Learn how to make this simple yet extremely cute toilet paper roll bat craft for kids! An adorable Halloween activity that requires just a few inexpensive supplies and a quick 15 or so minutes.
If you are looking for a fun, non-spooky way to enjoy Halloween this year this little craft will be great for that.
Why are bats associated with Halloween?
There are a few reasons why people say bats are associated with Halloween.
One is that it dates back to the Celtic harvest festival called Samhain. The celebrations involved lighting bonfires which attracted bugs and because of that attracted bats that loved to munch on these bugs.
Then, on the other hand, others say that because bats are naturally nocturnal animals they are often associated with death and darkness.
I say maybe it’s just because bats are associated with vampires and vampires are naturally associated with Halloween because of their spooky nature.
How to turn this into a Halloween Unit Study!
If you are looking to do a full-on Halloween Unit Study involving bats this craft would be a perfect addition.
Here are some other fun ways to add to your bat unit study.
Books! Of course, books and reading are a must. Reading aloud to your children or having them read to you is a great way to work on developing their skills.
Check out these Halloween books for kids that we think would be a big hit.
Fun facts about bats!
- Bats can live more than 30 years and can fly at speeds of 60 miles per hour (sometimes more!).
- Bats can locate food in the darkness by emitting inaudible high-pitched sounds, 10-20 beeps per second, and listening to echoes. This is called echolocation.
- Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes an hour. (Ummm I need to hang a bat house pronto. Haha)
- Baby bats are called pups! Most bats have only one pup a year which makes them extremely vulnerable to extinction.
- Bat mothers can find their babies among thousands or millions of other bats by their unique voices and scents.
Bat Unit Study Ideas
Supplies you will need to make this Toilet Paper Roll Bat
- empty toilet paper rolls (can be recycled ones or you can purchase brand new as well)
- black, white, and pink construction paper
- glue stick
- googly eyes
- white chalk marker
- black pompom
- free printable template
How do you make a bat out of a toilet paper roll?
Cut a piece of black paper big enough to fit around the toilet roll, and glue it on.
Cut out the templates.
Draw the head, legs, and wings on black paper, and cut them out.
Draw the inside of the ear on pink paper, and cut it out.
Glue the inside of the ears to the black ears.
Glue the moving eyes on the head.
Cut out 2 small triangles from white paper, draw a mouth and eyebrows using the white chalk marker and glue the teeth on the mouth.
Glue on the black pompom for the nose.
Fold the semi-circular bat wings into a fan shape.
Glue the head, wing, and legs on the toilet paper roll bat.
You can watch the video tutorial below!
I just love this little craft because it is the perfect little Halloween decoration project to make a home or in the classroom.
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