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BATS

WINDOW BATS
Invite your children to try one or both of these art activities.
Use cardboard to make several bat templates. Let the children use white chalk or crayons to trace around the templates on black paper. Help them cut out the bat shapes. Then tape the shapes onto your room windows to create a fun October scene.
Have the children rubber-stamp black bat prints onto windows or sliding glass doors. (The ink will come off easily with glass cleaner.)
 
BAT MURAL
Cut a giant full moon shape out of yellow paper. Attach the moon shape to a dark blue background on a wall at your children’s eye level. Invite the children to trace around bat cookie cutters on black paper and cut out the shapes. Let them add details to their bats using glitter-glue pens, if desired. Then help them glue or tape their bats onto the yellow moon to create a night sky scene.
 
BAT COUNTS
Explain to your children that bats like to make themselves small and hide in nooks and crannies in dark places, such as caves, attics, and tall trees. Let the children use crayons or markers to draw outdoor scenes on pieces of construction paper Then have them draw tiny black ovals to represent bats hiding in various places in their pictures. When they have finished, help them to count the numbers of their bats and write the corresponding numerals on their papers.

 
BAT OPPOSITES
Large and Small: Talk with your children about how some kinds of bats are large, with wing spans measuring 6 feet, while other kinds of bats are small, with wing spans of only 6½ inches. Then place a number of large and small objects on a table and have the children divide them by size into two groups.
Upside Down and Right Side Up: Use picture books to show how bats roost upside down. Then divide a large paper into two columns titled “Upside Down” and “Right Side Up. Give the children cutouts of people, animals, autos, lamps, and so on. Let them arrange half of the pictures upside down in the first column and the other half of the pictures right side up in the second column. If you wish, have them glue the pictures in place to make an Upside Down-Right Side Up wall chart.
 
BAT MOVES

For each of your children, cut a bat wings shape, about 8 inches by 2 inches, out of black paper. Tape one end of a piece of thread, about 6 inches long, to the middle of the bat wings shape. Tie the other end of the thread to the end of a drinking straw and secure with tape. Put on some music. Then have the children hold onto their straws and gently wave their bats back and forth to make them “fly.”

 
MORE BAT FUN
Display picture books about various kinds of bats and discuss their characteristics and habits.
Read the book “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon to your children.
Together, make a “bat cave.” Cover a table with a blanket for the cave and tape paper bat shapes hanging upside down from the underside of the tabletop.

 
DEEP IN THE BAT CAVE

Tune: “Down by the Station”

Deep in the bat cave
Early in the evening,
See the little black bats
Hanging in a row.
Now it’s growing darker,
Time to leave the bat cave.
Zip! Zip! Zip! Zip!
Out they go.
Liz Ryerson

 
BAT SNACKTIME
Some varieties of bats eat fruit and sip nectar from flowers. Set out several kinds of sliced fruit and let your children choose those they want for snacking. Also provide cups of juice for “nectar.”
Have your children rubber-stamp bat prints onto construction paper to make snacktime placemats.