Need a quick and fun craft? Try making this easy bat craft. It’s great for a large group craft project at school, church, or community events. And there are a lot of fun ways to use them.
Here’s What You’ll Need
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- Styrofoam egg carton
- black acrylic paint
- paint brush
- black foam sheets
- quick-dry tacky glue
- googly eyes
How to Make Your Own Bat Craft
- Start by cutting your egg carton into individual cups. Depending on the age of the kids you are working with you can decide whether to do this step beforehand or not. Because the focus of our bat activities was playing with these bats and using them for learning activities, I did most of the prep work beforehand and the girls helped me paint and assemble the bats.
- Paint the egg cups black.
- Cut bat wings from the black foam sheets. I folded a sheet in half and then cut out two wings at a time so the wings matched. It also made preparation time faster.
- Glue on the googly eyes.
- Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut two small slits into the egg cup. I wiggled the scissors back and forth a bit to make the hole large enough for the foam to easily go through.
- Push the wings into the holes, and you’ve got an adorable little bat.
- You can decide whether to secure the wings with glue or not. If you are going to be using them for acting out songs and pretend play, you might want to secure the wings. We were making them for other activities that we’ll be sharing soon, so we didn’t secure all of the wings.
Ideas for Using Your Bats
Hand one (or a few!) of these little cuties to your kids and I’m sure they’ll come up with some great ideas of their own. But here’s a few ideas to get you started…
- Fly them around the room
- Use them to make up a fun story about bats
- Use them to retell a story you’ve read about bats
- Practice counting with them
- Line up a set of bats. Hide a little object (ball, coin, etc) under one and see if your child can figure out which bat is hiding something. Take turns and let your child hide the object from you.
- Sing some fun bat songs like the Bats Are Sleeping Song.
- Hang a bunch of bats on a string by poking holes and a loop of ribbon through the top. Then you’ve got a festive Halloween garland.
We used them for two additional learning activities. I’ll be sharing more about those games next week.
A Full Week of Bat Theme Lesson Plans
Continue learning about pumpkins with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provide different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set: