Eerie Eco-Bats

ecobatsCreate fun, eco-friendly bat decorations for Halloween using recycled materials! Goals:

  • To have fun creating unique bat decorations for Halloween
  • To recycle materials from home for a one-of-a-kind art project
  • To encourage creativity and self-expression

Before You Start: Have children collect clean, empty cardboard egg cartons from home (or provide some for those who do not have any). Set out paint cups with Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint in various colors, paintbrushes, scissors, wiggly eyes, glitter, white Colorations® construction paper, scissors and glue. Cut out small sections of the egg cartons for the children to use; they can be in sets of 3 cups or 5 cups, depending on how large the final bats will be. Finally, pre-cut pieces of yarn or string for hanging.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Provide children with their own egg carton sections. Demonstrate how to cut the outside cups with a zig-zag pattern to look like bat wings, making sure not to cut the cup in the center (which will become the face/body).

Step 2. Have children paint their egg carton bats. Encourage them to be creative with the colors and to design their bats any way they like.

Step 3. Once the bats are dried, have the children give their bats faces and decorate with the collage materials provided. Children can cut vampire "teeth" using construction paper to glue to their bats' faces.

Step 4. Show children how to gently poke a hole in the top of their bats' body and thread one of the pre-cut pieces of yarn through for hanging.

Step 5. Now everyone has a one-of-a-kind bat to display around the classroom for Halloween!

Furthermore: Gather children together for circle time and share their unique decorations. This a great opportunity to teach a lesson about science by encouraging discussion about bats and their habitats. The teacher may also read a Halloween-related story aloud to the children that features bats and/or vampire bats.

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