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

 

Mummy Halloween Craft For Kids

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halloween craftThis was a total spur of the moment Halloween craft . I had the masking tape out on the table and my daughter was playing with it while I was rummaging through the art closet trying to get inspired. I turned around to ask her not to waste it and inspiration struck! We’ve made a ton of Halloween crafts for kids but this is our first mummy craft. You could totally use lighter paper and dark tape to make a ninja too.

Gather your materials. You will need some black paper, masking tape, a white crayon, scissors, glue, and googly eyes. crafts for kids

Start by drawing the outline of a body. simple halloween mummy craft

Cut or rip strips of tape off the roll and stick to the edge of the table. I didn’t get a good picture of this set up because my daughter was a speed demon with putting the tape on. Older kids should be encouraged to cut their own tape. easy mummy craft for three year olds

Add the tape to the outline. If your child takes more than the 12 seconds my daughter did with this step you can talk about the different lengths of tape or dive into what mummies really are. I didn’t get into that with my 3 year old but if she was a little older I think it would have fascinated her. masking tape mummy craft for kids

When they are sure that they have added all the tape they want to add cut it out. Easy mummy craft for preschool

Grab the glue and add some eyes!mummy glue

Let dry. mummy craft for young kids

 

Books

Halloween Books For Kids

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Quick Link Supply List

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

Googly Eyes
Black Paper
Masking Tape
Elmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue
Kid Scissors

Halloween Books and Crafts To Match

halloween books with crafts to matchIt’s October and it’s time to plan a few ( or many ) fun Halloween crafts to get excited about the holiday and learn at the same time. Each one of these books has been paired with a great craft or activity that work on a variety of skills in a playful way. Click on the book title and you will be taken to Amazon through and affiliate link to check out the book. Click on the craft and you will be taken to the full craft tutorial so you can see the step by step instructions to make it with your child.

Did we miss one of your favorite Halloween books and crafts ? Add them in comments so we can make this resource even more helpful.

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Frankie Stein Starts Schoolby Lola M. Schaefer and our TP Roll Frankenstein.halloween crafts and books for kids 22

Monster Math by Anne Miranda  and our Monster Math activity. halloween crafts and books 23

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a perfect match for our Dry Erase Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books 24Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and our Puffy Paint Ghost.

halloween crafts and books 25The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams  and our Pin and Pound Pumpkins.

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Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson and Potato Print Ghosts.

halloween crafts and books 17Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell and our Touch and Feel Sandpaper Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 14Mouse’s Halloween Party by Jeanne Modesitt and our Halloween party game Ghost Bottle Bowling.

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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen and super fun Monster Blocks Memory Game.

halloween crafts and books for kids 18Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin?by Karen Katz and Halloween Sensory Bin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 9Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti and our Toddler Texture Ghost Craft.

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Dem Bones by Bob Barner and X-ray X letter Craft.

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Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Magnetic Haunted House.

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Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Siebold and Siobhan Vivian and our Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Puzzle.

halloween crafts and books for kids 10AlphaOops: H Is for Halloweenby Althea Kontis and Letter P is for Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 410 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman and Candy Corn Math.

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Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and Marshmallow Skull Craft.

halloween crafts and books for kids 11In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting and Haunted House Math

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro and Vampire Bat Craft.

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Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolen and Puffy Paint Moon Craft.

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Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and our Broccoli Painting.

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Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and our super simple Pumpkin Glittering.

halloween crafts and books for kids 5It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff and our Paper Plate Pumpkin craft for toddlers.

halloween crafts and books 2We’re Going On A Ghost Hunt by Marcia Vaughn and our Cookie Cutter Ghosts.

halloween crafts and books for kids 1Maisy’s Halloween by Lucy Cousins and out Witch’s Hat Edible Craft

 

What did we miss? Share your favorite Halloween book or craft in comments!

Halloween Crafts From Our Archives

My Halloween Kids Crafts have been big hits this year but have you seen some of our old favorites? Here are some fun , easy kid friendly crafts to do this weekend before you hit the streets for some candy!

Build Your Own Haunted House

Puffy Paint Ghost

Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath

Spider Cookies

Hand Print Bats

Easy Peasy Hair Bow

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween !

Frankenstein Halloween Craft

I get asked for craft ideas for older kids from time to time especially around holidays and special occasions like Halloween. When I picked up some sparkly sticky back foam I immediately knew I had to use it to make some kind of Frankenstein!   I decided on a magnet because it can be used at home in the kitchen ( yay, no tape or push pins in the wall) , in a locker at school or wherever else you choose. It’s a fast craft for older kids and would work great as a Halloween party activity too.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some green and black sparkly sticky back foam, scissors, 2 wiggly eyes, glue and a magnet. I recycle the free magnets we get as promotions for things like furnace repair and pizza parlors.
  2. Start by cutting out a face shape in the green foam. Remember to make the top flat.
  3. Glue the magnet on the back and set aside to dry.
  4. While that is drying cut the black foam into a rectangle as wide as the top of the head. Make cuts on one side to make spiky hair.
  5. Cut a long strip ( almost as wide as the chin of the monster) out of the black, and several smaller strips.
  6. Cut two triangles out of the black as well , snip the top point off.
  7. Start peeling the backings off. Only peel off as much as will be touching the green foam. Start with the hair add it to the face ( the glue should be dry enough to turn the face over without the magnet falling off, if it does pop it back on and wait.
  8. Next add the long strip ( the mouth) and the small strips across it. 
  9. Add the ears ( well really they are bolts, but they are about where people’s ears are). Again only peel back the backing for the part that is touching the green foam.
  10. Glue on the eyes. Let dry completely.

Your little ghoul too young for this craft? Try our preschooler friendly Paper Roll Frankenstein instead.

Monster Books

Monster Mess! by Margery Cuyler is a silly rhyming book about a monster who isn’t interested in scaring you, but rather cleaning up your messes. Readers follow along as the monster creeps through the house finding messes and tidying up. I personally loved it when the monster stepped on blocks, who reading this with kids hasn’t stepped on toys like Lego and screamed in pain?! I know I do, a lot so that part resonated with me . The illustrations by S.D. Schindler are done at funky angles and perspectives and adds a lot to the text. It’s not scary at all and a great monster choice for more fearful kids.

Molly’s Monsters by Teddy Slater is a counting book in monster’s clothes. The book is about a little girl named Molly who is just trying to sleep when her room is flooded with monsters. They come in progressively larger groups and my son liked  counting to make sure the text was correct. My favorite part was that the first monster to arrive and the last to leave , never does leave and instead snuggles into bed with Molly. I also like that to get these pesky visitors to leave she turns on the light and makes a scary face and scares them. Clever.

When a Monster Is Born by Sean Taylor is funny, my son didn’t find it as funny as I did but he still laughed and didn’t seem scared any of it. The story is about a monster and all the life changing choices he faces every day like whether to eat a principal or run through a wall of a school. This book feels like a choose your own adventure book, it’s fun , repetitive and silly. There is quite a bit of talk about monsters eating people , though nothing too gory.