Can you believe it’s almost fall already?! As soon as September comes around, we start thinking all about Halloween crafts and activities for kids.
We love doing kid-friendly, non-scary Halloween activities with the family that gets our creativity flowing.
This handprint bat craft is a perfect example of one of our favorite Halloween crafts for kids!
It’s a simple paper craft that uses common crafting supplies and turns your child’s handprints into a cute bat keepsake.
Read on or watch the video below to see how to make this cute little guy with your kids or students.
Handprint Bat Craft For Kids
We love this bat craft because it uses craft supplies most moms and teachers already have in stock!
If you don’t have all these things available to you and you still want to try the craft be sure to read our substitution and adaptation section below!
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- White card stock
- Googly eyes (we used .75″ and 1″)
- Glue stick
- Bat craft template (form at the end of the page)
Download the bat craft template and print it onto the colored card stock indicated on each page. Cut out the pieces and set them aside.
Trace your child’s hand onto the colored cardstock you chose for the bat’s body 2 times. Cut out both handprints.
Begin to assemble the bat by gluing the 2 kid’s handprints to either side of the bat’s body.
Attach the little bat feet to the bottom of the bat’s body.
Glue the belly onto the center of the bat’s stomach.
Glue the inner ear onto both of the ears.
Glue the white smile beneath the eyes.
Attach one large and one medium googly eye to the middle of the bat’s head.
That’s all there is to it!
Want some more fun and educational Halloween printables for your kids? We’ve got you covered! Our Halloween printables bundle has a little bit of everything – from color by number pages to pattern block mats & more. Your kids will have a blast practicing their fine motor skills, counting, letter recognition, and more. It’s packed with 77 pages of fun so there’s lots of variety and learning potential. Your kids will never get bored!
Bat Template Notes
When you download the free bat template, there are a few things to note.
If you’re doing this Halloween craft with your kids, then you’ll probably want to print out the first page of the template which has all of the bat pieces on one page.
You’ll print this off on white card stock and cut out all the pieces. Then, when your kids are ready to do the craft, they will trace those individual pieces onto the colored card stock and cut their individual pieces out themselves.
If on the other hand you’re doing this craft with several children, in a classroom, library or daycare setting, you’ll want the second template included in the download. There are four pages, each with a different piece of the bat on a page.
With this template, you’ll print the pages out on the colored card stock directly and give these to the children. This will speed up the process and will allow the kids to skip tracing and just cut one time.
Craft Substitutions & Adaptations
Love this craft but don’t have all the supplies on hand? Here are a few ways to make substitutions.
First, you can get rid of the googly eyes. We think the googly eyes make this craft super cute and silly, but if you don’t have any at home you can always substitute with white paper.
Simply cut or use a circle punch to make 2 circles and glue them onto the bat. Then use a black marker to draw in the pupils! Easy peasy!
If your child doesn’t yet have the fine motor skills necessary to cut out the thin bat smile, you can always forgo this piece. Instead, take a marker and draw on a cute smile.
You can also remove the bat’s inner ear and belly pieces and instead allow the kids to draw these parts on with markers.
Halloween Unit Ideas
Halloween is a great time to get kids excited about learning. With all the fun and excitement of costumes, candy, and pumpkin carving, it’s easy to forget that Halloween can also be a great opportunity to teach kids too.
A Halloween unit study can help kids learn important skills like using scissors, exercising creativity, following directions, and so much more!
Read on below to get ready in no time at all.
Kids’ Halloween Books
Reading aloud to kids is one of the best ways to foster a love of reading in them. When parents take the time to read aloud to their kids, it sends the message that reading is important and worth their time.
Kids who are read to regularly tend to have better reading skills, so it’s a great way to help them prepare for school.
Reading aloud also gives parents a chance to bond with their kids and share in the joy of a good story. And finally, it’s just plain fun! So go ahead and grab a book off the shelf and start reading aloud to your little ones today.
Below are some of the top-rated Halloween books for kids. Add them to your home collection or borrow them from your local library.
Room On The Broom: This has to be one of our favorite Halloween books of all time! The story follows a witch and her cat as they happen upon some animals who help the witch. There’s danger, mystery, and friendship in this adorable children’s story.
5 Minute Spooky Stories: We love Disney’s 5-minute storybooks and this one is perfect for Halloween! See how all your favorite Disney characters celebrate this spooky holiday.
Ten Timid Ghosts: This is a fun countdown book about a witch who moves into a haunted house where 10 ghosts already live. The witch scares the ghosts out one by one until they devise a scheme to get her out of their house. This Halloween children’s book is good for kids who love rhyming stories!
Halloween Kids’ Crafts
Crafting is a great activity for young children! Not only does it help them to develop fine motor skills, but it also allows them to express their creativity.
Plus, it’s a great way for parents and children to bond. Spending time together while working on a project can be a fun and relaxing experience for both the child and the parent.
And, of course, the finished product can be a source of pride and satisfaction. So next time you’re looking for something to do with your young child, consider crafting!
Witch Popsicle Stick Craft – Kids will love making this witch popsicle stick craft for Halloween! It’s easy to make with just a few supplies, and it’s a great way to decorate for the holiday.
Candy Corn Halloween Craft – Frankenstein is one of the most iconic Halloween characters, and this easy candy corn craft is a perfect way for kids to get into the spirit of the season. Simply print out the template and have your child cut out the pieces. Then, they can glue the candy corn pieces together to create a cute Frankenstien. It’s a fun activity that’s sure to get them excited for Halloween.
Paper Bag Ghost Craft – This super easy paper bag ghost craft is perfect for young kids to make! Just print out the free template, cut it out, and glue it to a paper bag.
Halloween Kids Activities
These Halloween color by number printables for kids are a great way to help them develop hand-eye coordination while also having fun. They can also learn colors and counting while they’re at it! Just print out the sheets and hand them over with some crayons or markers.
Kids love candy corn? Then they’ll have fun with these candy corn pattern worksheets! They’re a great way for little ones to practice their pattern recognition skills, and they’re also great for working on scissor skills. We’ve got a variety of different patterns for kids to practice with, and they’re perfect for preschool and kindergarten.
These Halloween I Spy printables for kids are the perfect way to get your little ones in the Halloween spirit! They’re also a great memory and visual discrimination game. Simply print out the sheet, and then have your child find all the Halloween-themed objects. To make it more challenging, time them to see how fast they can complete the sheet.
Share With Us
Did you make this fun handprint bat with your kids? We love seeing how your projects turn out! Please stop by our Facebook page and leave a picture of your finished bat craft on our wall or in our private Facebook group!
More Halloween Ideas For Kids
- Download the bat craft template and print onto the colored card stock indicated on each page. Cut out the pieces and set aside.
- Trace your child's hand onto the colored cardstock you chose for the bat's body 2 times. Cut out both handprints.
- Begin to assemble the bat by gluing the 2 kid's handprints to either side of the bat's body.
- Attach the little bat feet to the bottom of the bat's body.
- Glue the belly onto the center of the bat's stomach.
- Glue the inner ear onto both of the ears.
- Glue the white smile beneath the eyes.
- Attach one large and one medium googly eye to the middle of the bat's head.