Bats at the Library

This is a great craft for Halloween! You can also make it a Creative Literacy Activity and do it along with the book Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. This project originally came from the book Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Rainforests by Kathy Ross. 



  • Old adult-size brown 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
  •  Scissors




  1. BAT behindWrap 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. Poke the hook of the hanger through the middle of the stocking.
  3. 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 1″ pieces of pipe cleaner and attach to the bottom of the legs to make toes.
  8. Use craft felt to make small pointy ears, under-eye and nose. Attach with glue
  9. Attach googly eyes to the under-eye.
  10. Attach the body to the wings with safety pins.
  11. Hang your fruit bat upside down from coat hanger hook.