Whose Tracks Are These? Footprint Craft & Bulletin Board Idea

Elementary Interactive Winter Bulletin Board Idea
Photo Source: Classroom Displays and Bulletin Boards | Jacie Feinberg

This cute display by Jacie Feinberg, contributor to the website Classroom Displays and Bulletin Boards, shows that interactive bulletin boards can be fun for kids and adults! Pulling from her winter animal unit, Feinberg had her students make their own "tracks", then hid each students' picture underneath their footprints and invited parents to guess which prints belonged to their child. Students had a great time creating the board and the use of bright classic colors makes this a great addition to the classroom for any season!

"Whose Tracks Are These?" Crafts

Cover the floor of your crafting area with newspaper or a drop cloth. Set up chairs in a circle around the protected area and set two sheets of white drawing paper at each chair. Have students pick a partner and paint station. With paint brushes and shallow dishes of washable paint in assorted colors, have students take turns painting each others' feet and guiding them to the drawing paper to create footprints. (NOTE: The 'unpainted' should prepare wet and dry paper towels from the washing station to assist their partner in cleaning the paint off.)

Provide students with large, 12" x 18" sheets of construction paper. Have students fold the paper in half ("hamburger style"), cut out their dried footprints, and glue them onto the front of the folded paper (fold at the top). Feinberg had students match the construction paper to the paint color which looks fantastic! Inside the construction paper "folder", have students glue a picture of themselves and script their name at the bottom.

Whose Tracks Are These? Bulletin Board

  • Background: Orange background paper.
  • Title: "Whose Tracks Are These?"
  • Border: Plain blue scalloped bulletin board trimmer or complimentary patterned border.
  • Decoration: Use your students' creations.

The great thing about this board is that it gets both students and parents involved! Although, you could also create an animal print board to supplement the theme using this same concept. Print out photos of actual animal tracks for the front then have students flip the construction paper up to find out what animal the prints belong to.

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