Bat Anatomy

Activity: Students make and draw bats in batty art projects.

Materials Needed: toilet paper rolls, cotton balls, construction paper, crayons, egg crate, markers, wiggle eyes, glue, pipe cleaners, gel pens, yarn, scissors, felt pipe cleaners, and pom-pom balls.


  1. On the pavilion students are shown the anatomy of bats by the Docent.
  2. Docent shows pictures of different kinds of bats and prompts students to explore how bats’ senses are developed differently than ours.
  3. Docent compares human and bird anatomy to bat anatomy.
  4. Docent then shows students different projects to make a bat.
  5. Students choose which type of project they want to work on.
  6. Docent works with students showing and helping them with the steps of the project.
  7. Docent encourages students to discuss what they have learned about different bats, how their senses are developed differently, and why certain bats have certain characteristics, etc.

Alabama Course of Study for Science

This activity meets goals specified for grades:

  • K–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 15
  • 1st–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 21, 24
  • 2nd–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 20, 23
  • 3rd–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 21,32
  • 4th–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 41, 43
  • 5th–#’s 1, 2, 3, 4

Learning Outcomes: Students will learn about the anatomy of the bat and their adaptations while being creative.

Instrumental Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • identify the anatomy of the bat.
  • make an anatomically correct bat.
  • demonstrate they know the anatomy of the bat.
  • connect different body structures with specialized senses.
  • identify physical adaptations of bats to mega-bats and micro-bats.
  • compare mammal anatomy between bats and humans, and compare structures of bats and birds.