Monday, May 16, 2011

Build Your Own Robot Recycling Craft for Kids: Project #97

Build Your Own Robot Recycling Craft for Kids
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    

Supplies Needed:
  • Several Empty Boxes/Containers
    We used 2 spaghetti boxes, 1 macaroni box, and an empty grapefruit cup container.
  • Masking Tape
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Construction Paper & Crayons or Washable Markers
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
Time Needed:  
  • up to 45 Minutes
What To Do:
  1. Tape a yogurt or grapefruit cup to a rectangular box using the masking tape. See photo below.

  2. Cut a spaghetti box into 3 pieces. Use 2 of those to create legs and tape to the existing "body". We'll use the 3rd piece shortly. See image below.

  3. Cut the other spaghetti box into 3 pieces and use 2 pieces for the arms. Tape onto your robot "body" as shown below.

  4. Tear off sheets (about 2-3 feet long) of aluminum foil and wrap your robot!
    HINT: If the aluminum foil tears just wrap another sheet over it.

  5. Dress up your robot. Ours was inspired by the movie "Astro Boy" so we gave him 2 googly eyes, a red cap, and a computer unit :)

  6. ENJOY! You're done! Play!
Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected. 

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

If your child is challenged by wrapping the robot in the aluminum foil, you can assist by showing him how to wrap one part at a time: head, then arm, then other arm, body, and so on. Once it's all mostly wrapped, you can use smaller pieces of foil to cover any bare areas.

For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project as is.

Featured Toy
WEDGiTS Translucent Deluxe Set has 30 building blocks in five progressive block sizes that nest, stack, link and even wedge together. Kids create 3D sculptures, futuristic space craft, towering structures and mechanically levered creatures. 

The open-ended design of WEDGITS stimulates perception and reasoning skills as the different blocks are stacked, nested and aligned with the rhombus and octahedron shapes. This set comes with two clear-plastic storage stands and two product design booklet with over sixty unique product designs, including the famous WEDGiTS Jumping Frog. Able play rated toy!

Featured Book
"That's Not My Robot..." by Fiona Watts and Illustrated by Rachel Wells
Part of the "That's Not My..." series, this book is formatted the same way. It's a textured book and on each page there is an object that is not the robot. How do you know? Because it's ____ is too ____!  This book teaches children how to distinguish between different objects based on specific features. This boo is eye candy for children who will greatly enjoy the bright colors and interesting textures!
Check out these FREE Robot Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.   

Related Links:
3oo Crafts for Kids
Kids Crafts: Crafts for Preschoolers
Books for Preschoolers

Special Needs

Related Toys: 
Blocks & Building Toys
Special Needs Toys
Toys for Children with Autism


Carolyn said...

The robot looks fantastic. And the kids look like they had heaps of fun. Well done, great idea.

Anonymous said...

Our son LOVES robots!! I see this in our future crafting creations! Thanks for the idea! =)

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