By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT
It was another educational day at the Maben Public Library on Oct. 11 as Ms. Mary read to the children that attended a book about bats. She chose “Fantastic Bats,” which is a Scholastic Science Vocabulary Reader.
First off, they learned that bats are mammals, which means that they are warm-blooded. Bats have one baby bat (pup) at a time. Bats have wings with little fingers like humans. They sleep for 18 hours or more upside down, hanging by their super strong claws. They live in trees, caves, old buildings and under bridges.
They come out at night to hunt for food: bugs, mice, frogs, lizards or maybe fruit. They also drink flower nectar.
They can fly extremely fast; as much as, 60 miles an hour. At night when they go out, they use echolocation, which are short shouts that echo off whatever is in their way. This keeps them from bumping into things.
There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats in the world. Some bats even eat fish, which they catch themselves. Bats can eat as many as 1,000 bugs in a night.
After the story, Ms. Mary led them through making a bat: Step 1: fold a paper plate in half and then color it black, Step 2: trace each hand on black bulletin board paper and cut out each hand, Step 3: Staple the hands to the edge and corner of the folded plate, Step 4: cut two triangles for ears, staple to the top at the fold, Step 5: glue goo-goo eyes on the front of the plate. Then insert your hand into the open side of the paper plate and fly your bat.
The most fun is playing with the Play-Doh and making all kinds of shapes: bats, pumpkins, snakes and ghosts.