Pamela Reed does a wonderful job of reading the story of Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.
Stellaluna is a sweet story about a baby bat that is knocked out of her mother's arms by a swooping owl, but is saved when she falls into a nest of birds. We follow Stellaluna on her adventures with the birds such as eating bugs YUCK and learning to sleep 'right side up'. Children are over joyed when Stellaluna finally finds her mother and is able to enjoy life as a bat.
Pop Bottle Bats
Cut a black garbage bag down either side and then across the bottom. Cut one of the halves in half again for the wings. Fold this lengthwise and cut out the wings so you have 2 sections together (like when you cut out a heart). Use the large 1/2 garbage bag section to cover the bottle. Simply stuff the excess into the opening of the bottle and use a glue gun to seal it. Glue a dowel into the centre of the bat wings then glue the wings onto the bottle. We used window cling eyes from the dollar store for our bats, but large googly eyes would look great too. These look super cute around the room or outside in a tree.
These are super easy finger puppets to make. We used ours during the telling of the story so the children could act out the parts with Stellaluna in them. Cut a paper towel tube into sections and have the children glue on brown bat wings. You can create a face by stuffing a brown pompom in the end and adding googly eyes if you wish. Children insert their fingers into the puppet and simply move their hand up and down to make Stellaluna fly.
The children used the template below to dictate what they learned about bats and then drew a picture of a bat.
Bats Are Sleeping
Sung To: 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 fly around, then they fly around.
We used our pop bottle bats to act out the song...