As a child progresses from counting by rote to linking number words that they say with actual numbers and math concepts it’s time to get hands-on with some fun math activities. For this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids theme of Bats, we’ve got some number fun with our cute bats to work on number recognition and counting using number lines.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Book

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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a beautifully illustrated book that takes some of the fear of bats away showing that they are gentle and no different than other animals just because they are nocturnal.

Bat Number Line Games Materials

Bat Number Line Printable – download for FREE when you join our Book Basked Activities Newsletter or Purchase a copy

Printer

Paper or Card

Large Dice

Masking tape or Washing Line and Clothes Pegs to hang up your bats.

Preparation

You can either purchase our Bat Number Lines Resource or join our Book Based Activities Newsletter and receive it for free. Once you have a copy download and Printout your Bats and then cut out. You may want to laminate so they will last longer, but this time I printed out on a stronger card.

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Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

Bat Number Lines – Game 1 – Dice Game

Using a large dice that is easy for toddler to roll get them to roll the dice.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

Count the number of dots on the dice.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

Then find the matching bat.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

Repeat and form a number line – if the same number is rolled again you can either take away the bat or miss a turn.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

Extension – Print out two sets and see who can finish their number lines first taking turns to roll the dice.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

With a focus on bats it’s a great time to look at the moon as well – why not try making this moon phase banner with your toddlers and preschoolers too.

Bat Number Lines – Game 2 – Ordering the numbers

Using either a clothesline and pegs or masking tape place the bats in order hanging around.

Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

If you would like to make it more authentic take a large sheet of grey paper and create a bat cave for them to hang in.

More Bat Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Check out these fun ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids Team for more Bat Themed fun based on this week’s featured book Stellaluna.

Bat Number Line Games – You Are Here

Bat Number Treasure Hunt – Inspiration Laboratories

Sensory Learning: What Can You “See” with Your Ears? – Mama Smiles

Flying Bats STEM Activity – The Educators’ Spin On It 

Flapping Bat Wings- Teach Beside Me

Bat Silhouettes – Clare’s Little Tots

Easy Bat Craft for Kids- Toddler Approved

Bats are Nocturnal – Cupcake Liner Bat Craft – Preschool Powol Packets

Halloween Bat Shape Craft By JDaniel4’s Mom


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Two Bat-themed number games for toddlers and preschoolers based on the featured book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Ideal for Nocturnal Animal Units of Study.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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