Halloween Bat Craft
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Scissor Skills Halloween Craft
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 strait 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 on our landing page, here.
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.
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