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Letter BB is for Bat

Animals > Mammals > Forest > Bats

Colors >  Black and Brown

> Printable Bat Craf

Holidays and Events >
*Oct. 31st > Halloween

> Counting, Sizing, Sorting

> Ovals, circle, crescent

This easy craft can be included within lesson plan activities related to the bat and/or Halloween holiday. 

Links are provided to lesson plan activities column to learn about bats, alphabet B is for Bats and more.

Review craft printing options and suggested learning activities while assembling the craft.

Note:  Handprints Suggestions
Trace one handprint on the lower portion of the template of your choice, cut out, and use as a master template.  Turn the handprint cut-out around to obtain left and right handed prints (2 of each).  Trace over black or tan/brown construction paper (brown grocery paper works well) using a gel pen, light colored crayon/pencil.  

The second method is to make painted handprints; two of each left hand and right hand and cut out when dry.

Printing option 1:  Print your selection of black or brown color template for body.  Discuss colors (black or brown tones) on the template. 

Print option 2
:  Print the black & white template.  Children can color, paint, or print directly to color paper of your choice.  

Option 3:  For Large Groups 6 or more
Print the black and white template directly onto brown, tan, or dark color paper.  Trace and cut out matching handprints ahead of time.

Options 4:  (Recycle)

Print the black and white format, cut out and use as a master pattern,  trace over left over recyclable materials such as:  
1.  Brown grocery bag material is a good choice and it is sturdy.  The face features are easy to duplicate by hand and glue paper eyes or craft wiggly eyes. 

2.  Trace over black construction paper with a sharpened white or light color crayon/pencil, or gel pen, cut out and assemble.

3.  For a more permanent craft or decorational piece trace over  "foamies" and use permanent pen to make facial features.

Craft Assembly and Learning Activities (after pieces are decorated and cut out)

At the top of the template is a suggested sequence of assembly.
1.  Assemble body and have children identify the recognizable shapes:  head (circle), body (oval)

2.  Assemble handprints as illustrated in the template.  Children will need assistance particularly with the handprint assembly. 

3.  Glue the body over the hand print so that thumbs are the bat's ears.

The assembly of the craft is quite similar to putting a puzzle together and involves problem solving and small motor skills, and during the assembly review shapes and counting the template pieces (numerals).

Other decorating ideas:
1.  Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) to make a hand puppet.

2.  Add a looped ribbon or  pieces of yarn or string in various lengths to hang many of them as window ornaments.

3.  Use the craft to decorate plain gift bags, or as a large gift tag for a large gift.


Printable Craft:
Available to print in black, brown tones or coloring page format
Preschool Printable Craft - Bat
Preschool Printable Craft Bat Craft (Brown Tones)

Illustrations only Print templates links below

Visit related Alphabet B Bat Activities & matching printable materials:

Craft Templates


*Brown Tones

*Black & White

*regular paper (white or colored)
*construction paper
*card stock
*Trace over "foamies"
or recycle and trace over left over materials suggested in the instructions

*something to color with


Optional: wiggly eyes

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