Batty for Books! Fruit Bat Craft

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Batty for Books! Fruit Bat Craft


Before you do this craft with kids, read Bats at the Library, Bats at the Beach, and/or Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies!

Bats at the BallgameBats at the Beach

fruit bat






One Sock

-Light brown craft foam or felt

-Small googly eyes

-Three brown or black pipe cleaners

-Wire Coat Hanger

-Fiberfill or newspaper

-Old pantyhose (sheer)

-Three large safety pins

-White glue



fruit bat back






1. Wrap pipe cleaners around the wire coat hanger to resemble a network of bones.


2. Cut one leg off the pantyhose. Slip the cutoff leg over the hanger. 


3.Poke the hook of the hanger through the middle of the stocking.

Make knots in the stocking to make sure it is pulled tightly across the hanger. Trim off any extra stocking around the knots.


4. Wrap the hook of hanger in electrical (or masking) tape.


5. Stuff the brown sock with fiberfill or newspaper until it is about the size of a baked potato.


6. Close the sock by wrapping it with a pipe cleaner. Allow a few inches of pipe cleaner to stick out for the bat's legs.


7. Cut two one inch pieces of pipe cleaner and attach to the bottom of the legs for toes. 


8. Use craft felt to make small pointy ears, under-eye and nose. Attach with glue. 

Attach googly eyes to the under-eye. 

Attach the body to the wings with safety pins


9. Hang your fruit bat upside down from coat hanger hook.






  1. If I were the “Room Mom” type – which I’m not – I would totally do this for the 2nd grade Halloween Party! I will have to forward it to the kind and generous women who volunteer to take on such tasks:-)) We’ve read Bats and the Beach and this craft would be adorable for it!!

  2. I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing! I’m going to get those books asap!

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