Resources for children

Created June 2010
Updated September 2016

On this page you will  find a range of items which can be made by or used with children -but adults find them fun too

A major new and more importantly FREE resource has been produced by the Bat Conservation Trust. This is jammed packed with most of the things we could think of if you are running a bat related event. (A lot of materials which we have developed during our outreach work has been included in the pack, so  we are prejudiced).

You can download the pack here.

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All you have to do is say what you plan to use it for

An ipad application about bats . One or two reviews have said it is a bit scary in places and might scare kids – not any that I know! This is an American production and so features bats not found in the UK

http://www.itproportal.com/2012/02/03/apple-outs-ipad-app-for-kids-bats-furry-fliers-of-the-night/

They have their own facebook page.

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If you are working with children, you could do a lot worse then get a copy of the Bat Conservation Trust’s ” Exploring the World of Bats”

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Make a flying bat
Download a design from BCT

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Make bat biscuits. Cutters can be found on the internet. ( More complex cutters often get gummed up quickly)

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Make these lovely bats and owls using acorns and pine cones for bodies. Instructions

 

 

 

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A nice exhibit is to buy in fruit that are bat pollinated For information on the relationship between bats and plants, you simply can’t beat this site , there are lots and lots of examples and the illustrations are superb. Let the children eat the fruit.

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Colouring in is always popular . You can use a bat outline and leave people to colour it in, or leave comments on it – a very good way of collecting feedback.

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Photo Jude Hirstwood

Make bat masks Download a pattern from BCT

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If you can borrow a badge maker, you can get children to colour in bat drawings like the ones to the the right and then make badges under adult supervision. Parents will enjoy this too
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Find yourself a storyteller to tell stories about bats. For some story ideas try our bat folklore  page

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Photo Jude Hirtstwood

Find yourself a local craftsman or woman and get them to help people build some willow bats or a bigger bat sculpture

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Photo Simon Joynes

Run a treasure hunt. Write bat facts on bat outlines and tie them to trees. Send children and parents out to look for them. We used multiple choice questions so that all they had to do was tick the correct answer , easier for them and for you mark.  For a pdf file click here2007-4-Treasurehuntweb
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Photo Jude Hirstwood

If you have about an hour you can assemble Kent boxes with a group of children

Cut the wood to size beforehand.

For the Kent bat box design Kent Bat box design Kent_Bat_Box_Jul2013_copy

Make sure there are enough adults to supervise this activity

Download a pdf file of illustrated instructions Kent Bat Box leaflet

Download an article about where to site boxes  Box installation leaflet

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Make a kite Download instructions from BCT

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Make a bat hat. Bat_Hat

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Draw a thumbprint  bat
Instructions for a simple bat.

Thumbprint Bats 1

drawing Maggie Brown West Yorks Bat hospital

Instructions for a more complicated bat
Thumbprint  Bats 2

(Thanks to Maggie Brown on the Yorkshire bat group for these ideas)

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Make a pom pom bat http://www.redtedart.com/bat-crafts-pom-pom-bats/

Bat-Pom-Pom

 

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toilet roll bat

 

Make  toilet roll bat Instructions

 

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Make an origami bat
Download a design from activity village
Download a design from BCT
Other more advanced designs in Chiroptrivia 2oo8

 

 

 
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Simple join the dots picture

Download the picture

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Help the bat find its tree roost
a Maze puzzle
. Download pdf  bat maze

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Make a paper cup bat
www.activityvillage.co.uk/paper_cup_bat.htm

 

 

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YOU Tube video of animated brown bat singing about echolocation. Be warned it sticks in your mind . Kids really love this.There’s also a version in french

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Learn to count with Count Dracula and his bats from Sesame Street

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Michaela Viola of Goldington Green Lower School prepared a series of lesson plans for use with Explore the World of Bats. We thank her for permission to post them here

2011 Lesson Plans To Follow On From The Making Bat Boxes Workshop

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Youngsters can make bats out of Plasticene. This one was made by 5 year old Emily

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Youngsters are brilliant at drawing bats. This is one by a  pupil at Caddington Village School

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Make a bat card Instructions

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Another bat kite to make .

Instructions

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Another bat mask to make – This one from the Scottish Wildlife Trust

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