Today I am going to give you step by step instructions on how to make your own plaster of paris tracks. Some of you have been lucky enough to do this with me at Londolozi, now I’ll tell you how to do it at home!
What you need:
- A bucket for mixing
- 500g Plaster of paris (from your local pharmacy)
- A good stick for stirring
- Some strips of cardboard (optional)
- Stapler (optional)
- An adult to help you
What you need to do is find s nice track, often in mud is the best, don’t do it in dry sand or your track will just come out as a blob! Rory Kane-Berman, one of the children who lives at Londolozi, was my trusty tracker, and he found me a beautiful lion track!
We piled out of the car (always careful to look for animals) and started getting ready. I made a ring out of the cardboard strips and put it around the track (I only did this because I didn’t want the plaster to run, but if you have a nice deep track and you are sure the plaster isn’t going to run, you don’t have to do this.)
We then started to mix the plaster, you will have to see for yourself how much to mix, but I find that one box of plaster makes 2 tracks (our lion track was HUGE so we used a whole box). We poured the plaster into the bucket and then added water, stirring with a stick we found. The plaster needs to get sticky like porridge, you need to be able to pour it but it can’t be loose like water. (In all this excitement make sure that you don’t step on your track!)
When this is ready your can carefully pour it into your track. making sure that the plaster is evenly spread. You then leave it to dry, this should take about half an hour, but always feel it gently at first to check. When you pull it up it will be very dirty, just run it under some water and you will see your track clearly!
Remember that you don’t need to have a lion track to do this, you can find tracks of your pets in your garden and mould them!
Let me know what animal tracks you have moulded.