Night Eyes

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In this outdoor, night-time activity, learners discover how to spot eye-shine (reflection of light from an animal's eyes) by using a flashlight to play a simulation game. Using the spotting technique they learn in the game, learners locate mysterious eyes, stalk the creatures, and observe the animal's behavior.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • flashlight with fresh batteries (for each learner)
  • 15-cm length of reflective tape
  • white crayon or piece of chalk
  • black construction paper
  • scissors
  • hole punch (optional)
  • 6- to 8- meter piece of flagging or rope
  • data board and marking pen
  • carpet tacks or other dark-headed tacks
  • masking tape
  • pencils or other markers
  • writing tablets or small


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
    • Light and Optics
      • Reflection and Refraction

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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