Bat Theme


Books

Amazing Bats - Frank Greenaway
Bat Jamboree - Kathi Appelt
Bat Time - Ruth Horowitz
Bats: Mammals That Fly - Marlene Sway
Bats Misunderstood - John L. Hommedieu
Bats Night Fliers - Betsy Maestro
Bat's Surprise - Gina Clegg Erickson
Cactus Cafe - Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Extremely Weird Bats - Sara Lovett
Five Little Bats Flying in the Night - Steve Metzger
Lavina Bat - Russell Hoban
Outside and Inside Bats - Sandra Markle
Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
Stellaluna: A Pop-Up Book and Mobile - Janell Cannon
The Bat in My Pocket - Amanda Lollar
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat - Lucille Colandro
Vampire Bats - Pamela J. Gerholdt
Welcome to the World of Bats - Diane Swanson
World's Weirdest Bats - M. L. Roberts
Zipping, Zapping Zooming Bats - Ann Earle


Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Bats

Bats have shiny leather wings,
bats do many clever things,
bats doze upside-down by day,
bats come out at night to play.
Bats cavort in soaring cliques,
sounding ultrasonic shrieks,
acrobatic in thesky,
bats catch every bug they spy.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Arts & Crafts

Noodle Bat Necklace

Bow Tie Pasta Noodle
Macaroni Noodle
Black Paint
String (preferably black!)

Paint the noodles black and let them dry. Cut a piece of yarn about 5 inches long. Thread one end of the yarn through the hole in the macaroni noodle and tie it in a knot to the other end. Make sure it is just a little loose because you will be stringing a large piece of yarn through the "loop" of this yarn to make your necklace. Trim off any extra yarn. Glue the bow tie pasta onto the macaroni noodle as shown in the picture below. Try to hide the knot from the yarn by the bow tie pasta. Paint a tiny face on your noodle bat and string a longer piece of yarn (you will want this piece of yarn to be able to slide over your head once it is tied) through the "loop" left by the yarn you tied through the macaroni noodle. (For a variation of this idea, use fishing line instead of yarn and you can hang these up as flying bat decorations!)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hanging Bats

Toilet tissue tube
Black tempera paint and brushes
Black poster board
Googly eyes
Black felt (optional)
Elastic cording
Stapler

For each bat, cut out two triangular ears from one end of a toilet tissue tube. Next, flatten the other end and staple it shut about 1 inch from the bottom. Cut a crescent shape in the stapled end to form the bat's tail. Paint the tube black and let it dry.Next, cut out a wing shape from a 1-foot-long strip of black poster board. (For a more hair-raising look, first glue a veneer of black felt to the poster board.) Staple the wings to the bat's body.Glue on googly eyes. Finally, staple the elastic cord to the bat's back at the balance point, then hang the creature from the ceiling.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Clip-On Bats

Construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Pinch-style clothespins

For each bat, cut an extended-wings shape from black construction paper. Next, cut out an oblong body with pointed ears and feet, and glue it onto the wings. Add round, beady eyes cut from yellow or red paper. Then glue a clothespin to the back of the bat, and it's ready to hang on a curtain---or anywhere you like---even on you!!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Theme Ideas

Hearing

Bats use their sense of hearing to help them find food, their ears are very sensitive. A bat can tell where and object or animal is by making clicking sounds that result in echoes. (echolocation) Bats can tell where trees and buildings are by using this system. That is how bats can fly in darkness without hitting anything.

Hearing Experiment

*One child is the bat and 3 or 4 other children will make sounds.
*Give the 3 or 4 children something to make a sound with like a bell, wooden sticks to click together, and a drum.
*With the bat in the middle the other children position themselves around the bat.

*Bat should close eyes *Each child should make their noise and the bat should walk over to that child and touch him. *Continue until everyone has a chance to be the bat.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bat's Fly

Make fishing pole by attaching string to wooden dowel. Tie a magnet to loose end of string. Attach paper clip to black paper bats. Place bats in tub. Player fishes for bat and makes it fly into sack.

~Submitted by Barb in Texas

Number Activity: "The Bat Cave"

Use an egg carton; write numbers on the inside of the egg cups. Cut the ring part off a bat ring (or use some other small plastic or rubber bat) and put it in the egg carton. Close it, shake it up and open the carton.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Links

Halloween Bat Clips - Enchanted Learning
Bats - ABCTeach.com
All About Bats - a First-Grade Journey - Mrs. Schlein's First Grade Web Site
Bat Crafts - Family Crafts, About.com
Bats in the Classroom - Education World
Fudgy Bat Cookies - PastryWiz Food Resource Center


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