Looking for a bat outline for your next craft project or activity? Then we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find 6 different bat templates in all different sizes that you can use as a stencil or pattern!
There’s 18 different printable pages and they’re all free for you to download and print! These bat shapes are great for Halloween crafts, spooky decorations, Batman activities, and any craft or activity where you might need one (or many!) bat shapes.
See the end of this post for some fun ways to use these templates!
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What to do with a bat outline:
- Use the bat outline as a pattern or stencil for your next craft.
- Cut out the bat template, color it, and add googly eyes for a super easy kids craft.
- Trace the bats onto construction paper and cut them out to make your own bat shaped decorations.
- Use the bat patterns for games or learning activities.
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There are over 1,400 species of bats, around 45 of which live in the United States and Canada.
Because of their varied species, bats come in many different sizes. To demonstrate, the smallest bat is the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat aka the bumblebee bat, which weighs about the same as a penny. Meanwhile, the largest bat species is called the flying fox (fruit bat), and they have a wingspan of 6 feet!
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Bats are the only mammal that can fly! A bat’s wing is flexible, like a human arm and hand, making them very agile fliers.
For example, the fastest flying bat is the Mexican free-tailed bat. They’re not only the fastest bat, but are also the fastest mammal in the world. In other words, they can fly faster than a cheetah runs! These bats can fly over 100 miles per hour in short bursts.
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The majority of bats are nocturnal, meaning that they’re active at night. Because of this, bats use an ability called echolocation to find their food in total darkness.
Echolocation is locating objects by reflected sound – the bats emit noise at a high frequency and use the echoes from that sound to locate objects, such as insects, in the dark.
As a result, bats can eat their body weight in insects every night! This helps farmers protect their crops and keeps bug populations under control.
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Bats give birth to their babies, just like other mammals, and they can identify their offspring by scent and sound.
Baby bats are called pups, and they can weigh up to 1/3 the size of the mother when they’re born! Thankfully, mother bats only have 1 pup at a time.
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Some bats live solitary lives, but most bats live in large groups, which are called colonies.
The world’s largest bat population lives in the Bracken Bat Cave near San Antonio, Texas. 15 to 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats live there each year from March to October.
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Folklore says that vampires can turns into bats, giving bats one of their connections to Halloween.
Out of so many bat species, only 3 are vampire bats that drink blood. These bats are found in Latin America.
Here’s even more ways to use these printable bat templates:
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