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Toilet paper roll bat

Nananananananananananana Batman :-) Aren't these bats adorable? They are quick and easy to make with some empty toilet paper rolls, black paint, googly eyes, white foam/paper and glue.

Print or draw bat wings (see free printable link below). 

Paint the wings and toilet rolls black and let them dry.

When the bat bodies are dry, attach the googly eyes with glue and make the teeth. I used white foam with a sticky side on the back, but a white paper and some glue will also do. The bats on top of my page are made by a preschooler. The ones below are a creation of the toddlers I work with.

We decided to make a baby bat finger puppet as well and created a whole bat family:-)

DIY felt kite

Not only children enjoy doing crafts, as their nanny I highly enjoy this as well :-) I made this sweet little kite for the young children I work with, and they love it. If your children are older, they can easily make a kite themselves! 
Use two rhombus shapes of felt and sew them together. Use a different colour for the back if you like or let your kids choose any colour of their liking. I have used a blanket stitch (watch this tutorial), but it's not necessary. Before you stitch up the two parts, make sure you place a tail. In this case you can hide it between the two parts. To personalize the kite, you can glue or sew a figure on the rhombus. I have chosen for a sweet smiley cloud and just attached it with some glue. If you prefer sewing, it's important to do this on a single rhombus and attached the other one after you are finished. 
Feel free to use my kite pattern below (see the link).

Depending on the age of the kids, you can decide to make a "real" kite inst…

Chestnut spider web & spider

Do you know what I like the most about autumn? All the materials you can collect in nature and use for crafts with your kids. 
What about making a spider and his web? Go outside to look for chestnuts and pick a rainy day to make this autumn craft. 

There are several ways to make a spider. Be creative with the materials that are available. I got inspired by RedTedArt. With just a pair of googly eyes and pipe cleaners, your kid can create his own spider. As you know spiders have 8 legs. Unfortunately our legs were a bit big, so we could only make four. Therefor we decided our spider has to live with just 4 legs :-) Would you fancy to make a spider web as well? You can find a description on the same website!
As addition to the activity you can educate your kids about spiders by telling stories, looking for webs in the woods or your own backyard. 

I drew a spider for my nanny kids and wrote the word "spin" (spider in Dutch) above it. He looks a bit grumpy, but he was not able t…