Whether you're looking for ideas to do over a weekend or activities for your entire class or school, we hope this page will give you some inspiration.
Can you do nothing for charity? Take a tip from our big cats and relax! Or how about a non-uniform day to raise money for big cats?
They will decide when the best time is for the event. They may need to get permission from the school and parents/guardians. They may also need to carry out a risk assessment, depending on the type of fundraising activity.
Create a sponsorship form. You will need your sponsor’s name, address and the amount they wish to pledge.
Let everyone know about your event by creating posters and pinning them up for all to see. Think about how you can make your posters stand out. Ask a teacher to make an announcement in assembly or ask the school office to send an email or letter home.
Make sure your plans are sensible and safe, and that children are supervised. Thank everyone involved in organising, running and participating in the event.
Sit back, put your paws up and do nothing for Born Free!
Joanne Bartholomew, Born Free’s Events Manager, says: “Big cats in the wild can sleep up to 23 hours a day and many domestic pets are not far behind their wild cousins, spending the majority of their time snoozing in a favourite spot! With just 20,000 lions left in the wild today, events like the Big Cat Nap are vital to help spread awareness of their plight, as well as raise vital funds.”
Can your class remain silent for 60 minutes? Or even longer? Read, draw or even nap during your class’s sponsored silence.
TIPS: Read The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo or draw pictures of big cats (tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard and snow leopard).
Why not invite your friends over for a sponsored sleepover? Can you all sleep as long as a big cat? Male lions sleep up to 20 hours a day, while lionesses get about 15-18 hours! Make sure you get permission from all of the parents/guardians involved.
TIPS: Make big cat-themed cakes to eat (check for allergies). Watch Born Free or The Lion King.
Host a Big Cat Nap quiz to test your classmates' (and even your teacher's) knowledge! Use our Big Cat Nap quiz questions and ask teams to pay a small fee to enter.
TIPS: At the end of the quiz, share all of the answers with everyone – this is your chance to educate your audience!
DOWNLOAD OUR BIG CAT NAP QUIZ
Fundraise for Born Free while showing off your baking flair! A successful cake sale takes some careful planning to ensure you have a good selection of treats for your customers to purchase. It is really important that every item is labelled with any ingredients that might be an allergen (nuts, wheat, milk, etc).
TIPS: Create big cat cookies with a tiger or lion-shaped cookie cutter. Or use orange and black icing to make visually striking tiger cakes.
Ask students and staff to join together and take part in a non-uniform day. Give your mufti day a theme such as stripes or spots and encourage everyone to dress accordingly. You could even have a prize for the best dressed student or teacher.
TIPS: Celebrate World Wildlife Day on 3rd March by wearing fancy dress!