Easy Bat Craft

easy bat craft This Halloween craft was so much fun to make. It’s quick which is really our only option most days, is it just me or do you get exponentially busier the older your kids get?  We’ve been meaning to get all Halloween crafty but time has been super short. This easy bat craft is the perfect quick Halloween craft for busy families. Don’t miss out on the books about bats after the craft tutorial.

Gather your materials. You will need some black paper or card stock, some googly eyes ( if you have red ones all the better), scissors, clothes pins, a silver sharpie or crayon, a black crayon, and glue. easy bat craft for kids

Start by having your child color the clothespin with the black crayon. Easy Bat Craft by no time for flash cardsThis is tricky for little guys but encourage them to try because it’s great practice controlling a writing tool. My 4 year old thought that it might be easier to peel the whole crayon but it wasn’t. Still I never stop her from peeling crayons because it’s such a great fine motor activity.bat craft for kids

While they do that you can cut out some bat wings and a bat head.I folded my black paper and made cut out the wings free hand the head is just a circle with two pointy ears. Do not worry about perfection. Older kids could  draw the head and wings and cut them out problem.easy bat craft for kids

Time to decorate the wings! A silver sharpie is a coveted item at our house and she loves using it for crafts, I love how it looks against the black paper.easy halloween bat craft

Glue eyes on the head. She opted to hold each tiny eye and add glue to it.simple bat craft for Halloween Such a change from her brother who would drop huge globs of glue onto things calling them bombs. easy bat craft for preschool

Clip the wings on and then clip on the head. The extra glue from the eyes should glue the clothespin shut but if there was no extra glue you can add a little dab to the clothespin.clothespin bat craft for kids

Let dry and display!clothes pin bat crafts I love using kid made Halloween crafts for decor, not only is it fun to bring them out year after year but it let’s your children show off their creations. Easy bat craft for kids

 

Books about Bats

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stella luna

Stellaluna by Janell Canon has long been a favorite when teaching about bats. I will warn you it’s a little long for fidgety toddlers but they will still enjoy it even if you skip a few pages. The story follows a little bat who loses her mother and is adopted into a family of birds. She never really feels like she belongs even though she likes her bird family. That’s not the end though, there is a surprise reunion and Stellaluna saves the day before the end of this book.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro was a huge hit! It’s a reworking of the classic song ” There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” only this one swallows a whole bunch of Halloween creatures, like a goblin, ghost, and of course a bat.  She continues to swallow bigger and bigger things much to my son’s amazement! He was giggling through the whole book and the end when the old lay belches he laughed hysterically. It was predictable but I have to admit was a really fun , silly read. { Reviewed originally in 2009 when my son was 3 } 

My First Batman Book

My First Batman Book: Touch and Feel by David Katz. This is a rare find. A board book , a touch and feel no less,  about Batman. Trust me it’s rare, I squealed when I found it at the library and could not believe what a treat it was to read with both my kids. It’s not secret my son ( the one in the improvised Batman mask above) is into superheroes, he is also into books and I want to encourage that. However some of the books are so violent and I don’t want to expose him to all that at 4.5 , he is just too young for my comfort zone. For beginning readers there are some great I Can Read books but for even younger children pickings are super slim. Luckily there is this book. It’s sturdy, it’s age appropriate and it even glows in the dark. { Originally reviewed in 2010 }

Quick Link Supply List

Here are links to the supplies ( or similar ones) I used in the post above.  Supply lists include affiliate links.

Black Paper
Clothespins
Googly Eyes
Scissors
Elmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue
Sharpie Metallic

 

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50 Halloween Craft Ideas For Preschool

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halloween crafts and activities Halloween in my favorite holiday to create crafts and activities for. There are so many different themes like spiders, bats, ghosts, pumpkins, mummys and my favorite Frankenstein! I know you will be able to find great Halloween craft ideas and activities from this list. Don’t forget to read some great Halloween books after craft time. If you need some suggestions check out our favorite Halloween books here.

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Easy Mummy Craft 
Contact Paper Ghosts

Halloween Math - Count and Fill
Count & Fill Frankensteins
Halloween Graphing

pumpkin craft
Feel & Learn Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

haunted house math activity for kids

 

Haunted House Math 
Halloween Patterns 

shape bat craft for preschool

Easy Bat Craft 

Simple Halloween Sensory Tub

easy halloween craft

Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Easy Peasy Jack-O-Lantern Stencils

muck monsters

Monster Muck Sensory Play 
Ghost Sugar Cookies

halloween game for kids

Ghost Bottle Bowling
Glittered Pumpkins For Toddlers

candy corn counting math activity for halloween

Candy Corn Counting 
Cookie Cutter Ghosts

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Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Pumpkin Playdough

preschool math

Monster Math 
Flyswatter Monster Paintings

halloween crafts for toddlers

Texture Collage Ghost
Pumpkin P

Marshmallow Skull Craft

Marshmallow Skull
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern

eyeball painting halloween craft for kids

Eyeball Painting
Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath

easy halloween cookies

Easy Spider Cookies 
Candy Corn Sort & Glue Craft 

pumpkin dry erase

Dry Erase Jack-o-Lantern
Pumpkin Prints

Frankenstein Craft

Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Pumpkin Playdough

Halloween Sensory Tub
Halloween Sensory Tub
Marshmallow Counting and Ghost Craft

puffy paint ghost

Puffy Paint Ghost
Googley Eye Monster Math 

bat craft for kids

Hand Print Bat Craft 
Banana Ghost Treats

Monster craft
Messy Monster Craft
Recycled Halloween Wind Socks 

ghost potato prints

Potato Print Ghost Garland
DIY Monster Blocks &  Memory Game 

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Magnetic Haunted House 
Witch’s Hat Treat 

gross motor activity for kids

Spider Web Walking 
Minion Halloween Dress Up 

halloween estimation jars for kids

Spooky Estimation Jars
Frankenstein Magnet 

 

Recycled Robot Craft inspired by The Ricky Ricotta Books by Dav Pilkey

robot craft for kids I love books.  More than my love of books is my love of getting KIDS to love books, especially my own kid. Before I share how we made this super rad robot inspired by Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta Mighty Robot series of books, I need to tell you that this post was sponsored by Scholastic.  I am so glad that the publisher sent me these books because my son loved them. LOVED. So much that we decided to make a shiny recycled robot craft that reminded us of the shiny full color pages of these awesome books. The whole book is beautiful and I really think those silky full color pages made reading the book even more enjoyable for my son.

Gather your materials. You will need some recycled materials. I save anything that looks interesting so I had some ribbon spools, plastic lids, card board, crusher lids, etc… you will also need metallic paint, a hot glue gun, and something to protect the surfaces you are working on.

ricky ricotta mighty robot supplies

Start by spray painting some of the recycled materials. When you read the books you will see that the Robot is really shiny so my son and I decided we needed to get really shiny silver paint. You might want gloves for this too. My nails are still silver.ricky ricotta silver robot

When dry gather all your pieces and plug in the hot glue gun ( ours is a low temp one) robotricky ricottaand let your robot builder go nuts!robot craft

He has inherited my love ( need?) of symmetry. At one point he was asking me where I think he should put something and when I suggested something asymmetrical he responded with ” Um I don’t think so, that would wreck the symmetry! ” OK then.

I think the robot turned out to be pretty awesome, well worth the days and days of silver spray painted hands ( seriously use gloves!)

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About The Books!

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Ricky Ricotta Series by Dav Pilkey illustrated by Dan Santat

These early chapter books are about a little mouse Ricky who is not the most popular mouse. He gets picked on at school until he ends up saving Robot’s life and the two of them become best friends! You’d think that with a giant robot as a best buddy a little mouse might let it go to his head. Ricky is a good mouse through and through and as the series continues he and Robot continue to save Squeakyville from all sorts of evil.

When my son and I snuggled up in bed to read the first book I did most of the reading. The books themselves are below my son’s reading level ( The series is listed as DRA 20 )  but reading levels are not the only things parents need to consider. Do you always read at your maximum reading ability? I can guarantee that I do not. Reading for pleasure isn’t always challenging. We flew through the first book and he begged me to read the next. I read it then left him the other two books and told him he could stay up as long as he was reading. Less than half an hour later he came downstairs to ask me if we had the 5th book! He’d read the other two books immediately. My son is a great reader but he doesn’t LOVE reading fiction, so his desire to read more more more was huge. I was THRILLED.dav pilkey bo

When I asked him what he loved about these books he said the illustrations by Dan Santat were amazing, the cool features like comics and flip book in the middle , and how quick they were for him to read. Patience is not something most 7 year old boys have in spades so I get that. The illustrations really are awesome but I want to let you know that the whole book is full color. The book is really beautiful , seriously every page feels special. I have already been telling friends in real life about how these are great early chapter books for reluctant ( and not reluctant) readers and I am thrilled to share it here too.

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37 Things To Make With Contact Paper

contact paper activities I love contact paper. I love how useful it is for toddler art projects, how I can use it to laminate items, create dry erase projects, and make fun murals with kids of all ages. I recently went back to work in the classroom and my students love contact paper too. It’s a fun sensory experience all on it’s own. Here are 37 crafts, activities, invitations to create, and things you can make with contact paper.

Sticky Walls, Windows, Tables, and Easels.

fall pom pom tree for kids

Fall Pom Pom Tree
Sticky Table Art
Create A Face Sticky Face
Ocean Shapes Mural
Snow Window

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Sticky Window Flower Garden
Fall Leaf Color Matching Sticky Mural
Christmas Tree Sticky Wall

button mural finishing the whole things
Button Numbers – Math Mural
Alphabet Flower Garden
Fall Leaf Letter Match
Ornament Color Match

quick activity for pompoms
Pom Pom Sticky Window
Valentine Heart Rainbow Wall

Crafts

bug crafts for toddlers

Ribbon Butterfly Craft
Letter Monsters
Shooting Star Craft
Love Bomb
Toddler Turkey Craft

Fish Craft for Kids
Sticky Fish Craft
Brown Grocery Bag Town Play Mat 

nativity suncatcher craft for christmas
Shape Nativity Craft
Contact Paper Ghosts
Heart Suncatcher
Easter Egg Suncatchers
Snow Globe Snowman

spring flower sun catcher craft for kids
Sequin Flower Suncatchers

Contact Paper Place Mat Crafts

Fall Placemat crafts for kids

 

Fall Leaf Place Mat 
Flower Petal Place Mats

tea party play and place mat craft
Tea Party Place Mats
Penguin Place Mat
Fourth of July Place Mat

Wipe Off Activities Made With Contact Paper

pumpkin dry erase

Design Your Own Jack-O-Lantern
Letter Tracing Write & Wipe Mats
Thanksgiving Doodle Mats

hot chocolate math
Hot Chocolate Math Tray
Dress Up Your Minion