Build a Pom Pom Bat
Why buy expensive Halloween decorations when your child can make them himself? Show your child how to make a "spooktacular" night-flying creature using a simple pom pom! Hang this blind bat in your house, and wait for frightened guests to jump at the sight of it. Your child will delight in putting his own creative spin on this creepy creature, while he exercises his fine motor skills.
What You Need:
- Small pom pom (make it yourself or purchase a local craft store)
- 2 large wiggly eyes or black and white construction paper
- Hot glue gun
- Black craft foam
- Black pipe cleaner
- Safety scissors
- String or yarn
What You Do:
- If you are not using wiggly eyes, make eyes out of the black and white construction paper. Cut and glue a smaller white circle in the center of a larger black circle.
- Have your child glue the eyes on the pom pom. This will be the body of the bat.
- Ask your child to draw wings on a piece of craft foam and cut them out with safety scissors.
- Attach these to the sides of the pom pom using a hot glue gun.
- Help your child bend a pipe cleaner to create pointy ears, forming a small coil in the middle through which string or yarn can be threaded for hanging.
- Glue the ears into place using a hot glue gun.
- Once all the glue is dry, your child can string a piece of string or yarn through the pipe cleaner and hang it up.
Did You Know?
Bats come in all different sizes! The bumblebee bat, also known as Kitti’s Hog-nosed bat, is the smallest bat in the world and is about the size of a bumblebee (hence the name). The largest, known as the Flying Fox or Old World Fruit Bat, can be up to 16 inches long with a wingspan of five feet!