Bats (13 Days of Halloween Ideas)

I decided to do a fun Halloween countdown with my daughter (read more about it HERE). While we aren’t starting quite yet, I wanted to compile all my ideas by October 18th so I am ready to go. Each day has it’s own Halloween theme. Enjoy!

Our sixth theme for our 13 day countdown is bats. Here are some of the fun ideas I have found (sorted by category). And while I will only have time to do two or three of these ideas, I wanted to include everything I found that was noteworthy. Many of these were found on Pinterest (i just LOVE this site!) some are on my wiki, and some I have found through google searches.

Service Project (Same concept as 12 days of Christmas…but with a Halloween twist!)
  • Write kind notes on paper bats and hang on someone’s porch!
  • Make bat treats to share with a friend/neighbor.
Literature
Stellaluna This is a good book teaching a great lesson that we should accept each other’s differences. I haven’t read this to my daughter yet, but I know she will love it. And right after we read it, she will want to role play the story (Boo is into these role playing activities now).


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat We love this book… a fun Halloween version of a classic tale. 
Learning Time Fun
Cross Rhodes Academy posted an educational bat lapbook… I love the study of diurnal and nocturnal animals. Great for older kids (although I think I could adapt it for my little one)

Making Learning Fun has a great section on bat activities and printables. I love the bat dot-to-dot, tangram page, roll and add bat, dot marker page, and -at word family bats. So many ideas!

Write sight words on paper bats and hang them from the ceiling… a fun and creative way to see those words! You could play games- like stand under the word “the”, or listen to music and fly around the room from bat to bat …when the music stops, you must shout out the bat word nearest you. (I am sensing a family night activity…)

Bat shaped paper printable from Story It. Would be fun to have kiddos write facts about bats, a haunted bat poem, or a bat fictional story.

A Kids Heart has a whole page devoted to the learning of bats- would be great for older kids.

Treats & Eats
Woman’s Day posted a boo-a-licious (yes I just made up that word bat cupcake. I have never worked with fondant, but for those brave souls out there this could be fun!

Cute bat treats from Rice Krispies…. boy just typing the name of that site is making me hungry!

Yummers! I love these oreo bat cookie pops from the Party Animal.

Bat bites recipe from My Recipes. This would be a great appetizer or snack!

Arts & Crafts
This darling craft/treat from Skip to my Lou (LOVE this site!) would be a fun gift to give to neighbors and friends. There is a regular size and a mini candy bar version (free pdf download). The cutting would most likely rest on my shoulders… but my Boo would like to help inserting the candy bar! I just better make sure it stays there!

Better Homes and Gardens posted a bat cone that can hold treats. Great for a party favor, or just a little basket to stash more candy.
Another Better Homes and Gardens find…. bat drink stirrers. How fun would this bat stick be with marshmallows…. a perfect stirrer for hot chocolate (I think… this idea has yet to be tested!)
Purely for fun posted a paper plate bat project.

Thrifty Decor Chick has a fun post on decorating for Halloween on a budget… including this idea to cut out paper bats and hang them on the wall. Simple, yet brilliant.

Ideas 4 Kids posted a simple bat finger puppet. Would be cute to use in a Halloween puppet show for family night!



DLTK has some fun bat crafts.. I like these handprint bats!


Games
Bats Brew game from Parents Connect– so easy, so fun, and kids can help make in the game preparation! I love that this can be played with a small number of people.. great for our little family! (note to self: adapt this game for my daughter’s safari/Halloween themed birthday party)

Fingerplays and Songs 
This was found at Kid’n’Kaboodle.

Five Little Bats
One little bat was trying to behave.
He hung upside down from his feet in a cave.
Another bat flew in, and said, “How do you do?”
The second joined the first, and then there were 2!
2 little bats were trying to behave.
They hung upside down from their feet in a cave.
To help pass the time, they sang “Do re me”
Another bat joined the song, and then there were 3.
3 little bats were trying to behave
They hung upside down from their feet in a cave
From their cave perch, they looked down at the floor,
A new bat joined the game, and then there were 4.
4 little bats were trying to behave.
They hung upside down from their feet in a cave.
One little bat zoomed inside and did a dive.
He stayed to take a rest, and with him there were 5.

Misc
Bat Dots… I love to see our candy is getting ready for the holiday!

Happy Haunting!

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