We’re all about bats for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. We’re sharing a Bat Number Treasure Hunt that’s super fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Practice number recognition and counting while getting kids moving. Be sure to check out all of the bat themed ideas inspired by Stellaluna at the end of the post. I get commissions for purchases made through the affiliate links in this post.
Bat Number Treasure Hunt
We were at the dollar store when Lily saw these purple glittery bats. They are perfect for our bat number treasure hunt. Use whatever bats you find or cut some out of cardstock or paper.
You can play this game inside or outside. We chose to go outside on this particular day. The game is super easy. Hide the bats around the yard or the house. Then, search for them. Take turns hiding and searching. I originally created this activity for my two youngest kids (ages 3.5 and 18 months). However, Aiden (almost 8) and his friends wanted to play, too.
If you hide them in plain sight or in obvious places even toddlers can play along. We love doing this with toys like in our farm animal treasure hunt for toddlers.
The kids had fun “burying” bats, too. Here Elon spotted one covered with grass and sticks.
I wrote numbers on the back of the bats. When Lily found a bat, she had to call out the number.
They also had to bring the bats back to the start and match the numbers on the paper.
This was a good way to check that we found all of the bats each time. Then, the kids would trade spots and hide them all over again. You could also place the bats in order.
Aiden and his friends liked this game so much that they created their own version with Minecraft TNT drawings. Can you find the hidden TNT?
More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more bat themed activities inspired by Stellaluna:
B is For Bat Cut And Paste Craft – To Be A Kid Again
Bat Number Line Games – Rainy Day Mum
Sensory Learning: What Can You “See” with Your Ears? – Mama Smiles
Flying Bats STEM Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It
Flapping Bat Wings – Teach Beside Me
Bat Silhouettes – Clare’s Little Tots
Easy Bat Craft for Kids- Toddler Approved
Bats are Nocturnal – Cupcake Liner Bat Craft – Preschool Powol Packets
Halloween Bat Shape Craft – JDaniel4’s Mom
Also stop by the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook group to see what others are sharing!
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