This fun and easy DIY bat puppet comes with a free printable template! Perfect for an enrichment project for grade 1 and 2 science on bats! Great for homeschool curriculum or Halloween fun!
Hi crafty friends!
Today I have a super fun creative kids craft project for you! Many people think of bats as Halloween animals (hence I’m publishing this post in the lead-up to Halloween), but I grew up with bats being an all year long animal.
I grew up in the middle of the forest where it was just as common to see bats swooping around through the sky at twilight as it was to see birds flying during the day.
I always enjoyed watching bats outside, but on a few occasions bats got into our house and that wasn’t nearly as fun. The most recent time was the last time that I stayed at my parent’s house before they moved. My son got up in the night to go to the bathroom and came running into the bedroom, scared saying “I saw a gigantic shadow moving.” I walked out into the hallway, turned on the light, and sure enough a bat swooped down by my head!
My dad was at my house, working on our kitchen renovation, and I phoned him, panicked on the phone. He said to me “Just go up to my bedroom, grab the bat catching net and a towel, catch it and let it go outside!”
Yes, bats in the house were so common that he had a bat catching net!!!
Bats School Curriculum
Studying bats is part of the 1st and 2nd grade school curriculum in BC. My kids LOVED learning about bats and had so many great bat stories to relay to their classmates.
Whenever we talk about bats my kids start singing “Bats, Bats, Bats” by Rosie Emery. My daughter’s 2nd grade teacher put the song to a great bat slideshow which you can see below. Both of my kids have watched this video so many times!
Bats are so fun to learn about for a homeschool curriculum too! Here are 10 of my daughter’s favorite facts about bats! See if any of these fun facts surprise your kids!
10 Fun Facts About Bats
- Bats are the only mammal that can actually fly. Sugar gliders or flying squirrels can glide, but bats are the only mammals that fly.
- Bat babies are called pups.
- Bats can only have one pup per year.
- Some bats can live to be 30 years old.
- Bats make up 1/4 of all the species of mammals on earth. There are over 1,200 species of bats.
- Bats have been around for at least 50 million years.
- Guano (aka bat poop), is one of the richest forms of fertilizer.
- A flying fox bat, is the world’s largest bat. It has a wingspan that’s up to 6 feet long.
- Only three species of bats feed on blood: The common vampire bat, the hairy legged vampire bat, and the white winged vampire bat. They all only feed on livestock (NOT HUMANS!!!)
- Not Fun Fact: The gravest threat to North American bats is called white nose syndrome and is caused by a fungus. It has killed millions of bats in Canada and the United States and has decimated bat colonies. Bats need our help. Visit the White Nose Syndrome Response Team website to find out what you can do to help including building a bat house for your backyard!
In my son’s 1st grade class they each made a bat puppet and in pairs presented a puppet show based on the facts that they had learned about bats. Today’s DIY bat puppet kids craft would be perfect for a bat fun fact puppet show!
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DIY Bat Puppet Kids Craft
- Select black, white and then different colors of construction paper for your bat. The black and white will be used for the eyes and teeth, and the other two colors will be used for the wings, head and body. Trace the template shapes on your selected colors of costruction paper and cut them out.
- Stick the oval (head) shaped piece of paper at the top of the big square (body) piece of paper and glue in place.
- Stick the two small triangles (ears) on each side of the top of the oval shaped piece of paper. Glue in place. Stick the two small rectangle (legs) pieces of paper on both sides of the bottom end of the square paper and glue in place.
- Stick the two half-circle (wings) pieces of paper on both sides of the square paper and glue in place.
- Stick the eyes on the oval shaped paper. Use a black sharpie to draw the mouth on the bat.
- Stick the two small triangles (teeth) adjacent to the traced mouth. Glue the paper bat to the popsicle stick to complete your puppet.
- Allow glue to dry and then have fun creating a fun bat fact puppet show!
Aren’t they adorable? Would you like to see more kids paper crafts like these?
Tell me… What are your thoughts on bat? Intrigued by them? Terrified of them? Indifferent?