Building Robot Droids:
Build Your Own Robot With Recycled Crafts
Building robot droids out of household junk makes them one of the best ever recycled crafts for kids. You can see some of the crafts skills you can use to build your own robot below together with photos of our best homeschool robots.
Recycled crafts are one of the best ways for your kids to build a robot. See the inventive use of a trigger action spray bottle for Doberbot's head and how you can use part of an electric circuit board to build Ramjet's back.
Once your kids have got the idea, you can use any household junk for building robot droids. Catherine and William quickly moved on to learn how to build their own homeschool robots and we're hoping to inspire your kids to have a go too.
Now I have to be clear and say this is not one of our homeschooling ideas. We bought a fantastic book called:
Making Dinosaur Robots From Junk by Stephen Munzer
And used the techniques he taught us to make our own simple homeschool recycled robots. I hope you'll be able to use the same crafts skills to build your own robot! But I strongly recommend that you buy his book, which has detailed instructions for building all sorts of cool robots for kids.
Once you've had a go at his dinosaur robots for kids, his second book:
Making Robot Warriors From Junk by Stephen Munzer
will teach you even more crafts skills! Have a look at the recycled crafts we used in our homeschool to make his Ramjet, Doberbot and TerrorSaw robots.
How To Build A Simple Robot
The best way for your kids to start building robots is to have a look at our page on homeschooling activities, where you can see how to make recycled crafts terrifying by turning them into T-Wrecks. You'll see a parts list and an outline of the simple crafts skills you'll need to build robots.
If you move on to our page on how to build a robot, you'll see Catherine showing you the crafts skills you need for building robot wheels using recycled milk bottle tops with barbecue stick axles.
Robot Building Inspiration
Here's an example of how inventive use of recycled crafts can turn anything into simple homeschool kids robots! Catherine's homeschool Squash Droid has a hand cream container body with a medicine bottle squishy lid stuck on the top. I like the recycled toothbrushes best!
Robot building for beginners is all about choosing the simple option. When you start eyeing up household junk with a practised eye, you'll see some things are much easier to build your own robot out of than others.
Cool robot heads are great from trigger action spray bottles - you can see how to make them into perfect pointed heads. Stephen Munzer's Doberbot has ears which you can build from the ends of a coat hanger.
Another cool choice when you're looking for heads for robots is an air freshener. They come in all sorts of different designs, but that's part of the beauty of recycled crafts! You can adapt whatever you have to learning how to make the best robot parts.
Catherine's used a furniture polish lid to make her homeschool robot Robo Spikes.
To help you get more idea of the crafts skills you'll need to build your own robot, she takes you through the homeschooling steps stage by stage so you can see exactly how it's done in our page on recycled crafts.
Building Robot Bodies
You can choose all sorts of recyled crafts when it comes to building robot bodies.
The robot body Catherine's used for her homeschool Squash Bot is harder, because circular things are always more difficult for your kids to get the wheels stuck on. Something thin and roughly rectangular makes things simple, so get your kids to have a look round for something to recycle.
The bathroom is a good place to start! Try recycling shower gel bottles, toilet cleaners or spray bathroom cleaners - anything that's thin and roughly rectangular in shape will make things simple.
See how Catherine's chosen a plastic head torch body to build her homeschool Ray Droid.
But it's always good to refer to the expert! See the recycled crafts you can use to build his kids robot, Ballistosaurus.
Seeing how to build your own robot is much more simple when you can see the parts actually being fitted together, as William shows with this running repair on T-Wrecks
The crafts skills your kids will learn for building robots will come in handy with all sorts of other homeschooling craft projects. You could try:
- Using your recycling crafts skills to turn a shoe box into a homeschooling ocean diorama.
- Getting inspired by our homeschool activities for kids to make a dragon our of junk.
- Trying out some of our homeschooling easy crafts for kids.
- Turning your robot T-Wrecks into part of our dinosaurs for kids homeschool lesson plans. Try fossil hunting and hatch your own pet Triops from the age of the dinosaurs.
Whatever parts your kids choose, I hope you can see that building robot droids gives you lots of opportunities to bring recycled crafts to life!
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