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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Fun: Learning _at Family Words w/Bats!

I am so excited to share our little Bat (-at Family) Word Slide with you!

Here's Batty 
(as the Lil Divas named him)

Are you as smitten as I am? 

A Halloween craft that doubles as a learning aide is my idea of fabulous!

What You Need:
TP roll
black paint
paint brush
permanent marker
white crayon
white strip of cardstock

What To Do:
1. Paint the TP Roll black & allow to dry

2. Trace handprints onto black construction paper - 
this will be the bat's wings.

3. Cut out handprints

4. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics when I was making the word slide but it really is simple. I folded the TP roll and cut slits into both sides to match my strip of card stock. I then folded it the opposite way and cut out a small square. Be sure to cut off center so that you leave room for the letters 'at'. 

5. Write your target letters/blends on the card stock - we used b, c, f, m, r, s and p.

6. Play with your cute Batty Word Slide and let him help you practice reading those _at family words!

Game: Catch the -at Word
I found this bat inflatable at WalMart & knew it would be perfect for our -at word fun.

How To Play:
Prep: I wrote some _at words on paper and taped them to various spots on the bat. 

(front of bat)

(back of bat)

To play, I simply threw the bat up in the air and the Lil Divas had to catch it.

Once caught, they had to read the words where their hands grasped the bat.


I am having fun coming up with creative word slides that fit our themes. 
Do you have any ideas to share? 

I'll give you a sneak peek into one of mine - 
I have a pumpkin coming up to review _in words!

We've also been learning quite a bit about bats in general from these fab Books for young learners:



  1. So clever! Love your batty! It's fun learning words! I'm going to steal your idea:-)

  2. Another wonderful idea! I love batty!!!

  3. What an array of bat books! I love the bat!

  4. I'm loving your "Word slide" ideas. That bat is so cute. And I love your bat tossing game.

  5. Wow! What a very clever word bat! That is brilliant fun! Excellent! Have seen your post featured in different places - well deserved!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. fantastic idea for word families! I love this! thanks for linking up to momstown arts and crafts.

  7. What a great idea! My 5 year old and I made this yesterday afternoon and I finished the word slide after she went to bed. She was sounding out the words at breakfast this morning, the first time I've seen her do that. Thanks so much for a clever idea!

  8. This is awesomee! I am as smitten, he is adorable and your diva seems to love him - look at that smile.

    Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

  9. This would be so great for my kindergartner. He is just learning to read and i need to start doing activities like this with him. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. You're so crafty!

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