The best thing about learning how to build a robot is you get to re-use household junk and turn it into great free crafts for kids. Building robots like this is fun and the delight kids show in making something that actually moves is fantastic.
If you have a look at our homeschool robots, you'll see building robot body parts is really about raiding the trash can!
The credit for building those cool robots and teaching the kids crafts skills you need is definitely down to this book:
The link takes you to the UK version, in the US you can get it here:
The best way to see how to build robots is to start here:
You'll see there how we made them, meet T-Wrecks and Terror-Saw, and find out how to turn a plastic fork into ferocious teeth.
The way Stephen showed us robot building for beginners lit up all sorts of exciting ideas about how to build our own homeschooling robots. His book is really cheap and goes into far more detail than I can on the techniques you need to use for how to build a robot.
The great thing is that Catherine had so much fun making those robots she used the homeschooling crafts skills she'd learnt to come up with some really cool robots of her own. You're about to meet Squash Bot, Ray Droid and Saw Bot!
See how Stephen's dinosaur robot head comes from an air freshener with his own set of formidable plastic fork teeth?
When you've got the idea, you can adapt the kids crafts skills Stephen uses to learn how to build your own robot.
If you start looking round the house, you'll begin to see all sorts of opportunities for homeschooling free crafts for kids. I'm going to put some suggestions here, but you'll find more fun ideas in our homeschool page on building robot droids.
And I've been a little rude and shown you Squash Bot naked so you can see the free parts you need to build a robot body can come from something as mundane as a hand cream container. You can see him in bronze on our homeschool robot droid page.
Building robot bodies means finding a used plastic container which is relatively light and tall. Fun trash candidates to build a robot for free kids crafts are:
But there are lots of fun, free homeschooling choices lying around. Have a look at what Catherine chose to build a robot for her homeschool Ray Droid:
His body is a plastic head torch container and check out his cool homeschooling glue bottle nozzle ray gun!
If you'd like more ideas for how to build something with free junk, why not turn a shoe box into a homeschool ocean diorama?
Or your kids could be inspired by our homeschool dragon crafts to make a free dragon out of junk.
Learning how to make something move is one of those really satisfying fun crafts for kids.
For beginners, we've had a lot of success with robots with milk bottle top wheels. You can stick two together with glue to make the perfect homeschool wheel. We know a plumber friend so we put free pipe insulation foam between them to make the wheels wider.
More popular choices for kids robot building for beginners:
To build a robot that moves does mean getting the wheels right so have a look at our homeschool Ray Droid showing off these last two ideas.
Now for a fun homeschooling lesson in how to build moving robots using milk bottle tops.
Building homeschool models is something we really enjoy, as you can see in our build a space probe page:
Now you've learnt how to make your homeschooling robots move you need to look round for what other free items you can steal from the trash for building robot heads and tails. Fun choices to pinch for your free kids crafts are:
You can often glue them on to the robot body or fit the head into the bottle neck.
You could also try making more dinosaur robots like T-Wrecks and turning it into part of our dinosaurs for kids project. See what fun it is to find out what life was like when the dinosaurs roamed!
Learning how to build a robot teaches all sorts of homeschooling fun kids crafts skills.
Catherine is now our homeschool robot building supervisor; she picks all the free trash she wants to build a robot and works out how it fits together.
A word to the wise: when it comes to homeschool robot building for beginners a can of spray paint is the vital element required to turn your creations into really cool robots. Catherine will take you through all the steps stage by stage so you can see exactly how to build your own robot in our page on homeschool recycled crafts.
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If you want to learn how to build a robot the exciting thing is you don't have to look far; the trash can really does provide everything you need for free crafts for kids!
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