This month we sent our Parakeet subscribers Vlad: The World’s Worst Vampire. This fun chapter book, complete with lovely illustrations, is about a little vampire who wants to go to school though he knows his spooky family will disapprove. Not only is it a cracking read for kids aged 5 to 8, it also gave us the opportunity to have lots of fun with spooky activities! Here we share instructions for one of the activities that we sent our subscribers. As a little bonus, we’ve also linked to two craft videos which we put on our YouTube channel and which you might also enjoy having a go at!
Make your own hanging bat
You will need:
- A toilet roll
- Black paint, pens or crayons
- A piece of card (from recycling is ideal)
- Sticky tape
- A sharp pencil
- Sticky tack
- A pipe cleaner
- Eye stickers
- A scrap of white paper
- Take your toilet roll and push opposite sides of the top inwards to create the shape of your bat’s ears.
Colour the whole tube black with paint, pen or crayon.
Take your card, lay your bat’s body in the middle and then draw out the shape of your bat’s wings (you may want to ask an adult for some help). Cut them out and then colour them in black too.
Stick your wings to the back of the toilet roll tube with a loop of sticky tape.
Use your pencil to mark two dots on the front of the tube, where the bat’s legs will go.
To make the holes for the legs, place the sticky tack over one of the dots, turn it down onto the table and use the sharp pencil to push a hole into the cardboard and through to the sticky tack. Repeat with the other hole.
Thread your pipe cleaner through the holes to make the legs – you will be able to twist the ends around a branch or handle to allow your bat to rest upside down.
- To finish your bat add eyes and some small white fangs, cut from the scrap of paper.
You may also enjoy having a go at these spooky makes from our YouTube channel:
Parrot Street Book Club is a monthly book subscription for kids aged 5 to 11. Each monthly parcel includes a new chapter book to keep and a fun-filled activity pack created to accompany it. Find out more and subscribe here.