Sep 28, 2015

Stellaluna Clothespin Bat Craft

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Welcome to another month of Book Club Play Dates! This month, we are sharing a craft based on the book Stellaluna. For the month of October, we will be studying Bats and Owls for our preschool Animal Science unit, so this was a perfect book to read to get us excited for that! 

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a heartwarming book about a bat who becomes separated from her mother and takes residence in a nest full of baby birds. During her time there, she is forced to adapt to her surroundings and behave like the baby birds. Eventually she is reunited with her mother and relearns how to be a bat! Kingston and I couldn't stop gushing over the adorable pictures of little Stellaluna. She is SO cute! We have bats in our backyard, so I foresee this turning into a really fun study!

The craft we made is awesome in it's simplicity. It is a perfect craft for preschoolers to put together almost entirely on their own!

I gave K (my newly 3 year old):
brown washable paint
brown construction paper (cut into freehanded bat wings)
two googly eyes

Kingston painted his clothespin light brown. We let it dry for several minutes, then K used his fine motor skills to squeeze a few drops of glue onto the clothespin. He attached the first wing, then squeezed more glue on top of that wing and attached the second one. Then we flipped our little Stellaluna over and glued her eyes on the front. 

We were both in love with the outcome. Kingston used the clothespin bat to act out the story as I read to him. I can't wait to make more of these to decorate our homeschool room. 

Don't forget to check out what my fellow Book Club Play Date bloggers have been up to! Use all of our ideas together to host your very own Preschool Book Club:

Snack: Stellaluna Bat Trail Mix from Still Playing School
Sensory: Stellaluna Sensory Activity from Fun-A-Day
Craft: Stellaluna Clothespin Bat Craft from House of Burke (That's US!)
Busy Bag: Stellaluna Activity Busy Bag from Craftulate

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