If you have a lot of model animals at home, this might be a fantastic sorting activity for you to try! Sorting Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals.
We can use whatever model animals we have at home, plastic, wooden or stuffed animals, we use mostly Schleich. I made up and printed two labels, one for Nocturnal (night-time) and one for Diurnal (day-time). We could also add or discuss Crepuscular animals (mainly active at dawn and dusk).
The child simply sorts the animals into the two categories. For younger children, we could use fewer animals and for older children, we could add more, lesser-known animals. If the child doesn't know if the animal is Nocturnal or Diurnal (or Crepuscular), it provides a great opportunity to discuss or research the animal further.
Another fun idea to learn about Nocturnal animals is to take a night-time nature walk!! 🌙✨
On our night-time nature walk, we only found bats and cockroaches!! 🦇
There are lots of books to read about Nocturnal animals, we are reading What Can You See? At Night (AU), which also looks at what people do at night time.
The Little Book of Night-Time Animal Sounds (UK), is a lovely book we picked up in the UK that has buttons to press to make nighttime sounds, Otto (4yrs) loves it.
If you are looking for more resources, these Nocturnal Animal Activities look fun!
- Nocturnal Animals Poster
- Nocturnal and Diurnal Animal Sorting Cards
- Nocturnal Animals Unit: Science Pack
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