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Halloween is in the air, and that means doing fun, seasonal crafts with the kids! I know we teachers are always short on time and crafts can sometimes get put aside – but I think they can be valuable for adding in a bit of holiday fun, a break from the norm, and of course – the teacher’s example is NOT the rule! Let kids explore their creativity and take them their own way, and it makes it even better. This Clothespin Bat Craft is perfect for Halloween, and by adding a magnet to the back, you can turn it into a fun craft for kids to take home and proudly display!
*Pair with our Halloween Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Supplies for the Clothespin Bat Craft
To make these adorable little critters, you want to first gather your supplies:
- Bat Wing template (download below)
- White and black craft foam sheets
- Black paint
- Glue (hot glue or school glue)
- Googly eyes
Teacher Tip: If I am having parents help me in the classroom, like at a Halloween party station, etc. – I typically make a sample to set out, and then have the supplies on a tray for them to help the kids.
Making the Bat Craft
Now you are set to make your clothespin bats!
First, lay down some scrap paper and paint your clothespins black.
Paint the front and sides completely, but you can leave the back blank if you’d like. Be sure to set it aside and give it time to completely dry. You may want to have one station for painting, and then kids come back to it, or paint the clothespins beforehand with them.
Print the bat wing template and cut it out.
Then trace the bat wing onto black craft foam and cut that out as well.
RELATED RESOURCE: Halloween Writing Center Activities
Next, cut triangle shapes out of black craft foam for bat ears.
Then use your white foam to cut small triangles for bat fangs.
Now that you have your pieces, squeeze open a dry clothespin, add a dab of glue and insert your bat wings.
Glue the ears inside the top of the clothespin, glue on googly eyes, and glue the white fangs under the googly eyes to make your cute (and not too creepy) bat!
You can either leave the bats as is, or, you can turn them over and add a magnet for a fun option to have kids take home and stick them on their fridge or any magnetic surface!
Don’t these look cute holding up kids’ awesome art work on a fridge?
Grab the FREE Template
Ready to start crafting? Grab the free bat wing template by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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