Like it or loathe it, it is Halloween this weekend, and although it goes without saying that we certainly don’t need any more terrifying things in the world at the moment, the weather looks like it will force us indoors with fun-seeking children to entertain. Pumpkin carving can be messy and stressful, other activities hard to source and complicated, so we thought we would show you a simple craft with easy supplies that is suitable for both toddlers and older children. Depending on the age and wish of your child, their bat can be as scary or as friendly as they want, and after making them you can string them around the house or tape up in windows.
• Paper Bat Template (below)
• black card
• bowls for tracing
• googly eyes
• white crayon or coloured pencil
1. Use our paper bat template or cut out two circles (one smaller than the other) from your black card and two triangle bat ears. We traced two different sized bowls with a pencil to get our circles. We used the smaller one for the bat face and larger circle for the wings.
2. Fold your larger circle accordion style. This is not only great for working fine motor skills but the accordion fold gives the bat’s wings lovely texture. When you are finished folding the circle use your scissors to cut the circle in half. Now you have two bat wings.
3. Glue your bat wings onto the sides of your other circle. Glue your bat ears onto your paper bat. Glue your googly eyes onto your bat.
4. Finish your paper bat craft by using your white crayon to draw a mouth and some spooky vampire teeth onto your bat.
And there you have it! A simple, fun craft and lots of friendly (or terrifying!) nocturnal companions at the end of it! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!