Last week we went to Longleat Safari Park for the day; we had a wonderful time and loved all of the animals, we all had our favourites and of course particularly enjoyed having the monkeys climb all over our car. They climbed up the windscreen, slid down the back window and hung onto the windscreen wipers.
Going into the Bat Cave was quite a memorable experience and Ted loved it. The fruit bats looked so cute hanging upside down eating fruit, but we weren’t quite so keen when they flew around us within a whisker of our heads. They got so close we could feel them fly past. This morning when I asked Ted what he would like to make, he said Bats, ones that we can hang onto things flying and upside down – so we made these clothes peg bats. We have had a great afternoon playing hide and seek with the bats, taking it in turns to hide them all around the house. We found them pegged onto all sorts of things all over the house – clothes, cards, rugs, curtains, toys, handles – pretty much everywhere.
- Black sugar paper or card
- Brown card – we used the back of a cereal packet
- PVA glue
- Brown wool
How we made them
- I made a simple template for the outline of a bat – the body was just larger than the length of a peg.
- Drew around bat template on black and brown card
- I cut out the bat shapes – Ted is getting really goo d at using scissors but found the outline a little tricky
- Ted cut the wool into small pieces.
- Glued body of bat with PVA – use plenty of glue, we didn’t use enough and keep finding bits of wool all over the house although this does add to the fun of playing bat hide and seek
- Pressed wool pieces onto PVA
- Cello-taped clothes pegs onto bat of bats – some facing upwards and some downwards so bats could fly or hang upside down depending on what they are attached to