Halloween is just days away – can you believe it? Your house is probably decorated already – we’ve got tissue paper ghosts and spooky jack-o-lanterns everywhere! – but keep the Halloween spirit going with this fun activity. All you need is some colorful ink pads, paper, markers, and your two hands, of course! We love these rainbow fingerprint bats just as they are, a fun activity for kids to get creative and draw some Halloween scenes, but you could turn the finished bats into little note cards if you want!
what you need:
- Ink pad (in multiple colors)
- Markers (fine tip and regular)
Gather your materials and set out pieces of paper on your work surface. It also helps to have some scrap paper and a damp cloth nearby!
Press your finger into the ink pad, being sure it has a nice coat of ink on it. Make sure you’re using washable ink with kids!
Press your inked finger onto a piece of paper like a stamp.
Use the damp cloth to remove any excess ink off of your finger, or wash your hands with soap and water.
Repeat this stamping process with as many colors as you like! Make sure to leave space between the fingerprints.
Use a matching fine tip marker to draw details onto the bat: wings, ears, and a little face! Have fun with this part – no two bats have to be the same, and you can experiment with different expressions and wings! Use regular markers to fill in the wings if you like.
Display your rainbow bats on the fridge, or you could even cut them into little notecards! Having a Halloween puppet show? Cut out each bat individually, close to the bat shape itself, and glue a wooden skewer to the back of each shape. Your rainbow bats are now ready to put on a colorful puppet show for Halloween!