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How to Draw a Hanging Bat

Students can learn how to draw a bat in their famous resting position, hanging upside down. When it is based on simple shapes, students of all ages can enjoy drawing one.

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Drawing of a Bat, colored with crayons

Preview of the step by step Hanging Bat drawing tutorial

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Students can enjoy a book about Bats, before drawing one

This book beautifully illustrates how bats use their radar to see at night, and tells of a young bat’s first flight all by himself. Really one of those special books that young students can relate to, and is a great match for this how to draw project.

Hanging Bat Coloring Page


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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have in the smaller boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors, and seem a bit richer than ones Prang has.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Bat

  1. Make guidelines. Draw a branch.

  2. Draw a center line and one wing.

  3. Finish with the other wing.

  4. Add a curve. Add head and neck.

  5. Start the outside of the ears.

  6. Finish the inside of the ears.

  7. Draw ear details and feet.

  8. Draw eyes, nose and mouth.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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