We have had three wonderful mailings to our tiny pals with our Toddlers To Go program. The program is at maximum capacity with thirty children representing 20 families. The most recent mailing was all about tracks,
What are tracks? Tracks are footprints or pawprints for animals and footprints and handprints for people. They are all different. Some are big, some are small. Some are round, some are pointy. Some are skinny and some are chubby.
Do you have animals? If so, ask an adult to help you look at their feet; both the top and bottom. My little girl cat, Kiki, has very tiny paws (those are cat feet) while her brother Sugar Plum has large paws. The bottoms of their paws are called pads. Paw pads are squishy. The pads help protect your cat when they jump about. They also allow cats to walk silently, kind of like you if you take off your boots or shoes and just walk in your socks. Sometimes KiKi and Sugar Plum hop in the bathtub and when they get out I can see their wet tracks, paw prints, on the floor.
There are lots of tracks outside too. You can see tracks in the dirt, mud and even the snow! Miss Marge made a weather wheel for each pal to color. Every day, they are to look out a window to see what the weather is and put the weather wheel pointer on the correct picture. If it rains or snows, go check for tracks; they will be super easy to see. Maybe a rabbit or bird will leave some tracks behind in your yard! When the snow comes I check my yard every day hoping to see DINOSAUR tracks!!!!!!
Another way to leave a track or print is with our fingers. Did you know everyone has their own special fingerprint? We do. To demonstrate that point we included a recipe for Thumbprint cookies. Press the dough with your thumb and take a look at how small your print is compared to your mom’s, dad’s, grandma’s or grandpa’s.
The packet also had a track book of animals and their footprints to color. Finally, each child received their special book to keep, National Geographic’s Farm Animals. These “keeping books”, to help build each child’s home library, are generously funded by the Gehring Family. If you know of someone who has cows or horses ask if you may get a look at their feet, called hooves. You will be very surprised how BIG they are. Remember, when you approach any animal, move slowly and carefully.
One of our Tiny Pals lives with a giant dog. Here is a super cute picture of him gently exploring his dog’s paw.