccoon prints (hey…they look similar!).



Some cute books about paw prints and animals tracks include: (Thank you for your support of Letters In The Sand by clicking and purchasing through the links below).

Tracks, Scats and Signs

Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks

In the Woods: Who’s Been Here?

Paw Prints

Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature’s Footprints

Purple Paw Prints

Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints


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18 thoughts on “Paw Prints Painting Activity

  1. What a great idea to teach your children about animal footprints and to get them to do an art project all at the same time. Thanks for sharing your lesson at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  2. What a cute idea to do with children. I will keep this in mind for the kids I work with at my church! Thanks for sharing~

    I came over on Turn it up Tuesday, and I’m glad to find your site~

    Hope you will have a blessed day today,

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Melanie. I hope the kids at church enjoy it! You could also tie in animals from the Bible (Noah’s Ark, Creation, etc.) and do a whole “Animals in the Bible” theme/lesson. Just a thought…

  3. What a great activity! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week! I love having you!! Pinned!

    1. Letters In The Sand is honored to be featured on Hands-On Summer Learning with Family Fun Friday! Thank you for hosting. I look forward to joining again. 🙂

  4. We have lots of plastic animals and dinosaurs. I think this would be a fun activity. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.

    1. Thank you for hosting. Letters In The Sand is honored to be featured! I look forward to seeing the other animal activities for kids you are featuring!!

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