For a recent Cub camp, a leader wanted to run an activity (or "base") making plaster casts of animal tracks.

Unfortunately, the camp site is so well-used that the few animal tracks we get on the site tend to be quickly trampled down by hundreds of size three trainers, so I decided to provide some predictable tracks for the Cubs to cast. 

Step 1: Tools and Materials

I made these from scrap wood (pine, about 21mm thick), using a scroll saw, glue, a sharp knife and a rotary tool with a sanding bit and the "dentist burr" bit.

To actually leave tracks, you need a mallet or a firm footstep.
Hmm, wouldn't happen to have made any Bigfoot tracks?
Sorry, didn't have enough wood...
Nice, simple idea (they're always the best..;) )..<br> <br> Just a couple of suggestions:<br> <br> Given the amount of use these will probably get, a few single-thread wood screws should help the glue hold them together (obviously, they'd need countersinking, for safety).<br> <br> If you're going to try making actual 'trails' to follow, you might want to mark the 'front' of each piece, so's your 'badger' doesn't suddenly twist a foot 180-degrees...
Absolutely solid advice - the ground of the camp remained too hard to take prints all weekend. When attempting to force some prints with a large mallet, the deer stamp lost half the hoof.
Cool! You should make some elephant tracks, that will confuse them :)
Put some sticky mud on them and tracks to the refridgerator and you can fool friends into thinking your dog ate the food instead of you ;D <br> <br>Soo going to try this!
Deer and badger prints but where's the Bigfoot print?
Nice job, did you take a picture of the tracks?
Not yet - the ground in my garden is too hard at the moment, but rain is forecast over the next couple of days (just well, since the camp starts tomorrow...).
I like it
Thank you!

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