Each year we have a bat party to celebrate this amazing creature and another chance to feast and have fun outside in the growing Autumn darkness.
We share a favourite French book of ours, called Le Chauve-Souris (ISBN 978-2-211-08568-7) and repeatedly sing the following rhyme (to the tune of Frere Jaques)
“Bats are sleeping, Bats are sleeping, Upside down, Upside down, Sleeping in the morning sun, Waiting for the night to come, Then they’ll fly around, Then they’ll fly around.”
This year we made some needle felted bats to hang over our dinner table. We didn’t have a pattern so just gauged how and what we needed.
We started with an oval bundle to felt together as a body.
The shape reduced and became firmer the more we inserted the needle. Next we did a smaller oval shape as the head. This was then attached to the top of the body using long needle strokes into the body shape.
The ears were two smaller triangle shapes which were felted flat – gentle pokes and repeated turning to ensure they didn’t stick into the sponge.
The wings were made in the same way but using a larger amount of wool. The ears and wings were attached to the head and body using long strokes in. We attached two small black beads for eyes using a needle and thread.
All the bats were different and adorable. You can see the bat cave the boys started constructing in the background!
The boys were keen to felt a bat too so we used some bat cookie cutters to ensure their fingers were safe from the needles. They made the fleece firmer using the same technique but kept turning the cutter so it didn’t attach to the sponge.
We hung our bats up and they looked great! Our celebrations continued with a bat themed feast, finishing with chocolate bat lollies.
We had been waiting all day for some new bat books to arrive, as recommended by Karen Argent from The Letterpress Project. They arrived just as we were getting ready for bed. I had hoped we could have read them in the bat cave the boys had made but tonight we just read them in our pyjamas!