We've been learning about bats in kindergarten lately. We have lots of bat books in the classroom, but here are a few of our favorites.
Two of the most important lessons we learn are that we shouldn't be afraid of bats and that if we see a bat, we shouldn't touch it because it might be sick if it's out during the daytime. We've watched a few short movies about bats that show them in caves and help us see their body parts up close. Some kids said these books and movies seemed creepy. When asking them more about their feelings, it turns out that the part that is scary to the kids is the dark. Obviously, bats come out at night and the night seems scary to kids. We talked about the good things that bats do for us (eating so many of the annoying bugs) and kids started feeling better about this cool creature.
We also made bats out of Model Magic, with is a clay-like material that dries hard.
We used small pieces to help kids with their fine motor skills.
We used our learning from books and videos to create bats that had the different body parts we had learned about.
Big ears, thin wings... we worked hard on our bats!