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Enjoy making this craft together with your young reader after reading Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. To see all of our Stellaluna activities click here



  • Paper plate
  • Lightweight cardboard or brown construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1 brass brad
  • Hole Punch (optional)
  • Tape (optional)
  • String (optional)

Note: You will need two different sized, round containers for tracing the head and body. We used a soup can and a peanut butter jar lid.

It might be difficult for your child to hold the container while tracing, so you might need to hold the container steady while your child traces. 

  1. Trace your young reader’s hands on cardboard or construction paper. Cut out the traced hand-prints.
  2. Trace containers for head and body onto cardboard or construction paper. Cut out the circles.
  3. Draw two triangles for the ears on cardboard or construction paper. Cut out.
  4. Cut paper plate in half. Color both halves brown with crayons.
  5. Glue a hand-print on one half of the paper plate with the thumb parallel to the flat side. The fingertips should be touching the rounded outer edge of the plate.
  6. Cut the paper plate to round out from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the forefinger. Between each of the other fingers, cut the bottom of the paper plate so it is “webbed” between each fingertip.
  7. Repeat with other wing.
  8. Punch a hole in the top of the larger circle, and the pointed edge of each wing. Insert the brad through the body circle and the hole punched in each wing and fasten.
  9. Glue ears to the back of the head circle. Glue head circle to body circle to cover brad.
  10. Place a piece of tape over the prongs of the brad on the back of the bat. This keeps the wings from sliding together!
  11. To illustrate the bones in the bat’s wings, draw a line from the body to the end of each finger with marker or crayon.
  12. Draw a face with markers or crayons. 
  13. If desired, use a hole punch to punch one or two holes in the bottom for hanging with string.


While making this craft, you might enjoy snacking on grasshoppers or fruit salad. After you've made your own Stellaluna, hang her up in your bat cave!


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