Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bb is for Bat and more Batty Activities...

We made this simple bat craft and had fun flying around the house! 
Above you can see how the parts that I cut out for little man. I guided him as he glued them together.  After making our bats, I thought that this would be cute attached to a toilet paper tube.  You could have them paint it black first. Just a thought. 

Other activities..
We focused on the letter Bb and the sound it makes.  Sing a song.. Bb is for bat.. ba ba ba, Bb is for bat... ba ba ba.

Read a bat poem/song..

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.

Read a book.. my favorite.. Stellaluna

Pretend you are a bat. Be prepared to hear the kids squeal as they see a grown person flapping their wings and running around.

Learn about bats.  When do they sleep?  What do they eat?  What other animals are similar to bats?  How are they different.

So many more bat ideas here... Going Batty from Kinder Korner.

For older children..

My kids (8 and 10) love to research animals.  They would enjoy learning more about different types of bats and then using this info to create a PowerPoint slide show.

The following are  links to bat websites...
Smithsonian: Bat facts
Discovery Kids: Are bats really blind?

Write a poem or funny story about a bat?  Write an interview for a bat.. what questions would you ask a bat?

Read Stellaluna with older children and then watch the cartoon.  Have them compare and contrast the movie with the book.  Which did they like better and why?



Chels said...

Bats are definitely interesting creatures! We have the Stellaluna DVD and my kids like it a lot. Back in June we watched a close-up of a bat getting nectar. Check it out, it's cool!
Hope your fall is simply fantastic!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the bat song!Stellaluna is a favorite of mine too.

OneMommy said...

What a cute bat!
Stellalluna is a fav. here! :)

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