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Easy How to Draw a Bat Tutorial and Bat Coloring Page

Learn how to draw a bat with an easy step by step tutorial. When it is based on simple shapes, students of all ages can enjoy drawing one.

A drawing of a bat, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
Bat drawing, colored with crayons

If students are going to learn how to draw a bat, it helps to have them in one of their most natural positions — hanging from their feet. This tutorial shows how to draw one in this realistic pose, but still has a cute and simplified face.

Did you know that there are 1,100 species of bats worldwide, with 40 species in the United States alone. Though small in physical size, bats have a large footprint, making up one-quarter of the world’s mammals.

Now students that are learning more about bats, or perhaps want to include them in some fun Halloween drawings, can draw one with just a few simple shapes. That makes it a great tutorial for early elementary grade classes.

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Preview of the Bat Tutorial

A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy bat.

Bat Coloring Page

Bat Coloring page, available as a free download
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Students can enjoy a book about Bats, before drawing one

This book, Nightsong, 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.


  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • 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 unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Bat in 9 Easy Steps

  1. Draw a branch.

  2. Start with a center line and start one wing.

  3. Finish the body with the other wing.

  4. Add a curve to finish the wing. Add head and neck.

  5. Start the outside shape of the ears.

  6. Finish the inside of the ears.

  7. Draw the ear details and feet.

  8. Draw eyes, nose and mouth.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

Student Art from Pre K and K students at St. Mary’s School

Thank you so much for sharing them!

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