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 bookby 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
- Wrap pipe cleaners around the wire coat hanger to resemble a network of bones
- 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.
- Make knots in the stocking to make sure it is pulled tightly across the hanger. Trim off any extra stocking around the knots.
- Wrap the hook of hanger in electrical (or masking) tape.
- Stuff the brown sock with fiberfill or newspaper until it is about the size of a baked potato.
- 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.
- Cut two 1″ pieces of pipe cleaner and attach to the bottom of the legs to make toes.
- 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.
- Hang your fruit bat upside down from coat hanger hook.