With all the little ghosts and ghouls wandering about town, October is definitely the spookiest month of the year. What better time to teach your kids a little bit about bats—and have some fun with bat-themed craft projects.
Black sock (use dad's socks to make adult-sized bats and kids'
socks for baby bats)
Batting or shredded newspaper
Black and white craft foam
Black pipe cleaners
Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
Stuff the sock with batting, shredded newspaper or eco-friendly
filler until the "foot" part of the sock is full. Make sure the
filling is evenly distributed (no lumps).
Use a scissors to trim off the excess sock fabric. An
adult can use a glue gun to shut the opening securely. Put the
project aside for a half hour or so to allow the glue to set and
Draw an outline of two wings on black craft foam (try an onilne
template like this one.) Sketch a bat mouth with two little
teeth onto white craft foam. Carefully cut out the foam
Trim a black pipe cleaner into two even sections to create
feet. An adult can use the hot glue gun to secure the wings, eyes,
mouth and feet to the bat body.
Hang your sock bats by their feet upside down on a tree branch
to greet the trick-or-treaters visiting your house.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.