Go “batty” and create a cool Halloween decoration!
- Elmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue™
- Cardboard Toilet Tissue Tube
- Black Tempera Paint
- Black Posterboard
- Black Felt
- Jiggly Eyes
- Elastic Cord
1. Cut two triangular bat ears into one end of a cardboard toilet tissue tube.
2. Flatten the other end of the tube and staple it shut about 1” from the bottom. Cut a crescent shape into the bottom end of the toilet tissue tube below the staple. Be sure not to cut above the staple.
3. Paint the tube black. Let the paint dry completely.
4. Cut out bat wings about 8” wide and 5” high from black posterboard. Cut out identical wings from black felt. Glue the felt to the posterboard wings. Let the glue dry completely.
5. Staple the wings to the back of the bat’s body (the toilet tissue tube). Make sure the felt side of the wings faces forward.
6. Glue a pair of Jiggly Eyes to the front of the bat’s head, just below the ears. Let the glue dry completely.
7. Staple a piece of elastic cord to the bat’s back. Hang it up from the ceiling!
• Encourage students to research bats. Have students find out about a bat’s physical features, diet, habitat, and more. Ask each student to write five interesting facts that they learn about bats on a note card. Have students share their facts with the rest of the class.
• Use this project to introduce key vocabulary words, such as bat, sonar, nocturnal, mammal, and cave. Help students use each vocabulary word in a sentence.
• Ask students to write a short story with a scary Halloween theme. Give students a prompt to help them get started. For example, “The cave was as dark as midnight. Suddenly, the students heard the flapping of wings.”