Explain that some bats inhabit caves to stay safe and to sleep. When bats sleep they hang upside down. Let children create a bat cave in order to understand why this is a good place for bats to sleep. Bring in several appliance boxes; tape them together to form the "cave." Children may wish to paint the outside a dark color. Hang tubes from rolls of toilet paper painted brown as upside-down bats. Hang pairs of cut-out paper bats from the top of the cave. Place pillows for small groups of children to sit on when they visit or want to look at books inside the bat cave. Discuss why caves are safe places from predators. If you want to take the bat cave idea even farther, see The Classroom Cave.
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