The High King Lives

Crafty Monday Part 2: Bats, Owls, Spiders, and Cats October 28, 2013

In this post: Our homeschool group learns about the creepy and spooky creatures talked about this time of year. At home Michael learns about bats, owls, and spiders with crafts, games, and fun food. Plus my pumpkin art!


Hello dear ones! I know the top pictures are always too big. They are for my Pinterest and the reader. This is the second part of Crafty Monday. I hope you didn’t miss the first part with week 2 of Ancient Greece. We had fun last week learning about the creepy creatures brought up around Halloween. We don’t celebrate Halloween (as in celebrating the dead…ghosts…horror etc…) but I don’t mind learning about these “creepy” creatures because I don’t think they are scary at all. We love to dress up for Fall festivals and to enjoy Harvest celebrations but I’m very anti-horror.

When one of the homeschool moms decided to do a creepy creature project we just had to prepare. So I found these great lapbooks etc on They were super cheap and all about owls, bats, spiders, and cats. We never got to the cat one.

You can find my Fall Pinspirations here:

First we began with bats and a famous bat named Stellaluna :).  I think bats are super cute.


Here’s what you see above:

  • Flutter, Flutter Little Bat poem
  • Candy Bat craft ~We also watched a reading of Stellaluna. The white bat represents her.
  • Hanging Bat craft ~I hung these over Michael’s reading pool. Now he has a bat cave :).
  • Bat lapbook from We also watched a video about bats. I believe the link came with the lapbook.
  • Bats and Cats music game ~ found here:
  • Cat cookie cutter sandwich ~ it is what it is. Poor black cats. They get such a bad rap. I have a sweet one and he’s not evil…well most of the time.


  • Owl cursive sheets~ Michael practiced writing cursive with these all week.  He traced the owl fact sheets and he copied owl facts too.
  • Michael dissected an owl pellet online here:
  • Then he got a certificate for being a Bird Barfologist.  Michael got the funny glasses from Michael’s craft store.


  • Spider Web Language Arts Game: I made a yarn web with cut out spiders. I put various Fall words on it. Michael had to find synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms. He wasn’t allowed to step off the yarn.
  • Glue Resist Spider Web~ it’s really hard to see the spider web with a green back ground.  We made the web with glue then painted over it with water paint.

great pumpkin

A friend’s church had a fall festival called Manna-ween. We watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on the lawn.  You can see Michael as Bilbo Baggins. There’s a pic with his buddies Olivia and Liam. When we got home Michael colored his Great Pumpkin coloring book and we watched the movie again.

Our homeschool group  learned about creepy creatures last week.  The mom who led it divided the activities in centers.  The kids were split into pairs.  They were given passports. Once they completed the activities at each center they stamped the passport. I have them labeled below.

Creepy Creatures

Lastly, a couple projects of my own…


  • Sweater Pumpkin made from an old blue sweater.
  • Pumpkin blocks ~ wooden blocks painted orange and white. A nail for the stem and gold wire for the vine.
  • We are trying to sprout Indian corn for a science project.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


7 Responses to “Crafty Monday Part 2: Bats, Owls, Spiders, and Cats”

  1. Amanda Says:

    You are simply amazing! I have four children and struggle to come up with ideas to keep learning fun (especially for my son 9yo). So blessed that I stumbled across your site!

    • amberdover Says:

      Thank you Amanda for your sweet words. I find most of my ideas on Pinterest and other Mommy blogs. We’ve also got some great curriculums we use as the backbone of it all. I’m glad you stopped by and I pray you’ll find ideas for your kiddos. If you look on the right side of my blog there are sub-sections under Crafty Monday. You can find past posts. We did a real fun Time Machine Unit…also had a Disney inspired Summer. I believe last Fall was my favorite during second grade. We made homemade rootbeer. I have one son and unless there’s a miracle I’ll have no other. So It’s kind of bittersweet when we go to the next grade. I miss not getting to do certain things anymore but I’m also excited for a new adventure. So it really blesses me that the Lord lets me inspire others. It’s almost like having more kids :). ~Amber D.

    • amberdover Says:

      PS: You can see snapshots of all the homeschool posts here:

      • Amanda Says:

        You are very blessed to be able to focus on your one huge blessing! He is blessed to have a mama who numbers her days and makes them count! Thanks for sharing!

      • amberdover Says:

        Thank you so much. I am truly blessed :). Have a lovely day and God bless you!

  2. If I was a kid again I would love to be in your homeschool class. 🙂 How fun!

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