Bat Activities For Kids

Posted on Oct 6 2015 - 3:48am by My Little Villagers

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Bats are one of kids’ favorite Halloween animals!  They are amazing creatures and children find them absolutely fascinating.  Here are some bat-themed activities for children:

Bat Craft

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Materials Needed:

  • Black construction paper
  • Colored chalk
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole Puncher

Instructions:

  1. Fold the black construction paper in half and use a pencil to draw one side of the bat.  (Folding the paper will ensure perfect symmetry when cutting it out.)
  2. Use scissors to cut out the shape of half the bat you drew.  (Tip: Start cutting at the crease and make sure you are cutting through both sides of the paper.)
  3. Use colored chalk of your choice to decorate the bat.
  4. Use a hole puncher to create the two eyes.

B-A-T Letters Activity

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Directions:

  1. Set up three bats around the room (You don’t have to use stuffed animals.  Pictures of bats will do just fine.) and assign each of the three bats a letter (B, A, and T) by placing it next to them.  (I used letter magnets, but again, pictures of letters will do just as well.)
  2. Have your child go on a bat search and collect all the bats and all the letters.
  3. Have your child sound out each letter to form the word “Bat.”

Upside Down Activity

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Directions:

  • Teach and show your child how bats sleep upside down.
  • Have your child try to lay upside down on a safe surface (such as a couch with pillows underneath).  Ask them if they think they could sleep like that.
  • Set up five or six items on a table.  Place some of them upside down and keep the rest right side up.
  • Have your child point out which items are upside down.

Echolocation Activity

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Directions:

  • Teach your child how bats get around at night using echolocation.  (I like to use this catchy song and video as a teaching tool: Echolocation, by JumpStart.  Warning: The song will get stuck in your head.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
  • Have your child pretend to be a bat by closing their eyes and creating an echo to try to get around the room.  It’s much harder than it looks!  (Warning: Please make sure nothing dangerous is in the child’s path and you are with them at all times.)

Bat Quesadilla

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Grilled Chicken Breast Strips (I get mine from Costco.)
  • Tortilla
  • 1/2 Cup of Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 Grape Tomato
  • Dried Blueberries
  • 1/2 TSP of Butter
  • Cheese Grader
  • Knife
  • Skillet
  • Spatula

Directions:

  1. Use a cheese grader to shred 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
  2. Put the shredded cheese into the tortilla.
  3. Fold the tortilla in half.
  4. Melt 1/2 tsp of butter into the skillet over medium heat.
  5. Put the quesadilla on the skillet.
  6. Wait for the cheese to start melting.  Check the bottom of the quesadilla for golden-brown spots.  If it looks good, flip it over with the spatula.
  7. Check the bottom of the other side of the quesadilla for golden-brown spots.  If it looks good, remove from heat.
  8. Use a knife to cut out bat wings out of the quesadilla as shown.
  9. Select one long strip of chicken for the “bat’s body” and two smaller strips for the “head” and “ears.”
  10. Use a knife to cut a slice of the grape tomato for the “bat’s mouth.”
  11. Use two dried blueberries for the “bat’s eyes.”
  12. Enjoy!

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