Add these bat calendar numbers to your collection of classroom calendar numbers today. They’re perfect for your next kindergarten, pre-k, or preschool bat theme.
While the bat number cards are great for your linear or traditional calendar, you can use them for so much more. Add them to your math lessons or place them in your math center. Either way, your students can practice a variety of early math skills with this simple bat printable.
I think they’d also be a nice addition to your Halloween activities for preschoolers and kindergartners. Or as part of your next hibernation unit. As you can see, the bat numbers can be integrated into so many of your lesson plans. And they’re super easy to prep, which is just icing on the cake, right?
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You’ll find tips for prepping the bat number cards below, along with a variety of ways to use the numbers. Keep in mind that you and your students can come up with even more ways to incorporate the bat numbers into your classroom!
And be sure to grab your own copy of the free printable at the bottom of this post.
Bat Calendar Numbers
As I mentioned above, you can use the bat numbers with so many topics in your early childhood classroom. Whether you’re exploring a unit on bats, learning more about hibernation, or celebrating Halloween . . . these numbers will come in handy.
Of course, you don’t really need a reason to use the bat calendar numbers with the kids! Maybe a few of your students get a kick out bats. That’s reason enough in my opinion!
How to Prep the Bat Number Cards
There’s not much to prepping the bat numbers. First, gather any supplies you’ll need ahead of time. Here’s what we used (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
And that’s it! You can also use a corner rounder if you prefer, but that’s definitely not necessary. Oh, and you’ll want to grab any additional supplies while you’re at it. Here are some suggestions:
- Black pompoms
- Dry erase markers
- Plastic bat rings
- Mini erasers
- Math manipulatives (like Unifix Cubes)
- Black sand
Once you have all of the supplies sorted out, it’s time to prep those number cards. First, print out the pages. Then cut the bat calendar numbers apart and laminate all of them. Now you’re ready to use them in your classroom!
How Can Kids Use the Bat Calendar Numbers?
Of course you can use the bat number cards as part of your linear or traditional classroom calendar. They’re 3-inches square, so they’ll work with many calendars. If you need them smaller, just adjust your printer settings to have the cards print to a smaller scale.
But the printable bats aren’t just for your calendar! You can use them in so many other ways. Here are a few more of our favorite ways to use the bat number cards:
- Pair the bat cards with another set of number cards (perhaps our pumpkin calendar numbers?). Then have the kids work on their patterning skills. Or challenge them to match all of the pumpkin numbers with the corresponding bat calendar numbers.
- Pour black sand into a shallow tray to create a simple sensory writing tray. Let your students use their fingers to practice number formation, using the bat numbers as a guide.
- Let the children use their favorite manipulatives to practice one-to-one correspondence with the bat numbers. They need to place the appropriate number of manipulatives next to each bat number card.
- Use the numbers to practice numerical order. Have your students put the numbers in order, and then (if appropriate) challenge the kids to do so in reverse. You can even have the kids pick a random bat number to choose what order they get in line to go outside.
- Measure each of your students using the numbers. Be sure to record how many “bats” tall each of the kids is!
How will you and your students use the bat number cards? Don’t forget to get your copy at the bottom of this post.
What Skills are Kids Practicing with the Bat Numbers?
Even though the bat calendar numbers are a very simple printable, you can use them in so many ways (as you can see above). Because they’re so versatile, the numbers can cover many early math skills. Here’s a list of some topics kids can practice with the cards:
- Number identification
- One-to-one correspondence
- Numerical order
- Number formation
- Graphing and data analysis
I’m sure there are even more learning skills you can use them for. But those are the topics we tend to veer towards with our calendar numbers.
More Bat Activities
If you and your students love the bat calendar numbers, why not check out these bat activities?!
- Coffee Filter Bats
- Bat Headband Craft
- Bat Sensory Bins
- Flying Bats STEM Activity
- Bat Emergent Reader
- Easy Silhouette Bat Craft
I’ve got even more bat crafts and activities saved if you need more ideas, too! Do you have a favorite?
Bat Lesson Plans
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