Plaster Of Paris Animal Foot Prints

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Kids love the great outdoors, especially if it’s a special wildlife hunt, these two loved our animal adventure.  We went to a well-known local badger sett and managed to find a few badger footprints in the soil by their sett.   We cast the badgers foot prints with plaster of paris.  They loved it (so did I!), and what a fantastic piece of treasure for them to take home!

Take your smalls on an animal adventure to your local woods and see what footprints you can find in the soil.  You can cast any footprint, use your imagination you could make a “dinosaur print” and cast it, or a dogs footprint could be a tigers print!  The possible are endless..

What you’ll need;

  • Plaster of paris – you can buy it from most craft shops or amazon
  • 1 bottle of water
  • 1 stirring stick – I used a lolly pop stick
  • 1 disposable cup

How to cast the footprint (this amount is for a badger/dog/deer print)

  1. Add 4/5 tbsp (about half a childs plastic cup full) plaster of paris to your cup
  2. Pour in about 4 tbsp of water, stir mixing the water a powder together, you need to make a smooth runny paste, the consistency of batter! Do not make it to runny as it will never set, but it needs to be runny enough to easily pour into all parts of the foot print. Do this all quite quickly as it starts to set after a minute or so.
  3. Leave for 10/15 minutes to set.  Touch it after 10 minutes and if its firm/hard, gently pull it out the soil.
  4. We brushed ours clean of soil when we got home with a small brush.  Proper treasure! Enjoy.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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