Neither my son nor I have ever done origami … at least before this activity. Making paper bats seemed like a great craft to accompany a lesson on the only mammals that fly.
We started reading a couple of great books. I read the first book; my son read the second.
Then I grabbed some black and brown construction paper and cut it into a square – 8 inches and 6 inches. Now we got folding. Here are the step-by-step instructions.
- Take your paper square and bring two opposing points together and fold.
- Pull the triangle’s point over the fold and crease about an inch or inch-and-a-half down from the fold.
- What you’ll have now sort of looks like a boat.
- Flip the boat over so your paper is flat and the small triangle at the top of the boat is peeking out over the top from behind.
- Make two creases on a slight diagonal close to the center (with only an inch between them), folding in the large flaps on either side on either side.
- The flaps will now be sticking up.
- Fold one flap across the body of the bat and fold it back on a diagonal.
- Repeat with the other side.
- Flip your paper over.
- Fold and crease the tips of the wings in and down toward the center.
- Flip the paper over once again. Draw lines to cut out the bat’s ears from the flat side of the bat’s head.
- Cut along your lines. Lastly, add two googly eyes!
Once my son and I had both made our bats, he wrote down some of what he’d learned on a recording sheet I’d made. Download it here.