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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 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 a 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

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
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


Bats use their sense of hearing to help them find food, their ears are very sensitive. A bat can tell where an 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 a fishing pole by attaching a string to a wooden dowel. Tie a magnet to loose end of the string. Attach a paper clip to black paper bats. Place bats in a tub. Player fishes for the bat and makes it fly into a 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


Halloween Bat Clips - Enchanted Learning
Fudgy Bat Cookies - PastryWiz Food Resource Center
Bats Theme and Activities - Child Care Lounge
Bats Preschool Activities, Crafts, and Lessons - KidsSoup
Bats - Preschool Lesson Plan - Science for Preschoolers
20 Activities for Learning About Bats - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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