How To Make A Flying Halloween Bat

This page shows you how to make a flying Halloween bat toy with your child. It's a great toddler craft activity.

I made one with my 3 -year-old, but my older son aged 6 also got involved and really enjoyed making one too.

Basically it's such a good idea, that kids (and adults!) of all ages will get something out of making this.

What You Will Need To Make A Flying Halloween Bat With Your Toddler

  •  Bat shape drawn onto paper - if (like me) you can't draw you can print this bat shape out.
  • Decorations - I used glitter glue and stickers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (you could also use a straw, but I'm not sure how strong that would be. Probably better for younger toddlers)
  • Sellotape or similar sticky tape
    • First of all, cut the bat out and fold it down the middle as shown.

    Now comes the fun bit! Help your child decorate their bat. You can see that someone got a bit over enthusiastic with the glitter glue here - but when it dried out it was not so heavy (you can see how aeronautical I'm thinking here LOL :).

    If you have used paint or glue, leave it to dry before continuing.

    Now comes the fun bit! Help your child decorate their bat. You can see that someone got a bit over enthusiastic with the glitter glue here - but when it dried out it was not so heavy (you can see how aeronautical I'm thinking here LOL :).

    If you have used paint or glue, leave it to dry before continuing.

    I have found that with toddlers, waiting for paint to dry, is a real no no. Unless they have something else to continue with, the apron will be off in a flash and the toy box opened.

    Never to return.

    So I have taken a leaf out of Frank Clarkes daytime painting show, and I use a hair dryer on the paint to speed the drying process up.

    Now obviously, if it is glitter on glue on your flying Halloween Bat, you can still use the hair dryer, but on a very gentle blow. But it seems to work well on painted items, and really speeds the process up.

    Your toddler will stay interested, especially if other items start to fly away.

    This bit you should probably do on your own if you have a toddler - older children will enjoy helping out here.

    Turn your bat over and place the pencil down the middle crease. Stick it to the bat with a couple of pieces of the sticky tape

    And now you have your finished masterpiece, all ready to fly.

    And that is how to make a Halloween flying bat!

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