Have you ever thought about how to make your own robot? As I have two little boys who are robot obsessed, this was the perfect craft for us this weekend.
I am going to own up and say that this is not my idea. One of the boys made a robot at kindergarten and brought it home. Unfortunately it ripped though which he was pretty sad about.
So as it is chucking it down today – it literally hasn’t stopped raining all morning! – I thought we could try and recreate them.
What you need to make your own robot
- Coloured paper
- Toilet roll
- Googly eyes
- Pipe Cleaner
How do you make your own robot?
It is actually pretty easy to make this and the kids pretty much did it all by themselves.
You start off by cutting 10 long strips out of the paper. The boys wanted a different colour for the arms. I cheated here and just folded the paper in long strips and then the boys cut along the lines. This gave them some guidelines to follow, which just made it a little bit easier.
Once you have the long strips, you need to make the body, arms and legs.
To make the body, take two strips and glue them together at 90 degree angle.
Then you fold the bottom strip over the top one, and keep going. The boys both got in a bit of a muddle here, they forgot a couple of times which way they needed to fold. In fact, I am going to admit it, I also did it at one point. So just make sure you are paying attention (unlike us) and folding in the right direction, otherwise you will need to start again.
Once this is done, repeat for the two arms and two legs. Then you just need to glue the arms and legs in place. In hindsight it might be easier, and less messy to use a stapler, unfortunately I have no idea where our one is!
Then for the head, we needed to use our imagination.
I had not thought it through and as I sat and pondered what we were going to do, L came up with an idea. Get a toilet roll and cut it in half.
After that, just get the kiddies to colour the toilet roll head in and stick on some googly eyes. We also used a pipecleaner for horns. We just cut two little holes on either side of the head and threaded them through.
After that just poke a little hole in the head and thread through some string. Voila, the robot is ready to be hung up. Or, in our case played with.
I would love to know if you try this at home. Please let me know in the comments how you get on.
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