Upcycle/Recycle Robots

Here’s an activity perfect for young robot fans in your family! This fun activity builds kids’ creative and critical thinking skills, and exercises fine motor movements. Plus, it’s simple – you use everyday materials and art scraps.

Here’s What You Do

  1. Gather up recyclables like cans, bottles and cardboard along with other supplies you might have like magnets, pipe cleaners, small flash lights, toys etc. You’ll also need a glue gun and/or tape.
  2. Build the robot by gluing and taping the loose parts together. Feel free to sketch the robot first, or dive right in.
  3. Come up with a story about the robot. Parents, you can help by asking open-ended questions – What does the robot do? Who does it help?

 Added challenge! Have a child who loves snap or electrical toy circuits? Incorporate those into the robot (i.e., add a fan or light).

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