Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bats at the Beach

Our theme this week has been bats.  I think the book the kids have enjoyed most has been Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies.  This is a book about a group of bats that fly to the beach one night and the fun that they have.  It has cute pictures and rhyming text.  Here is the website for this book.

I paired it with reading Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats, a nonfiction book by Ann Earle,  in order to show the kids fiction vs nonfiction facts about bats.  I paraphrased it for Juiciness and Sassyfras as it was above their understanding as it is written. 

Black Paint, brush
Toilet paper roll
Googly eyes
Bat cutout
Chenille stem

Juiciness opted out of our craft today, but Sassyfras was excited to paint and glue.

I cut a bat shape out of a toilet paper roll and Sassyfras painted it black.  She is getting ready to glue a bat cut out onto the body here.

Gluing some googly eyes in place.

I put a hole in the back so I could slip a chenille stem through to hang it.

The bat is hanging upside down now!

Shibley Smiles


Elle Belles Bows said...

So so cute! Kerri

Raising a Happy Child said...

This craft turned out so cute. We read the other book from the series - Bats in the Library, but Anna didn't care much about it. Maybe next year :)

Discovering Montessori said...

Very cute! I thought I would never say that about a bat. Thank you for sharing.

Annette W. said...

Very cute!

Christy said...

We love the Brian Lies books. Your bat is so cute. We are planning to make bats over the next week too.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

We really like this book! I totally forgot about it this year though--thanks for the reminder, and for a super fun and super cute craft to go with it too!

Ticia said...

That turned out so cute!

Kara said...

What a great bat! We are big fans of Bats at the Beach as well!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The bat is so cute. It looks so neat hanging up.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love your bat! And we loved that entire series of bat books :)

varunner said...

Oh fun! I love it when I can find new uses for toilet paper tubes :-) said...

What a fun Halloween idea. Kids love to paint and glue!
Look for the bat in this book of Halloween shadows