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Paper Plate Bat Craft

Are you looking for Halloween book-inspired activities? One of our favorite books is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colando.  In this spooktacular twist on the classic, the old lady swallowed everything from a cat to an owl to a bat.  After reading this tale, create this easy-to-make Paper Plate Bat Craft.

Book-Inspired Craft for Kids


Paper Plate Bat Craft:

Creating crafts can be a fun way for kids to develop their fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination, muscle strength, and much more. These developmental skills are important, because they will help children be able to hold a pencil, write, and even turn pages in a book. 


Bat Craft


How To Make A Paper Plate Bat Craft:

What’s Needed:

  • Small Paper Plates
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black Card Stock
  • Googly Eyes
  • White Crayon, Chalk, or Marker


Halloween Craft


How To Make A Paper Plate Bat Craft:

The begin making this Halloween craft, first draw a zig-zag line down the center of one of the paper plates. Then, cut on the line so the paper plate is in two pieces.


Paper Plate Craft


Next, glue one half of it to the other paper plate so the side that you cut is pointed down. Then, glue the other half of the paper plate to the other side. After the glue dries, paint the paper plates with black paint.


Craft for Kids


After the paint dries, cut two small triangles out of the black card stock and glue them on the top of the paper plate for the bat’s ears. Next, glue the two googly eyes on the center of the paper plate. Finally, draw a mouth using the white crayon, chalk, or marker.


Extend The Learning:

If you are looking for a way to extend this Halloween craft into a learning activity, here are some ways to add an educational component to this project:


Your kids are sure to enjoy creating this simple Paper Plate Bat after reading There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat. Or, add this bat craft to your unit on nocturnal animals for some extra fun.



Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save this process art activity for later? Pin this to your crafts for kids board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Paper Plate Bat Craft


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