C loves bats. In fact, his favorite stuffed animal is a vampire bat! Last Christmas, we let each of our children choose an animal to adopt through WWF, and C chose the vampire bat.
We recently found a Magic School Bus video about bats at the library and decided to have a day of bat fun. Books are always involved in our themes and we have a few bat favorites. We read Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. Both of these books are wonderful and I definitely recommend them.
C and R really enjoy crafts and snacks that match our theme days. I found some good ones for bat day! The Enchanted Learning website has simple directions to make bat clips.
I drew bat wings onto craft foam and bat bodies onto black construction paper (I thought the construction paper would make the wings flap a little more and the foam bodies might hold up better). C and I cut them out and glued them to clothespins. First glue the wings and then glue the body on top of the wings. Then add googly eyes and you are done! I used a hot glue gun but you can certainly use regular glue.
We clipped the bats to our drapes and plan on making more for Halloween decorations. Super frugal and cute Halloween decorations! We might even glue on some black glitter. I know it's early, but my children have been excited about Halloween for months now.
I found the perfect cupcake recipe for our batty day, and they will definitely be reappearing for Halloween. How great is this?
They are super easy to make too. 1. Frost your cupcake (I may use orange frosting for Halloween). 2. Cut a Keebler Fudge Stripe (don't skimp on the cookies, the cheap kind don't taste as good and sometimes they don't have holes) cookie in half and push the halves into the cupcake to look like bat wings. 3. Place a Hershey's Kiss in front of the wings as shown above. 4. Add red eyes with red decorating gel.
As you can tell, we had a lot of fun with this theme!