Wet weather activities

It’s raining? Don’t worry, try these wet weather activities and your Big Wild Sleepout won’t be a wash out!

Day or night?

Which animals come out at night and which are about during the day? Here’s a quick and simple game that you can play in different ways to help you separate day from night, and have fun at the same time. 

What to do

Download and print out the sheet, then mount it on plain card. Cut out the individual squares.

The object then is to guess which pictures show day animals and which are night creatures. We’ve listed them all at the bottom to help.

Version one (memory test)

This is a memory test. One person shows everyone each of the pictures, and lays them out slowly, one by one, upside down into a square. Everyone takes turns to turn over a card, but they must say before they turn it over whether it will be night or day.

The winner is the person who remembers (or guesses) most times correctly. 

Version two (quick thinking test)

In this game for three people, one person is turning over cards, while two others are competing.

As the person turns over the card, the two others have to shout out whether it’s day or night. The first person to shout correctly gets the card. The winner is the person who has the most cards.

Version three (snap!)

Print out the sheet twice and have a game of snap!

Bat colours

When we’re out at night, the clever bits in our eyes that help us see colours don’t work properly in darkness. So when there’s not much light, we see the world in black and white.

Bats hunt at night for moths and midges, and they see everything in black and white too. They don’t see day animals like we do. 

What to do 

Print off the sheet and have some fun with colour.

You could give the pictures the colours that a bat might imagine the animals have. Bats might think that ladybirds are blue, for example! Make your pictures as wacky as you like!

Who said that?

Go exploring on the computer to create a quiz of night sounds. You’ll be amazed at the number and variety of different sounds that creatures of the dark make.

Test your family and friends to see how many they can work out. Some of them are quite amazing!

What to do

Some websites have brilliant archives of bird and animal sounds. The RSPB website has these night birds – tawny owl, barn owl and nightjar.

The British Library has a good selection of all wildlife. Try this fox, for example.

You’ll find clips of footage (often with sound) of all sorts of creatures on a great natural history website called Arkive

Or simply Google sounds of different creatures and pick the one you want to use. If you Google “cricket sounds”, for example, you will find both the Roesel’s bush cricket (on YouTube) and the dark bush cricket on the British Library website - have you heard these insects in summer?

Now try it…

You could build up a quiz-full by finding pages with sounds and then keeping them as favourites. If the sound you want is part of a long sequence, then keep a note of when it starts – for example, you might find something like “badgers playing and making lots of noises at 4 mins 32 seconds”. 

Barn owl Tyto alba, perched on fence post, Norfolk
Barn owl