15 Minutes - Rainy Days
and Nature Nights

We aren't all about sunshine and fair weather here at Nature Days HQ - Getting out into Nature can be fantastically rewarding any time of day or night. Getting out and playing in the rain is wonderful for building resilience in the little ones too.

Make a mini raft for puddle racing

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Gather some twigs and make a ship to sail the seven puddles!

Go on a Bat Hunt

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It's dusk-what better to do than go looking for Bats! Check out the link for useful facts your kids will love about Bats. Look in the Where Bats Live section for tips on how to find bats.

Enjoy a Story Walk

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Find a sheltered spot on your night time route and play the Story Game-Check out the link for ideas. You could also bring a favourite book to read by torch light-how many flying bugs come to listen too?

Star Gazing

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Go outside on a clear night and get lost in the constellations. Can anyone spot a shooting star? Use a star gazing App like SkyView to add to the experience!

Find a tree rain shelter

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Find a good shelter spot and add to it with branches lying around the area. A perfect spot for secret rain meetings or a rain picnic!

After Dark Moth Hunt

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Hang a sheet on the washing line, point your flash light onto it and wait for the flying Moths of the night to descend. Use this easy printable to name your finds.

Worm Hunt

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Go out and find worms after the rain stops- that's when they come out!

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Puddle Jumping Contest

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See who can throw the best body shapes while jumping in puddles

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Quick Flashlight treasure hunt

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What could be more exciting for little ones (and bigger ones too)!

Go on a bird walk at dusk

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Birds are very active as the light fades so take some time to watch and listen

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Check out the moon phase

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Watching the moon on a clear night is spellbinding. A great opportunity for learning too.

Go on a torch walk

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Bringing a torch adds so much fun to your walk. Pick up some inexpensive torches when you see them on offer or make a lantern to use on a calm night, such fun! LINK.

Explore the night sky

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Half the fun of stargazing is watching your kids cultivate a sense of curiosity and wonder for the world around them. Use one of the many Apps to help locate the planets and constellations- SkyView

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Have a rain picnic

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Bring a flask of something warm like hot chocolate, find shelter from the rain in your garden or park

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Look for animal tracks

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See if you can identify the tracks made on the ground with this handy downloadable guide

Measure the rainfall

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How much rain is falling when you watch a heavy shower? All you need is a jar, no lid and some tape