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Flying Bats STEM Exercise for Preschoolers

October 3, 2023
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This flying bats STEM activity will be a hit with your preschooler as they send their bat flying around the room. This activity will have them designing their own bat and a system engineered to make it fly this Halloween.

Are you up for the bat STEM activity challenge?

Flying Bats STEM Activity for Kids this Halloween

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Flying Bats STEM Activity

Learning about nocturnal animals is a fun way to explore night with kids. At this age, they are still pretty scared of the night and I think it’s important for them to see all the animals that need the night to survive. We’ve shared quite a few owl activities at The Educators’ Spin On It so I thought it would be fun to share about Bats too.

Here’s how to make a yummy DIY Bat Graham Cracker which would be the perfect snack for this week’s Bat Theme at the Virtual Book Club for Kids. 

Plus our Bat Themed Sensory Bottle for learning letters and sight words for some hands-on fun. This activity focuses on making your own bat and then seeing how you can design a way to make it fly in the night.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Our featured book this week is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. In the popular children’s book the fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl while out searching for food one night . Stellaluna is separated from her Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family.

But on one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we’re different, we’re very much the same.

One of my favorite lines from the book is about her bird siblings and what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. “How can we be so different and feel so much alike?” one asks. “And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?” asks another. “I agree,” Stellaluna responds. “But we’re friends. And that’s a fact.”

It’s an adorable book that focuses on many topics. One fun part that you can focus on is flying! This flying bats STEM Activity will keep your little one busy as they design their master design.

Flying Bats STEM Activity

Let’s create our Flying Bats STEM Activity as we discuss the story Stellaluna and the things she encountered in the story.  Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

Flying Bats Materials

Flying Bats Activity Directions

1. Create a bat with Black Glitter Felt or black cardstock. We used stiffened glitter felt to create ours.

You could use this bat outline if you want a little more structure to cut with your preschooler.

Flying Bats STEM Activity for Preschoolers

2. Then encourage your child to find a way to make it fly by providing them with the materials of a Straw, Tape, Scissors, and Ribbon.

See how they problem-solve to encourage their bat to take flight.

I prompted my little ones a bit by asking how the straw might help by attaching a smaller piece.

Halloween Flying Bat STEM Activity for Kids

3. To make the bat fly we attached Ribbon onto a bookcase and then lifted the ribbon higher and lower to see what would happen.

What happens to your bat when you do this? 

4. Take the BAT Challenge one step further…

As the STEM Challenge continued we added various alternatives to see if we could make the bat fly faster.  Discuss with your child the changes and why they worked or why they didn’t work.

Halloween Science Activity with Bats for Preschoolers

5. Create your own Stellaluna story in your Bat Book by writing a story about your own bat’s first flight and what it may have seen. Expand your child’s language skills and writing skills as they illustrate this bat book!

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Bat Books for Preschoolers

Here are a few of my favorite Bat Themed Books for Preschoolers for you to include when you focus on your Bat Themed for the week!

Bats by Gail Gibbons
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Calendro
Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt

The Magic School Bus in the Bat Cave (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) 
Fly Guy Presents: Bats (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) by Tedd Arnold
The Bat (Disgusting Critters) by Elise Gravel

Bats at the Beach (A Bat Book) by Brian Lies
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Little Bat in Night School by Brian Lies

Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds
The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat by Laurence Pringle
Nightsong  by Ari Berk 

Have you ever visited at Bat House? 

Take a look at our local bat houses which are home to over 400,000 bats.  Unlike the fruit bats in Stellaluna they eat insects here in Florida. 

Can you believe they consume 2.5 billion insects a night? What a great science chat to have with your child.

You can find more Nighttime Preschool Activities on our site plus we encourage you to check out these Bat Themed Activities below by our co-hosts at the Virtual Book Club for Kids!

Bat Themed at VBC Preschool Activies for Kids

Bat Themed Activities for Preschoolers

Bat Number Line Games – Rainy Day Mum
Bat Number Treasure Hunt – Inspiration Laboratories
Sensory Learning: What Can You “See” with Your Ears? – Mama Smiles
Flying Bats STEM Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It (HERE)
Flapping Bat Wings- Teach Beside Me
Easy Bat Craft for Kids- Toddler Approved
Bats are Nocturnal – Cupcake Liner Bat Craft – Preschool Powol Packets
Halloween Bat Shape Craft By JDaniel4’s Mom

Bat Themed Sensory Bottle with Sight Words

Bat Ideas at The Educators’ Spin On It

Bat Themed Sensory Bottle
DIY Bat Graham Cracker
Nighttime Preschool Activities

Looking for more Halloween Ideas? Try these Halloween party games or Halloween Movies!

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