Make Origami Bats for Halloween
Easy Paper Fold Origami Bat
Halloween origami bat crafts for kids is a good time to introduce the friendly bat to children. Even when it is not Halloween the bat is a special animal to many people. There is a lot to find out.
Take the City of Austin. Their Mexican free-tail bat immigrants are a source of income and jobs for many in the city. There is a special bat kiosk, river cruise, and Segway rental tour to see the bats emerge nightly, March through November. The bats eat tons of bugs every summer evening making Austin City nights a tourist attraction.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park has it's own bat cave and bat flight program every summer evening.
My first encounter with the bat was at my Uncle Reuben and Aunt Violet's house on a Minnesota farm. I was about eight and from the California suburbs. The bat was in the house and of course caused a bit of a stir. All the men in the house were doing what they could to get it out. Aunt Violet had a pillow over her head and vocalizing fright, I'm sure, to give the whole scene extra drama.
Halloween or not, bats are an attraction. Get your origami bat pattern for Halloween below and enjoy this easy paper craft.
Instructions for Making Paper Bats
This origami craft is for beginners and easy enough for kids. If you are having a Halloween party for the kids use the bat pattern for an activity. All you will need is brown, gray or black construction paper and same puffy paint in a pointed squeeze tube for the eyes. The kids will have something to take home to show Mom and Dad.
This bat is from the paper book "Paper Folding Made Easy" by Kris Mason. (See bibliography below.)
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Halloween Bat Origami InstructionClick thumbnail to view full-size
You Have An Origami Bat
Use a punch to make ears and feet. Bring out bright puffy paint with narrow tips to make the eyes. Last cut scallops on the bottom of the wings.
A Book About Bats for grades 1-4.
Use the bat pattern and pair with a brief lesson or read a book about bats.
What Should You Do with Origami Bats?
Origami bats are a good go-with for class lessons. Black, brown and grey construction paper in squares is all you need. A bat poster to display with the kids bats pinned beside will remind them of the facts they learned.
A showcase of origami bat ideas. I also had fun with the origami bat as the showcase webpage below illustrates.
Are you decorating with origami bats?
Have you been using origami bats for Halloween?
Ernst Haeckel brought bats to homes with this artist's Plate. Art and nature lovers in the late 19th century ordered his subscription and received each month ten plates of zoology illustrations for their curiosity and pleasure.
If you lived in Victorian cities these bats may have been a curiosity indeed.
Make Your Kitchen Bats
One year I made these kitchen bats for hanging. Make a tiny bat and you have the batty cook cookbook bookmark.
Made of shelf paper easily available at the Big Lots store. They are especially cute animals featuring red crystal eyes and vintage buttons so they can be hung together or flown separately.
Decorate your kitchen all year round and let them loose during Halloween for your own house drama for adults and grandchildren.
One Way to Use Kitchen Bats
What have you used your origami bats for?
Are you having fun with origami bats?
Enjoy Other Origami Bats
- Hungary Bat
This origami bat is charming. It is almost as easy as the kitchen bat.
How To Origami Bat Bookmark
I am having more fun with origami bats. The origami paper bats I have made into bookmarks have been as fun as a cave full of bats at sunset. Nothing excites...
Kris Mason Book
The bat is in this book and other ideas for kids. See my review at Artful Origami Bats.
The author liked the fun I am having with this easy bat pattern. She has many ideas in this paper folding book.
Mason,Kris. Paper Folding Made Easy. 700 East State Stareet, Iola, Wisconsin:
Krause Publications, 2002.