Bat Mobile

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Bat Mobile
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

We've gone batty! This easy-to-make Bat Mobile will guarantee a spooktacularly fun Halloween for you and your kids.

What you'll need

  • Bat templates (see Steps 1 and 2)
  • Markers or crayons (optional)
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • String
  • Coat hanger (the type from a dry cleaner, with a cardboard sleeve on the bottom, works best)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Fiberfill

How to make it

  1. Bat Mobile - Step 1

    Here are the templates for the different bats, which will print in color. To download in black and white, see Step 2.
    Mad Bat in color

    Howling Bat in color

    Sad Bat in color

    Moon (only in black and white)

  2. Bat Mobile - Step 2

    Or, download the templates in black and white that the kids can color in themselves with markers or crayons.


    Mad Bat in black and white

    Howling Bat in black and white

    Sad Bat in black and white

    Moon

    Tip: Paint each bat's eyes, and all of the moon, with glow-in-the-dark paint.

  3. Bat Mobile - Step 3

    Next, carefully cut out your bats and moon. Match the back and front of each bat and glue them together, sandwiching a piece of string in between. Then glue together the moon halves (no string is necessary).

  4. Now it's time to put it all together. Lay out the bats on a table with the coat hanger. (If your hanger doesn't have a cardboard sleeve, you can easily fashion one with construction paper and glue.) Play around with the lengths of the bats' strings until you like the bats' positions (and they're properly balanced), and then tie them to the hanger.

  5. Bat Mobile - Step 5

    Finally, hot-glue the fiberfill cloud to the hanger and the moon to the cloud. Hang it up in a dark hallway and wait for the squeals to begin!

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