Bats Are Cool!

Facts  Activities  Songs and Poems
"The more people know about bats
the more they'll care about them."

Mrs. Jones encountered hundreds of bats flying over the Ridley Park Lake when it was drained in the 1990's. Little Brown Bats were eating hundreds of mosquitoes at dusk in the weeds. Ever since then she has taught her Kindergartners how important bats are to Ridley Park and encourages them to teach their parents about bats and how they help us.

YouTube Videos
Flying Foxes 2:00   Bat Anatomy 1:40   Little Brown Bat 1:28   Little Brown Bat stretches 1:48
Slow Motion Bat :37   Vampire Bat Drinking Blood 1:46   Weirdest Animals- Vampire Bats 2:14
Bat Tongue - Drinking Nectar 1:09   Fishing Bats 1:35

The Online Story of Echo the Bat

Make a Bat Mask

Online Bat Puzzle

Bats at Enchanted Learning

Bat Dot-to-Dot Puzzle

Bat Word Search

Bat Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Bat Crafts

Bat Finger Puppet

Batty Finger Puppets

Trapezoid Bat
Bat Counting Cards   Bat Listening Art Activity   Printables

Bat Mask   Template

Big-Eared Bat MiniBook
By this time of year we have learned several words
and use highlighters to find them on each page of this book.
We also learn that some bats use echolocation to catch insects
and that they have 4 fingers and a thumb like us!

6 Mg Animated Video of Echolocation

Stapleless - My Itsy Bitsy Bat Book - print 1 page, fold, cut, refold

Bat Printables and Ideas

Photos of a Little Brown Bat Skull

Bat Books, Songs, Crafts, and Ideas

Take this Bat Quiz to see what you know about bats!

Bat Fact Index

Bats 4 Kids   Bat Games
"Welcome to this special website about bats, designed for all children, and created with the hope you will like, respect and help protect these endangered species."

Bats Why should you care?

The Batbox Information
This is an extensive site with lots of links
to everything you can imagine about bats.

Search the Bats Magazine Website

Bat Conservation International
Bats are among the most gentle, beneficial, and necessary animals on earth.
Learn all about them here.

Check out the pictures of the bats!

Mrs. Stewart's Bat Unit

Bat Activities

Bunch of Bat Links

Bat Songs and Poems

Bats Are Sleeping
Tune: Frere Jacques

Bats are sleeping
Bats are sleeping
Upside down.
Upside down.
Sleeping in the morning sun.
Waiting for the night to come.
Then they'll fly all around.
Then they'll fly all around.

I Love Bats!
Tune: Frere Jacques
written by Mrs. Jones

I love bats!
I love bats!
You should too.
You should too.
They eat lots of insects
They eat lots of insects
That bite you.
That bite you.

Tune: Gray Squirrel
written by Mrs. Jones

Nocturnal, nocturnal
Bats stay up all night.
Nocturnal, nocturnal
Bats stay up all night.
Hunting for some food to eat
Catching it between their feet
Nocturnal, nocturnal
Bats stay up all night.

Nocturnal, nocturnal
Bats stay up all night.
Nocturnal, nocturnal
Bats stay up all night.
Hunting for some food to eat
Catching it between their teeth
Nocturnal, nocturnal
Bats stay up all night.

Bats send out sound waves using their mouth or nose. When the sound hits an object an echo comes back. The bat can identify an object by the sound of the echo. They can even tell the size, shape and texture of a tiny insect from its echo. Most bats use echolocation to navigate in the dark and find food.

Listen to Bat Echolocation and Social Calls

Animated Picture of Echolocation

Tune: You Are My Sunshine
written by Mrs. Jones

Echolocation, echolocation
It helps me find my nightly food.
I send a sound out
It bounces back to me
Then I catch the bug
And eat it right away!

Vampire Bats
Tune: Three Blind Mice
written by Mrs. Jones

Vampire bats, vampire bats
Drinking blood, drinking blood
Flying around the sky at night
Sleeping in caves without a fright
Did you ever see such an awesome sight
As Vampire bats?

Flying, Flying
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
written by Mrs. Jones

Flying, flying every night
Looking for the food that's right
Eating insects by the ton
All the bats are having fun
Flying, flying every night
Looking for the food that's right.

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle

Flying, flying in the sky,
Bats are neat, I'll tell you why.
Flying foxes are the tallest,
Bumblebee bats are the smallest.
Bats are yellow, red, and brown,
Bats sleep hanging upside-down.
Some eat bugs and some eat fruit,
Some look mean and some look cute.
Flying, flying in the sky,
Bats are neat, now you know why!


Bats are mammals
like you and me
Some live in caves
and some live in trees.

Bats are nocturnal
they are active at night.
No bats are blind,
some have good sight.

They use echolocation
to find insects they eat.
They can fly at 60 miles per hour
and at 10,000 feet!

When the weather turns cold
and there's no food to eat
Some bats migrate or hibernate in a
deep sleep.

Some bats are pollinators
and some eat fruit.
Just look at their noses or ears,
they are adapted to suit.

So, don't be afraid
next time you see a bat.
They are part of nature
and belong just where they're at.

—Arizona Game and Fish Department, WILD Kids, Number 15

I found this poem on the internet and rewrote it
so it could be sung to the following tune:

One Bat Hanging in the Steeple
Tune: Go Tell It On The Mountain

One bat hanging in the steeple
One bat flies in right through the door
That makes two bats in my belfry
Wonderful, but wait, there's more!

Two bats hanging in the steeple
One bat flies in right through the door
That makes three bats in my belfry
Wonderful, but wait, there's more!

Have fun adding more verses and bats.

Bat-Phonics from Kinderkorner:
Going Batty: There are more poems at this site.

This is a fun phonemic awareness exercise.
Remember the old theme song to the Batman TV show?
The one that goes do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do Batman!

Sing it with all the consonant sounds:
b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b Batman!

c c c c c c c c c c c c c c c Catman!

d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d Datman!

f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f Fatman!

Get the idea?

Bat Song
Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It
Words By: B. Sarah Froehlich

If you know bats are mammals clap your hands (XX)
If you know bats are not birds clap your hands (XX)
Some are black, gray or brown
With their wings they fly above the ground,
And they sleep in the day upside down (XX)

Bats Are Sleeping
Tune: Are You Sleeping?
Words: B. Sarah Froehlich

Bats are sleeping, bats are sleeping,
In a cave, in a tree,
In winter they roost together,
Waiting for warmer weather,
Hibernate. Hibernate.

by Linda Holliman

A bat's a most
Peculiar thing.
A bat can fly.
A bat has wings.
It doesn't have feathers
or build a nest.
It hangs upside down
in a cave to rest.
Some bats use echoes
To find their way.
Some use their noses
To go out and play.
From all the facts
it becomes very clear.
That a bat is a mammal,
Not a bird it appears.

Five Black Bats
by Shel Silverstein

Five black bats ready to soar
One stayed behind, now ther are four.
Four black bats hanging from a tree;
One fell down, now there are three.
Three black bats wondering what to do,
One flew away and now there are two.
Two black bats sitting in the sun
One fell asleep leaving only one.
One lonesome bat, with no place to go,
Went hiding in a cave, Now there are zero.

Fun Facts
1. Bats are the only flying mammals and comprise the second largest order of mammals in the world.

2. A bat's grasp is strong enough to hold its entire body weight while its body hangs upside down.

3. Along with whales, dolphins, and some shrew species many bats use echolocation (sonar dependent on pulse sounds and echoes) to identify and track prey.

4. Just one insectivorous bat can eat 600 or more mosquitoes in a single hour.

5. Bats are not blind. Some bats actually have good eyesight.

6. Bats do not make nests in your hair. Bats roost, they do not build nests.

7. Bats will not attack people, they are very small and gentle animals. Remember, we are very large to a bat and they are afraid of us.

8. All bats do not have rabies. However, like any other mammal bats can get rabies. Always make sure not to pick up or try to play with any wild animal. They are meant to be wild and left alone.

9. There are about 950 species of bats. Two-thirds of these species are insect-eaters, with most of the remaining third eating fruit, nectar, and pollen. A very few species eat fish, or birds, small mammals, and reptiles, and three species feed on blood.

Ecology and Conservation

Fruit and nectar-eating bats are among the most important seed dispersers and pollinators of tropical rain forest trees and plants. Many economically important crops such as bananas, avocados, vanilla, and peaches are dependent upon bats for pollination. Bats are valuable subjects for scientific and medical studies. Insectivorous bats are essential in controlling mosquito populations. Bat guano is a rich source of saltpeter (potassium nitrate) which is used in the production of gun powder and explosives and is an excellent fertilizer.

Some Bat Facts
Bats like to hang upside down because the claws on their feet are much stronger than their hands. Bats have eight fingers and two thumbs like we do. Not all bats use echolocation to find their food. Fruit bats have small ears. They do not need echolocation to find their food. Insect eating bats have large ears. They have to find their meals using echolocation. Bats can see just as well as us. They are nocturnal and diurnal. They can see in both the night and the dark. Bats come in different colors. Bats that live in open areas are usually lighter. All bats have tails. Some bats tails are covered by skin. Bats live all over the world. Some bats are big like the Flying Fox bat. Some bats are small like the Bumble Bee bat. Some bats live in caves. Some bats live in trees. Some bats live in barns and attics. Bats have different colored eyes. Some bats migrate for the winter. Some bats sleep during the winter months just like bears do.

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