Bats are very popular with many children, and if your kid loves crafts, they’ll probably love the idea of making bat crafts. You can get really creative with bat crafts, and children both young and old will love these suggestions.
You can find all sorts of ideas for creating bats very quickly and easily, and you don’t have to go crazy with the complexity to make some really cool crafts. Here are our top picks for bat crafts for preschoolers.
Simple Origami Bat Bookmark
It’s no secret that most children love practical crafts, and if your child is keen on reading, this bookmark is the absolutely perfect option. You will probably have to help with quite a bit of the folding on this one, but it’s not too messy as crafts go, and shouldn’t take very long!
Your bat bookmark will require the following supplies:
- Googly eyes
- Black card
- White paper
- Black origami paper
- A pencil
Step 1: Fold Your Origami Paper
Help your child fold origami paper to create a triangle in one direction, and crease the fold firmly.
Unfold it and turn it, folding to create a triangle in the other direction. You want the color on the outside.
Turn the triangle so that the shortest point is at the top. Next, take the upper sheet of the paper and carefully fold it back over itself, so you end up with a small triangle of the white side of the origami paper facing up.
Step 2: Keep Folding The Paper
Take the left corner of the triangle and fold it halfway over so that the point meets the bottom of the triangle you just folded back. Next, fold the right edge to the center in the same motion. Fold both creases down well.
Step 3: Unfold The Paper
Unfold the two edges you have just folded, flattening them back out.
Step 4: Fold Up The Corners
Take the left corner you have just unfolded and fold it up toward the top center of the triangle. Crease it, and then do the same with the right-hand corner that you unfolded.
Step 5: Tuck The Flaps
You should now have two flaps you can tuck down under the edge, forming the bat’s head. You’ve now got a top of black origami paper, with the “mouth” in white beneath it.
If your child gets restless during these steps (they are a little fiddly for small fingers), you can whip up a few of these templates for them to decorate in advance. They will love the next part, so consider doing this part yourself in a few minutes, and then call them over to join in.
Step 6: Cut The Wings And Fangs Out
Grab your black card and draw some cute little bat wings on it. Your child can draw some too, and you can decide which ones to use. Cut them out.
Next, draw some little fangs on the white paper, and cut them out.
Step 7: Glue The Parts On
With a bit of glue, you can now help your child attach the wings and fangs to the main body. Glue the wings to the back of the bat, and the fangs on the underside of the top of the bat’s mouth for maximum neatness.
Step 8: Attach The Eyes
If you don’t have googly eyes, you can cut some little circles out of white paper and add some black smaller circles inside, but googly eyes will make this craft more fun and interactive for your little one.
You’ve now got a great bookmark, perfect for chomping on the corners of books. These look so cute, and you can do lots of other styles – but the bat is one of the best! Be prepared to make one for all your children, and possibly yourself as well.
Pom-Pom Bat Craft
Did not use sources: Pom pom bat craft was something I created myself and looking online, I can find similar but no identical ideas, so I think this is original.
You’ve probably seen those cute, fluffy pom poms you can buy in craft shops, and you may even have some in your craft box – but what to do with them? Well, bat pom poms are seriously cute and easy as crafts go, so here’s a suggestion that may work for you.
Kids will love having a pocket bat they can tuck in their bag and take to school. If you have lots of different sizes of pom-poms, you could even make a whole bat family for them to play with.
For this craft, you will need:
- Two black pom poms, in different sizes
- Black card
- Googly eyes
- A glue gun
- Black yarn
- White paper
Step 1: Glue The Pom Poms Together
Take your two little pom poms and glue them together, making the little one your bat’s head and the bigger one the body. Set them aside while the glue dries (or use a glue gun to speed this process up a bit, especially if you’ve got an impatient little one waiting at your shoulder).
Step 2: Cut Out The Wings
Sketch some little bat wings onto a piece of stiff black card and then cut them out. Again, you can get your little one involved by drawing their own set of wings, and then choosing which they want to use for their bat.
To get your wings nice and even, it can help to cut one out first and draw around it. If your card isn’t stiff enough, consider cutting another couple of wings out and sticking them together to make it stronger.
You can also wrap these wings in black yarn if you want to make them fluffy and give them some texture and more solidity. You may want to bend them gently to curve them around your bat’s body a bit. Ask your child what they think of the positioning.
Step 3: Stick The Wings To The Bat
Help your child glue the wings into the right places on either side of the bat’s body. A glue gun will work best for this, otherwise, you may find that they keep shifting while the glue is drying.
Step 4: Give Your Bat Eyes And Fangs
Get your child to choose some little googly eyes for your bat and help them stick them into the right place.
You can then cut two little white fangs out of paper, and help your child to stick them into place below the eyes. Your bat is almost complete!
Step 5: Glue-On Some Yarn
If you want to make your child’s bat “fly,” you can cut an extra length of black yarn and glue it to the back of your bat’s head. Add a little loop at the top for your child to put their finger through, and you’ve got a wonderful pet bat for them to swoop around with!
Step 6: Make Some Feet (Optional)
You might decide that the pom-pom bat would look better with toes. If so, you can easily cut some little feet from cards and just glue them onto the body at the bottom. It’s best to glue them flat, rather than having them sticking out, or they may get knocked off when your child is playing with the bat.
A pet bat or a bat bookmark will prove very popular with your little one, and they are both fun, easy crafts. You will certainly have to help with the glue and cutting, but your child can do plenty in these moments too and will have a lot of fun helping you.