To prepare for this game, you need to make a set of night eyes. Take black bristol board or foam core and cut it into pieces approximately 10 cm to 15 cm. Cut eyes out of red reflecting tape (the type used for bicycles). Peel off the back and stick them to the boards. Poke a pair of holes near the top of the board and thread through a loop of string so you can hang the boards from trees or bushes.
At night, flashlights will pick up the night eyes from a distance and they will appear like a slightly scary eyes in the night.
You can use night eyes in a variety of ways.
- Set a trail through the woods to a nighttime snack
- Put one word of a longer “passphrase” on each card. The girls gather up all the words and then must solve the puzzle
- Use the eyes to mark the location of different parts to a puzzle
- If you are more crafty, you can cut the eyes out to represent different types of nocturnal animals. Then the girls can guess what sort of animals they are suppose to be based on the shape of the animal and their height off the ground.
For younger girls, if you want the eyes to be “on” all the time, you can cut eye shaped holes out of a toilet paper roll, and stick a light stick inside.
Once your game is over, be sure to collect them before they are destroyed by the dew. My set has lasted me for years.