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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

R is for Robot


We had a fun time making these toilet paper roll robots for letter R week. Each day when the kids come in, they write their name then answer a question. The question of the day that day was: If you had a robot, what would you make it do for you? The answers were so cute: make cookies, clean, dance, make me a robot . . .  After, we made these fun little guys.

We talked about how robots work and how they are made of parts. We read this adorable book that has gears and other things you can play with on each page.

Then the kids made their own adorable robot. We started by painting our toilet paper rolls the day before. Then the kids drew their "switch board" on a piece of card stock and attached it with mini brads. We added other features like arms, eyes, and an antennae.  The only bummer part was that they didn't move by themselves. : )

Want to make your own?

Here's What You Need:
  • toilet paper roll
  • paint
  • toothpick
  • card stock
  • pipe cleaner
  • hole punch
  • mini brads (optional)
  • foam stickers (optional)
  • mini hole punch (optional)
Here's What You Do:
  1. Paint your toilet paper roll and let dry. (You can do inside and out if you prefer.)
  2. Draw a switch board on a piece of card stock or paint it onto your toilet paper roll.
  3. Attach your switch board to your roll with glue dots (liquid glue doesn't dry fast enough and it won't stay curled around the roll) or with mini brads (it's best to punch the holes first with the mini hole punch)
  4. Attach foam sticker eyes or paint some on.
  5. Draw a mouth.
  6. Punch two holes in the side for the arms. Slide a pipe cleaner through so it sticks out on both sides. Curl the pipe cleaner around a pen or pencil to make the arms stay in place.
  7. Tape a circle cut out to the toothpick then tape it to the inside, top of the roll.

* The original idea for this project was found in a Family Fun magazine.

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