Last week we went a little nuts with squirrels….
This week we got a little batty!
Remember our visit with the fruit bats? After that post I received a wonderful comment suggesting we read the book Stellaluna. (Thanks Mary from Fit and Fed!)
A couple days later we actually stumbled upon the book at a nature center, and immediately fell in love! And soon I was coming up with some fun Stellaluna book activities to do together.
If you haven’t read the book, you owe it to yourself, and your kids, to find a copy. Besides beautiful illustrations, the book also has a wonderful story about a little baby fruit bat, separated from her mother and adopted by a bird family. She learns to be like a bird… (Don’t worry, she is reunited with mommy bat!) There are so many great lessons in the book along the way as well.
So what did we do with the book?
In the book Stellaluna has to eat bugs, even though they taste awful! So I had the kids pull numbers out of a bowl (written on little bats, of course) to determine how many bugs they had to dish up on their plates. (The bugs were left over from our I Love Bugs book activity.)
Of course, we had to see what the world looked like upside down…. After all, that’s how bats sleep. So I hung them each upside down by their knees from my arm (couldn’t quite take a picture of that, but they had fun!)
When Stellaluna’s mom finally finds her she shows her where the most delicious mango tree is… So we had a nice, ripe mango for a snack.
For our final Stellaluna book activity we made hand print bats to hang on the ceiling.
I traced their hands on a piece of folded paper (brown, since fruit bats are brown), with their thumbs along the folded edge. Then my 5 year-old cut her hand print out, while I cut out her brother’s “bat.” We have a little family of bats on our ceiling now.
And when we went to the zoo this week… Little guy couldn’t wait to find the fruit bats!
Yes, he’s a little batty about them now.
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