Go Batty

K - 2 Activity - Teacher Directions


Children make a bat from a paper tube.


The types of bats found in the Texas Hill Country are Mexican Free-tailed bats. After spending the spring and summer in the many caves of the Hill Country, they migrate back to Mexico and South America. Mexican Free-tailed bats are the official state flying mammals of Texas. They are furry and reddish black in color.


Toilet paper roll for each child
Crayons or markers
Bat body parts to color

  1. Color each piece black, the two wings, body, feet, and head, except for the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Cut out each piece.
  3. Glue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper roll.
  4. Glue the head onto the front of the toilet paper roll.
  5. Glue the wings to the back of the toilet paper roll.
  6. Glue the feet to the bottom inside of the roll and then fold upwards.

Additional Activities

Suspend student made bats from the ceiling or create a “cave” from black construction paper on a bulletin board or wall. Have students help you! Tape or staple student made bats in the “cave” to stress to students that bats live in the numerous cave in the Hill Country.

These will make wonderful decorations for Halloween.