With Halloween just around the corner we’ve managed to squeeze in another simple and fun Halloween craft, this time inspired by the Virtual Book Club for Kids book of the week Stellaluna (by Janell Cannon).
This Bat Silhouette craft was really simple for my preschoolers and I’ve even included a free template for you to use below. The shape was simple enough that those with good scissor skills were able to cut their own out whilst I helped with the others.
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Stellaluna is a lovely picture book about a little bat that becomes separated from her mother. She lives with some birds and learns to live like them until she is reunited with her mum again.
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Although we used gold paint and stars other colours would work well, such as reds and oranges, I just wanted an excuse to use this lovely gold paint I brought back in February for Chinese New Year.
I used some blue tak to secure the bats to the black card to stop them moving about so much which made it much easier for little hands and they then dabbed around the outside of the bat with the gold paint.
I kept our bat templates small so we could fit several on a piece of card but you could also do one large one or even make it into a group project by making a huge one on a large roll of paper.
The Little Tots loved seeing the silhouette of the bats when they peeled off the paper but they couldn’t resist adding more paint and smudging it all together….but I think the results are still fab!
Once they had finished with the bats they added some gold stars and we talked about how Stellaluna is a nocturnal animal so comes out at night just like in our pictures.
If you want to join in with the weekly book club hop over to the Facebook group where you’ll be inspired by other parents and carers sharing all their bat-themed crafts and activities. We can’t wait to see yours.
More bat activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids:
- Numbers – Bat Number Line Games – Rainy Day Mum and Bat Number Treasure Hunt – Inspiration Laboratories
- Sensory – Sensory Learning: What Can You “See” with Your Ears? – Mama Smiles
- Science – Flying Bats STEM Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It and Flying Bats STEM Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It
- Pre-Writing – Easy Bat Craft for Kids- Toddler Approved
- Shapes – Bats are Nocturnal – Cupcake Liner Bat Craft – Preschool Powol Packets and Halloween Bat Shape Craft By JDaniel4’s Mom