Students will have fun making their very own creatures of the night for Halloween.

What You Need:

  • Large paper plates (one per student)
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black watercolor paint
  • Large coffee filters (two per student)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Black and white construction paper

What You Do:


  1. Each student paints both sides of a paper plate black. Allow the plates to dry completely.
  2. Have students paint two coffee filters using the black watercolor paint and then set them aside to dry. You can use a black washable marker instead of paint. If using a marker, dampen the coffee filters with a squirt bottle to help the color spread. 
  3. Have students fold each coffee filter in half, then using scissors, cut scallops into the edges of the filters. Keep the filters folded. These will be the bat’s wings.
  4. Children can now glue on the coffee filters to the painted plates, with the scalloped edges facing out.  
  5. Students glue on googly eyes.
  6. Using the black construction paper, have children cut a zigzag pattern to create the bat’s mouth (see photo) and glue it on under the eyes.
  7. Students cut small triangles, for ears, from the black paper and glue them at the top of the head.
  8. Have children cut two small triangles from the white construction paper, then glue them onto the mouth for the bat's teeth.