Early in the morning, creep out to see if the grass is covered in dew. If there is, you’ll be delighted because your children will love going outside to make animal prints in the dewy grass.
When dew is formed on the grass, it creates a layer that makes it appear lighter than it actually is and when you jump on the dewy grass, it releases the droplets and the nice dark wet grass can be seen underneath. This makes it perfect to create animal tracks in the grass. The girls absolutely loved every minute of this activity and your will too!
Try these Animal prints in the dewy grass:
- Kangaroo – big, long jumps.
- Snake – use your feet to slip through the grass and curl the animal track around to look like a snake.
- Mouse – little tiptoeing steps on the grass
- Frog – jump on all fours.
Of course, you can add arm movements and even the animal sounds too (just be careful not to wake up the neighbours!)
Once you’ve made your tracks in the grass, compare them. Which is your favourite? Which most looks like the animal’s footprint track? Which did you enjoy making the most? Which track is easiest to see in the grass?
You may get some cute grassy feet at the end of this activity too!
Follow on activities
- Do your children love to move like animals? Animal Movement Dice
- Learn how dew is formed
- Search for spider webs covered in dew
- Find out what animals drink the morning dew
kirri @ kirri white coaching says
Looks like fun Pen and a great reminder to take your shoes off and play bare-feet.
I recently learned that going barefoot on the grass/earth/sand is very healing. Something to do with the pass of electrons from the earth to our feet – it helps support a strong immune system along with reduced inflammation and increased energy.
Oooo I didn’t know that Kirri! I’ve always felt that having your kids barefoot is important to their physical development but I love that it has all those other benefits too. It was a super short, quick post today because I just have so much on at the moment, I would have like to go into the benefits of running around barefoot too. Perhaps when everything settles down, I’ll ask you for some of that info and do a little paragraph on it for in the post.
Great idea Penny! Unfortunately my Ruby hates the grass stuck to her feet at the moment but I think she would like watching us make the prints!! Gorgeous girls in those pics xx
Miss Poss doesn’t usually like getting messy either. I just told her that as soon as she’s ready, we can go and wash the grass off. She seemed quite happy with that and it prolonged her need to have to wash it off, hence enjoying the activity a whole lot more. I can’t believe I have a child that wants to stay clean all the time. Crazy!
Mud Hut Mama says
You have the best ideas! I love this – if only we had a nice lawn to try it on. You got some pretty great photos too!
I’m sure you could do it in the dirt. Oooo, I’d love to see that. Mimic those elephant footprints for me lol.
Mums Take Five says
Cute! Gosh the girls are getting big fast x
I know. So, so sad. I want them to stay toddlers forever. I’m so glad I’m a blogger. I can just go back to my posts and enjoy the innocent baby faces of my girls when ever I like. Why do they have to grow up though?!
I can see my kids enjoying leaping all around the yard. Would look cool from our balcony above as well. Shared on sulia and the rest 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing Deb. Where we we’re moving has a balcony, yippee and you’re right it would look brilliant from the balcony. Although we don’t have any grass there… yet. But we will do eventually 🙂
Renee @ Adventures at home with Mum says
I usually use a little baby powder to do bunny prints on Easter.
Heheheh Your neighbours would of given you some strange looks if they woke up at 4am to see you jumping about the lawn.
Thanks for sharing, my son is so active and would really enjoy doing this 🙂
Thanks for visiting Renee! Yes, I should have just gone with the baby powder or flour but I don’t know, I just forgot! I thought it would be cute to make footprints in the grass, but yes, it was took cold for me in the end ( I hate the cold). So, have to use the baby power next year I think!
first, I LOVE the photo of your little one’s feet all covered in grass. Beautifully captured! Second, we were just talking about the morning dew so your post was very timely. I will have to try this sometime with my boys!
He he, that’s my favourite picture too. Had the neighbours been able to see me, they might of thought I was quite odd!
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
This is such a sweet idea! Pinned 🙂
Thanks Kylie, glad you liked it 🙂
Danya Banya says
Oh that looks like so much sensory fun! My little one would both love and hate having her feet covered in wet grass like this – a good reason to encourage her to have a go (and have a towel handy for when the stimulus is too much for her.) Pinned!