Making animal tracks (even if the tracks look nothing like actual animal tracks) is another activity that inspires a level of dramatic play along with working on other skill areas.
During this activity, my son worked on:
1) Fine motor skills -He worked on manipulating the farm animals to make tracks on the paper
2) Gross motor skills -This activity required whole arm movements so he got a lot of practice coordinating those muscles
3) Sensory -He got to feel the difference in texture between the hard farm animals, cool paint, and smooth paper
4) Problem-solving -He experiment with different levels of pressure on the animals to create the tracks. He quickly learned that too much pressure wouldn’t let him do what he wanted.
5) Inspire creativity/imagination
-We talked about what the animals were doing (running, walking, drinking water, sleeping)
6) Build language -Extra opportunities to talk in parent-led conversations helps language areas that need more attention. For my son, we spend time just answering each other’s questions.