Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Quick & Easy Bat Puppets

Quick & Easy Bat Puppets!

DIY Quick & Easy Bat Puppets

Get ready for Halloween with these quick and easy bat puppets! Kids can create them in a few minutes, for tons of bat-tastic fun!bats2

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Looking for a quick and easy project that your kids can create this fall? These bat puppets are sure to add just the right amount of crafty fun to your bat unit. Kids can use these bat puppets in dramatic play, to act out stories, poems, or math problems. Since they created the bats, they seem to take great pride and interest in the bats. I’ve even had kids ask to use the bats to work on fluency. Your whole class may want to “Read it like a bat…”Quick & Easy Bat Puppets

MaterialsMaking bat puppets

  • Card stock or construction paper (at least 2 colors)
  • 2 Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors per bat
  • 2 googley eyes per bat
  • Glue
  • Tape

DIY- Quick & Easy Bat Puppets

These bat puppets are unbelievably easy to make.

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Step 1:

First, gather your supplies and print out the bat template (if desired). I drew my own bats freehand, but I tried to recreate the wings and head for you on the computer. Since I don’t have any fancy software to create clip art, I used the handy shapes in Publisher. Feel free to create your own bat shapes!


Step 2:

After cutting out a template for the bat’s head and body, you will provide these templates to students. The kids will then use the sample to trace the bat shapes.


When tracing the bat’s wings, fold the paper in half. Make sure the middle of the wings are placed over the fold of the paper, so your wings will open and flap.


Step 3:

Then, glue the bat’s head in the middle of the wings. And glue or draw eyes on the bat’s head.picture5

Step 4:

Flip the bat over and tape a popsicle stick to the bottom of each wing. picture6 Now, you are ready to play! Kids can hold on to each popsicle stick and flap the bat’s wings.picture9

Looking for some more bat activities?

Check out my Grab & Go Portable Word Walls and Little Books: Bat Edition and the FREE companion pack!

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Use the word cards for sorting, exploring a concept, identifying bat characteristics, writing, word classification, and so much more!

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Sort bat characteristics with these differentiated charts. There are charts with and without pictures, as well as, open ended charts.








Use the “Going Batty” poetry pack to explore ordinal numbers and following directions!

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Tons of opportunities for hands-on learning!









Students can practice identifying upper and lowercase letters, as well as, identifying letter sounds with this engaging “Roll, Say, Keep” game!  See “Roll, Say, Keep” in action here.







Hope you found some fun bat ideas to use with your kids! What are some of the bat activities you use with your kids? I’d love to hear about them!

Laura from Differentiation Station Creations

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