Find out all about a year in the life of a bat, including their long hibernation over the winter months.
Life Cycle of a Bat
Use these interesting and fun resources to learn about the life cycle of a bat with your children. They are particularly interesting as bats are one of only three mammals in the UK to hibernate (the others being dormice and hedgehogs).
Bats begin to wake up from their hibernation in March. They have to start hunting for food and looking for nesting sites. The female bats will form colonies away from the male bats. They usually give birth to just one baby bat which is called a pup. Pups sleep curled up under their mother’s wings.
Bats are mammals so they give birth to live young and the pups drink milk. They are the only flying mammal. Their wings are not feathered but are made from stretched skin.
Pups cannot fly when they are born. They only start to fly whey they are around 2 to 3 months old. Once they can fly they will start hunting for their own food and stop drinking their mother’s milk. Bats are only considered adults when they are around 1 year old.
In October the bats will start looking for nesting sites for their winter hibernation. All bats should be curled up asleep in November.
Bats are very unusual creatures, so it might be tricky for the children to decide which of these interesting facts are true and which are fiction! They need to place each label into either the fact or fiction column on the first page.
Perfect for displaying in the classroom, this lovely poster takes you through the lifecycle of a bat from their birth to becoming an adult.
Our second bat life cycle poster has a little more detail for each stage and is perfect for older children.
Here's a fun activity if you're learning about the life cycle of bats. Cut out each picture card (including the arrows and title card) then ask the children to put them into a sequencing display.
Can the children describe the lifecycle of a bat using our set of story papers? Each story paper has plenty of room for writing.
Can the children match the bat vocabulary with the correct definition? There are some quite tricky words here to learn...
Perfect for displays and vocabulary work, this set of bats word cards includes some of the terminology you will need when studying these fascinating animals and their lifecycle.
Did you know that bats are the only true flying mammal? Why not find out some more interesting facts about these amazing creatures and their lifecycle and write them in one of our four handy booklets (choose from lined, blank, colour and black and white versions below).
This bat lifecycle cloze worksheet is an interesting way to learn a little more about the life cycle of these incredible mammals. We've included a number of words to be used to fill in the gaps.
The children will enjoy colouring in the lovely illustrations on this life cycle of a bat colouring page, including some bats hanging upside down!