Bat Halloween Craft

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Fall is here and that means it’s time to pull out the halloween crafts! This bat Halloween craft is a favorite in our house, and it’s actually a fun way to celebrate Halloween with kids without spooky decorations. We made another bat craft based on a Halloween book here on The OT Toolbox, and this Halloween craft for kids is one that they will get batty over! 

Bat Halloween Craft

This craft idea is one that doesn’t need a lot of materials. In fact, it’s a simple craft idea that is big on the fine motor buck! When kids make this bat craft, they will be boosting skills such as fine motor strength and dexterity in a big way.
For more Halloween craft ideas, check out some of the ideas at the bottom of this post…it’s the perfect addition if you’re looking for Halloween crafts for toddlers or Halloween crafts for preschool parties.
Make this bat craft at a Halloween party for kids for a fun Halloween craft idea that isn't spooky!


Bat Craft

We made this bat craft with a fun sensory twist.  And, since we have a certain second grader that is cursive handwriting obsessed, we decided to add a cursive handwriting twist to this activity.  This activity could work to help kids with letter formation of upper case letters, lowercase letters, or numbers too. The possibilities are endless. 
 
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Halloween bat craft and creative letter formation activity in this sensory Halloween craft that is a Scissor Skill power house.  Appropriate and fun for creative kids from preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school aged.

How to Make a Bat Craft

To make your bat craft, you’ll need just a few materials:
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black cardstock 
black yarn 
Glue 
Scissors (THIS is my favorite brand and the ones that I always recommended as an Occupational Therapist!)

Halloween craft for preschool

This is a great halloween craft for preschoolers because it’s a fantastic way to work on scissor skills with a halloween activity.

First draw and cut a bat-ish shape on the cardstock.  Kids can cut out the shape using their Scissors for great scissor skill work.  The bat shape is a complex cutting shape and can be done by Elementary aged students.  Cutting the angled wings and curves can be difficult, but by using the cardstock, kids will get a bit fore proprioceptive feedback from the thicker resistance of the paper material.  To make the task easier, cut wings without the jagged lines or use thicker cutting lines when you draw the bat shape.  

Once you have the bat, you’ll need to cut pieces of the black yarn.  Have your child cut long or short pieces, it doesn’t really matter what length they wish to cut for their bat’s texture.  Cutting the yarn is a great material to practice appropriate scissor positioning and bilateral hand coordination.  

If a child is holding the scissors on an angle, cutting the yarn will be more difficult.  (You may see them trying to “saw” at the yarn!) Encourage them to hold the scissors straight up and down and the blades of the scissors at a 90 degree angle to the yarn.  You can find more of our Scissor Skills activities.

Kids will love to make this Halloween bat craft while working on fine motor skills and scissor skills...great halloween craft for kids!

Next, pour some glue into a shallow dish or plate.  Show your child how to drag the yarn through the glue and get it nice and saturated with the glue.  Use both hands to pinch and “scrape” off excess glue from the piece of yarn.  Next, drape the black yarn on the bat shape.  You can let your child get as creative as they wish with this part.  Some might like to outline the bat shape and others, just pile it up on the bat.  Let the glue and yarn harden and you’ll have a textured bat craft to use in Halloween decor this Fall.  You will have to wait for the glue to dry, probably overnight.

Handwriting Practice with a bat craft!

Halloween textured bat craft and creative letter formation activity in this sensory Halloween craft that is a Scissor Skill power house.  Appropriate and fun for creative kids from preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school aged.

Work on letter formation with this fun Halloween bat craft!
 
We used those saturated yarn pieces to build cursive letters.  This would be an excellent way to practice cursive letter formation in our Creative Cursive handwriting journal activity.
Use this Bat Craft for kids to work on letter formation of any kind. It’s a creative writing activity that they will be sure to remember. Work on forming individual letters, spelling sight words, or making Halloween words.

Halloween party idea for kids

This would work as a very fun…and very sensory…Halloween party idea for classroom parties or Halloween with kids in general.
  1. Split kids up into teams. Give each team a collection of cut black yarn and a bowl of glue.
  2. Write a Halloween word on the board or hold up a sign with a Halloween word.
  3. Each team has to work together to use the cut yarn and glue to spell the Halloween word on a piece of paper or cardboard.
  4. Once a team has completed the word, they have to hold up their paper or cardboard. The first team to spell the word with the letters sticking wins! (Too much glue or not enough glue will make this a fun race for Halloween parties for kids of all ages.)
Halloween textured bat craft and creative letter formation activity in this sensory Halloween craft that is a Scissor Skill power house.  Appropriate and fun for creative kids from preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school aged.
Build printed letters with the glue yarn, too.  We had a lot of fun with this Halloween craft and it was a hit with all of my kids…from preschool on up to grade school.
 

Halloween Craft Ideas

Check out some of these other Halloween activities and crafts:
  • Make a Spider Craft using potato stamps. Fun for parties or just Halloween fun with the kids!
  • Use cookie cutters and chalk to make Halloween Chalk Art. It’s a messy and sensory Halloween activity that the whole family can get involved in.

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