What student doesn’t love learning about poop?!?

This program really focuses on the fact that just because we don’t see the animals, doesn’t mean they’re not there. They are all around us, and squirrel nests and bird nests are great examples in urban environments. There are mammals, birds, and reptiles that thrive in our city, even though we don’t always expect or see them. So it’s fun to learn different ways to track them, and go outside and explore.

We started off by reading “Who Pooped in the Park?” Smoky Mountains.

For pre-school, I skipped over some of the less exciting (relative) parts, to not lose their attention. This book is fun for talking about scat and how it all looks different depending on the animals.

Afterwards, using my mom’s play-dough recipe from the 1980’s, we sculpted different shapes of poop that is found at the end of the book.

For a tastier treat, there’s a recipe for raccoon scat you can find here.

I traced different animal tracks onto a piece of butcher paper (the stencils I had from Growing up Wild), and then made tracks out of sponges. We looked at all the different tracks, and pretended to be the different animals. Then we all did our own hand print, and used the sponges to make other animal tracks.

The best part of all of this, was going outside, and everyone yelling, “SCAT! I FOUND SOME POOP!” and legitimately getting exciting about poop.

If you want to add a more exciting time, try taking a salt-lick or some tasty treats, and putting it in the middle of a mud pile. See what awesome tracks you get!

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