Bears and Bats is one of my favorite days to teach. Actually, there are a number of awesome days that I love - this day is certainly one of them! We started the day by painting toilet paper rolls black for bats or brown for bears.
Bears and Bats Preschool Pack here and play the game at home. We're learning the alphabet in a very non-alphabetically specific order (m t a s b h c i l p f j o n d g u r k e w y v x z q) in order to teach kids how to use the alphabet while they are learning it. It doesn't make sense to learn the symbols without a way to use them. So far, we've learned M T A S B. With these five letters we can make oodles of words. We take our Making Words cards and mix them up to make "at" "sat" "mat" "am" "Sam" etc. After I have the kids copy the word I've made they get to make up silly words on their own like "mts" or "bstm". They think it is SO FUNNY and it's a fantastic way to make learning to read and sound out words fun. It doesn't matter that they are nonsense words - they're reading!