Black Playdough Halloween Bats - Halloween Activities for Kids

You are going to love these black playdough Halloween bats! Follow our step by step instructions for our easy black playdough recipe, grab some bat cookie cutters and invite your toddlers and preschoolers to make a Halloween bat or two! If you are looking for fun Halloween activities for kids this activity will definitely be enjoyed by all!

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As well inviting your kids to make some black playdough halloween bats you may like to have a go at making a halloween bat craft too! 

We have a super easy bat silhouette craft for you to try as well as a bat shape craft that is perfect for preschoolers learning shapes. This oil pastel bat craft is perfect for children of all ages. 

As well as several fun bat activities we have LOADS of Halloween activities for kids. My personal favouirte Halloween activity is our fizzing magic potions! My kids LOVED making their potions sooooo much! We have lots of halloween colouring pages too! 



Below you will find step by step instructions for our black playdough recipe followed by details of our halloween bat activity. The kids are going to have so much fun making their own set of playdough bats!

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Black playdough Recipe

Ingredients for black playdough

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  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Black food coloring

You will also need a bat cookie cutter and some googly eyes for making your playdough bats.

How to make black playdough

STEP 1: Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl

Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients together to combine them. 

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STEP 2: Add wet ingredients to saucepan

Pour the water into a medium saucepan. Add the oil and black food coloring to the water and stir well. 

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STEP 3: Combine wet and dry ingredients in saucepan

Pour the flour mixture into the water and whisk until there are no longer any lumps. 

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STEP 4: Heat playdough on stove top

Place the saucepan on the stove top under medium heat. Stir constantly until a thick lump of dough forms. This will take about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat.

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STEP 5: Cool playdough and knead

Allow the playdough to cool for 5 minutes before kneading it with your hands until it is soft and pliable. 

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STEP 6: Store playdough in ziplock bag

Store your black playdough in an airtight ziplock bag for up to 3 weeks.

Fun Halloween Activities for Kids - Make Some Playdough Halloween Bats

Now you have made your black playdough it is time to have fun making some Halloween bats! (You may wish to use a little white playdough for the bats fangs! White playdough can be made using the black playdough recipe above but switch the black food colouring in the playdough recipe for white food colouring)

This is a fun sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers and great for working on fine motor skills. Place the black playdough on a table alongside a bat cookie cutter, rolling pin, googly eyes and a little white playdough and invite your toddlers and preschoolers to make their own Halloween bats! 

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To make the bats, roll the black dough out flat with a rolling pin. Cut out bat shapes with the bat cookie cutter and push 2 googly eyes onto each bat. If you have some white playdough you may want to add fangs to your playdough bats by cutting two small triangles from white playdough to place on each bat.

Black Playdough Halloween Bats - Halloween Activities for Kids

Don't forget though that there is no right or wrong way to do this playdough activity. If your child wants to add 20 eyes to their bat or give it two heads let them! We often have the most fun when the kids come up with really silly and creative ways of making things!

Use our black playdough recipe to make a Halloween bat or two! Bat activities for preschoolers like this are perfect for anyone looking for sensory halloween activities that kids will LOVE!

Toddlers and preschoolers will love playing with this homemade black playdough and creating their own halloween bats. If you are looking for halloween activities for kids this is definitely one to add to the list! ENJOY the spooky fun and don't forget to check out our other bat activities or halloween activities for kids!

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