Bats Theme and Activities

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Have fun and learn more about this mysterious animal for Halloween. You can plan a theme about bats or add these ideas to your Halloween plans.

Bat Songs and Fingerplays

Little Bats
1 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.

Five Bats
Five black bats ready to soar
One stayed behind, now ther are four.
Four black bats hanging from a tree;
One fell down, now there are three.
Three black bats wondering what to do,
One flew away and now there are two.
Two black bats sitting in the sun
One fell asleep leaving only one.
One lonesome bat, with no place to go,
Went hiding in a cave, Now there are zero.

Spooky Bats
Spooky bats go flying at night,
Flapping about in the pale moonlight.
Spreading their wings, they're a scary sight!
But truth be told, there's no need for fright.

Spooky bats are really not bad.
They eat harmful insects, for which we're glad!
They're somewhat shy, I might also add.
But never grab one - it could get mad!

Spooky bats like to sleep in the day.
They hang upside down and doze that way!
Caves and trees are where they stay.
Until it grows dark - then it's up and away.

Bats Are Sleeping (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Bats are sleeping
Bats are sleeping
Upside down.
Upside down.
Sleeping in the morning sun.
Waiting for the night to come.
Then they'll fly all around.
Then they'll fly all around.

Bat Art Activities

Cookie Cutter Prints
Dip Bat Cookie Cutters in paint and make prints on paper.

Clothespin Bats
Cut a bat shape out of foam or thick paper. Have children color or paint the bats, glue on googly eyes, then glue onto a clothespin.

Paint small mini-pumpkins with black paint. Allow children to cut out black bat wings from construction paper to attach to their pumpking when it is dry (use toothpicks to attach). Glue on eyes (googly eyes, construction paper eyes, glitter eyes, etc.).

Bat Math and Science

Bat Cave Counting
Place bats into a brown paper bag (and call it the 'bat cave'). Have children pick a random card with a number on it. Instruct them to reach into the 'cave' and pull out that many bats.

Who Likes Bats Graph
Find out if your children like bats by creating a bar graph of how many children like bats vs. don't like bats.

Bat Senses
Though bats do not see very well, most bats send out sounds that bounce off objects and return to the bat's ears as echoes. A bat can decide where objects are, how big objects are, even the shape of objects so they know what is food and what they might run into. Group children in pairs and have one child put on a blindfold. The other child claps or snaps fingers and the blindfolded child points to where the sound is coming from.

Bat Snacks

Bat Grog

  • 2 cups grape juice
  • lime sherbet
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • lemon sherbet
Mix all ingredients together and chill.


Fudgy Bat Cookies
Cut chocolate wafer cookies into half with a serrated knife. Put a teaspoon of melted chocolate onto wax paper and position the cookie halves for wings.

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