COFFEE FILTER BAT:

Materials: Clothespins, black and brown paint, black or white or silver glitter (Optional),  white glue, child safe scissors, newspaper to cover work area, paint brushes and paint pallet (or wax paper), art smock or old clothes to wear when painting.

Step 1:Cut a circular coffee filter in half and then scallop the edges to make them more bat like.
Step 2: Have your child paint the coffee filters the colour of a bat (My eldest choose brown, my youngest choose black and brown) and then have your child paint the clothespin as well.
Step 3: (Optional) Sprinkle black or silver or white glitter onto the wet paint so it sticks. 
Step 4: When the coffee filter and clothespin are dry open the clothes pin to slide the coffee filter wings in and then close to keep firm.  Your child can now paint white eyes or glue googly eyes to the bats.

For one more Bat Craft check out the Halloween Craft Page!

BAT GARLAND:

 Materials:  Black or brown paper, child safe scissors, a copy of my Bat Craft Templates Printable, pencil, child safe scissors, clear tape.

 Step 1: Cut out the smallest bat on my Bat Craft Template and then have your child trace around it on black paper using a pencil.
Step 2: Cut the black or brown paper into many long strips approximately the height of the bat  template and then fold the strips according style to make bat paper dolls.
Step 3: Have your child trace the bat on the top fold of each strip and then help him/her to cut the bat out but make sure to leave the tips of the wings still attached.  If the bats come apart don’t worry about it because you can always reattach them with the tape.
Step 4: Carefully open the paper folds to reveal a line of bats attached by wings. 
Step 5: Arrange the bats on a table or on the floor in a curve to make the garland and then attach each strip with clear tape.  Carefully lift from the ground and tape or pin to the wall or a window for a batty decoration..

STICKER COLLAGE or SCENE:


Materials: Various stickers of bats, coloured paper, pencil or markers and/or crayons (Optional).

Step 1: Let your child pick the colour of paper he/she wants to use for this craft and him/her various stickers to make either a collage or a scene.
Step 2: If your child so desires have him/her add details or embellishments to the scene.  My Eldest son cut out a moon and stuck the stickers on that.

NOTE: you could also just attach individual paper bats to black yarn with either tape or by using a hole punch to the bats.

Preschool

Craft Idea:

What other fun crafts can you make using our Bat Craft Templates Printable!  Send us a note and a photo to share your ideas to familythemedays@gmail.com

BOOKMARK:


Materials: A copy of my Bat Craft Templates Printable, pencil, child safe scissors, black construction paper (you need firm paper for this craft to last), googly eyes, white glue.

 Step 1: Cut out the medium bat shape from the Bat Craft Template and then have your child trace around it onto black paper using a pencil.
Step 2: Help your child to cut the shape out.
Step 3: Have your child glue googly eyes to the bat and let it dry.
Step 4: Now you can use the bat’s winds as a bookmark!

NOTE: finding the bat stickers on the pages, peeling them off and sticking them to paper is a good learning tool for toddlers!

BAT MASK:


Materials: A copy of my Bat Craft Templates Printable, pencil, child safe scissors, black foam or black construction paper (I couldn’t find black foam when we made this so we used paper—basically the foam or construction paper will make the mask last longer), whole punch, black yarn.

 Step 1:Cut out the largest bat shape (wings) from the Bat Craft Template and then have your child trace around it onto black craft foam or black construction paper.
Step 2:Help your child cut out the shape.
Step 3: Wrap gently around your child’s head and mark with your finger where your child’s eyes are (you could also use a pair of sunglasses as a guide and lay them on the black wings).  Draw two eye holes and then cut them out for your child.
Step 4: Use a hold punch to cut out two holes near the tops of the bat wings to string the yarn through.
Step 5:Tie two pieces of black yarn to the mask and then your child can wear it once you’ve tied it to his/her head.

CRAFTS 

You can add a string to hang these first two crafts as a cool Halloween decoration.

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NOTE: you could also attach individual paper Bookmark bats to black yarn with either tape or by using a hole punch to the bats.

TOILET ROLL BATS:

Materials:  Empty paper rolls, brown or black paint and paint brushes, brown or black paper, child safe scissors, pencil, a copy of my Bat Craft Templates Printable, googly eyes, white glue and glue stick, wax paper, newspaper to cover your work area, art smock or old clothes to wear when painting.

Step 1: Have your child paint the paper roll the colour of his/her choice (black or brown).
Step 2: While the paint dries, cut out the largest bat shape (wings) from the Bat Craft Template and then have your child trace around it onto black or brown paper.
Step 3: Help your child cut the bat wings out.
Step 4: Help your child cut bat ears from the scraps of paper.
Step 5: Once the paint is dry lay the wings on a sheet of wax paper and apply some white glue to the middle of the wings.  Lay the painted toilet roll onto the wings. 
Step 6: Glue the eyes to the paper roll using white glue.
Step 7:  Glue the paper ears to the paper roll by using a glue stick and then pinch and hold to the count of 10 to attach.

Bats

Bats in the wild in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney Australia

Just as there are many different bat crafts you could make for this Theme Day!  Have your child pick his/her favourite.

POM-POM BAT:

 Materials: A copy of my Bat Craft Templates Printable, pencil, child safe scissors, black paper, black or brown or tawny pom-poms, googly eyes, white glue, wax paper.

Step 1: Cut out the smallest bat on my Bat Craft Template and then have your child trace around it on black paper using a pencil. Your child can make as many as he/she likes.
Step 2: Have your child cut out the bat shape form the black paper (or help smaller children).
Step 3: Lay the black bat shapes on wax paper and then using white glue attach a big pom-pom to the middle as the bat’s belly and then glue on two googly eyes.
Step 4: Let the glue dry and then display.  You can tape string on the back to have them hang from the ceiling.