Ready for a super easy Halloween craft? This mosaic bat craft uses scrap paper and our free bat template to make a simple craft that’s perfect for keeping your kids busy.
The supplies you’ll need for this activity are pretty basic too, meaning it’s perfect if you’ve left planning some Halloween activities until the last minute (which is what I do every year) as you’re likely to already own a lot of what you’ll need.
Mosaic Bat Craft for Kids
As the mother of a child that spent a long period obsessed with Batman I’ve made a lot of bat crafts over the years! They’re perfect for Halloween and bats are so easily recognisable by their shape too.
I’m happy to admit that my drawing isn’t always awesome which is why I’ve included a link to our bat template which you can use with this craft if you’d like. You can of course just draw a bat shape yourself but I often find it easier myself to print something out – especially if I’m making a craft with more than one of my kids.
Mosaic crafts can be a good way to practice scissor skills and fine motor skills and of course making a paper mosaic is a lot cheaper than other methods!
You can also use this as an excuse to discuss shapes or sizes with your child; which square that you cut out is the biggest?
Of course you can just chat about Halloween or Batman while you make this which is equally likely round our home, whatever is the most fun for you.
What You’ll Need
Bat Template (see below)
Scrap paper – I’ve used black, grey and some silver glitter card
Free Bat Template
You can, of course, just draw a bat shape for this craft but if you’d prefer to have something drawn for you then why not grab our free printable bat template.
You can print as many copies as you’d like so it’s also helpful if you’re doing this activity with more than one child.
Paper Mosaic Bat Craft
Start by printing out our bat template. I’ve printed mine onto blue paper to make the background look a little like the night sky but if you’ve just got normal white printer paper at home then that’s obviously fine to use too.
Grab your coloured paper and cut it into shapes. You can use big or small shapes, squares, rectangles or triangles. Whatever works for you.
As you make your mosaic you might find that you want to try and cut a few shapes that are more suitable for trying to fit in the bat’s wing shapes but I often find that big mosaic shapes are good to start with to fill up a bit of space and of course if you’re getting your child to help with the cutting and practice their scissor skills then cutting out strips of paper and cutting it into big, basic shapes is a lot easier.
I’ve used black, grey and a glittery silver card for my craft because that’s what I found at home – I often keep bits of left over scrap paper for this purpose.
If you don’t have any black paper then you can buy some online but you could also try looking through old comics or magazines for dark colours to cut out too.
Once you’ve cut out a few shapes cover your bat shape in glue.
You can now start to cover your bat in your paper mosaic pieces. Older kids will be a little more precise with this and will be able to cope with adding smaller pieces too but you could also totally do this craft with younger kids and toddlers who are more likely to just sprinkle the cut up pieces of paper only to the bat. (In my experience of crafting with my own kids anyway!)
Both methods are obviously totally fine – if you do make this craft with younger kids just make sure that you cover the bat template with glue first as this will mean that you end up with a bat shape at the end once any excess paper has been shaken off.
More Bat Crafts for Kids
We’ve used this template to make our bat silhouette craft too, perfect if you fancy getting the paints out.
I also love these cute paper plate bat’s that my kids made when they were in preschool.
Easy paper bat craft
- Bat template
- Coloured paper
- Print out your bat template.
- Cut shapes out of your coloured paper to make the mosaic pieces.
- Cover your bat shape with glue.
- Cover the bat shape with your pieces of paper to make your paper mosaic.