Picture of Animal Tracks for Plaster Casting.
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

Picture of 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.
Eye Poker2 years ago
Hmm, wouldn't happen to have made any Bigfoot tracks?
Kiteman (author)  Eye Poker2 years ago
Sorry, didn't have enough wood...
karlpinturr2 years ago
Nice, simple idea (they're always the best..;) )..

Just a couple of suggestions:

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).

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...
Kiteman (author)  karlpinturr2 years ago
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 :)
vishalapr2 years ago
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

Soo going to try this!
CoonX2 years ago
Deer and badger prints but where's the Bigfoot print?
BrittLiv2 years ago
Nice job, did you take a picture of the tracks?
Kiteman (author)  BrittLiv2 years ago
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...).
Bobey2 years ago
I like it
Kiteman (author)  Bobey2 years ago
Thank you!