Making origami bats is really easy. You can do it for Halloween or as part of a lesson on bats. Start with a piece of square, black paper.
1. Fold the square of black paper in half on the diagonal and make a nice, crisp crease.
2. Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle.
3. Now use chalk to draw some guide lines. First you’ll draw the inside lines as shown below, and then add a second parallel line right by it. You’ll fold each side flap in along the inside lines you see here, and then back out along the outer lines. This makes the wings.
4. Make ears by cutting a notch out in between the wings. (Technically, traditional origami doesn’t use cutting. We like to cut the little ears, but they are still cute even if you just stick to traditional paper-folding methods.)
5. Flip your bats over so the crease is on the back side. Add wiggly eyes. You can also add other chalk features if you want to. This year we stuck with wiggly eyes and white chalk, but sometimes we make these with green, red, purple, or yellow spooky eyes!
Voila! Cute little bats!
We attached strings to the top and hung them from our ceiling fan above our kitchen table. They fly around when the fan is on.
The kids especially love to turn the fan on high and make the bats go spastically fast.
Fabulous Facts About Bats
- Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species.
- Bats nurse their babies (one of the qualifications of mammals).
- The bumblebee bat, which lives in Thailand, is the world’s smallest mammal. It weighs less than a penny.
- Some flying fox bats have wingspans of up to 6 feet.
- Hundreds of plant species rely on bats to pollinate them.
- Like cats, bats are groomers. They spend a lot of time taking care of their fur.
- A single little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour.
- Fishing bats have echolocation so sophisticated that they can detect a minnow’s fin as fine as a human hair protruding only 2 millimeters from a pond’s surface.
My Favorite Bat Book
Make these origami bats for Halloween, then read my favorite book about bats: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.
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