The best thing about learning how to build a robot is you get to recycle household trash
and turn it into free STEM activities learning science and engineering with cool robot models.
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!
Dinosaurs look really cool with plastic fork teeth and spray bottle heads.
The techniques you'll learn when you make your own robot are great to use for all sorts of STEM kids projects and activities.
And recycled crafts always earn bonus points!
We'll take you through the techniques step-by-step and encourage you to look at trash in a completely new way!
The credit for building those cool robots and teaching kids STEM skills like engineering and technology is down to this book:
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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 my daughter Catherine had so much fun making those robots she used the homeschooling crafts skills she'd learned 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?
If you want the security of starting out with a set I've picked out the best around.
I love this idea for kids who love space! As you can see, we made our own space probe from cardboard tubes and loo rolls; but here you get to build a robot rover which you can imagine walking on Mars.
When you've got the idea, you can adapt the kids crafts skills Stephen uses to learn how to build your own models including our awesome Velociraptor:
you start looking round the house, you'll begin to see all sorts of
opportunities for homeschooling free crafts for kids.
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.
Recyling a plastic container makes for perfect robot bodies. You need one which is relatively light and tall; among the free trash candidates to look out for are:
But there are lots of fun 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.
You could also try making more dinosaur robots like T-Wrecks and turning it into part of our exciting dinosaurs project. See what fun it is to find out what life was like when the dinosaurs roamed!
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 learned 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.
Learning how to build a robot teaches all sorts of homeschooling fun kids crafts skills.
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.
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!