Learning how to build a robot dinosaur from recycled trash
is one of our most enjoyable homeschooling activities.
You'll be building robot body parts using bits of homeschool household junk!
If you look closely at T-Wrecks you'll soon spot:
And the techniques you'll learn will help you recycle all sort of things.
You can use your own junk to create your own robot dinosaur which really moves and looks fantastic!
I can show you the basics, but you need to get hold of this inspirational book to do it properly:
The link takes you to the UK version, in the US you can get it here:
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Homeschooling activities don't get much more cool than this!
Now DIY is not one of my strong points and I had to be nagged into it but the techniques are basically simple.
Fun homeschooling activities teaching STEM science and technology using recycled trash to build a dinosaur robot. Meet T.Rex with his ferocious plastic fork teeth!
You'll be heating a bradawl (a screwdriver will do) over a candle flame to make axle holes in a plastic spray bottle.
Barbecue sticks are great as homeschool axles and circular air fresheners make cool wheels.
It's amazing how much pleasure my children William and Catherine got from just learning how to make something move.
For the full details, you need to get Stephen Munzer's book.
Stephen tells you how to make a robot and also has suggestions for cool activities like dinosaur battles and homeschool remote control units.
You'll find it going very cheap on Amazon but the reason it's cheap is that it's getting a bit out-of-date.
The drive to have 'new look' cool products to tempt us means that a lot of your household 'junk' will have changed design since then.
That's not a problem in that the techniques you use when you build robots are easily adaptable, but it does mean your homeschooling activities are going to have to be a bit more creative!
Homeschooling Activities: T-WRECKS PARTS LIST:
As you can see, I had two keen helpers to gather everything together for these homeschooling activities!
The book is aged 8+, we learned how to build our homeschool T-Wrecks dinosaur robot at 5 and William still enjoyed learning more about building robots at age 13.
For the first dinosaur robot the children were largely helpful spectators when it came to actually learning how to use heated bradawls and hacksaws – but it's surprising how much they learn from watching our homeschooling activities.
If you get stuck in too it's also much more
fun for you!
I'm not going to attempt to give a full account of how to build a homeschool robot T-Wrecks.
You need the book and you need to follow the safety instructions. I was never happy about leaving the children unsupervised – a heated bradawl in the eye comes agonizingly to mind.
More helpful is to give a quick round up of the basic methods, which you can apply to build a dinosaur robot or when you're deciding how to make other cool dinosaurs.
As you'll see, some of the techniques came in handy when Catherine went on to build her own dinosaur Velociraptor.
If all this talk about building wings and tails for robots isn't making much sense, have a look at our homeschool Terror-Saw:
Once your creative imagination is fired, you'll see all sorts of homeschool possibilities lying around!
Here are some more homeschooling suggestions for cool robots:
In the process of learning how to build a robot it's astonishing how much your children will find out about homeschooling design and technology. It's also a cool way to recycle.
If your children would like how to make a different sort of homeschool model, we've got advice on the best model kits for airplanes.
lots more to discover in the world of how to build a robot. And
dinosaurs have to be one of those cool homeschooling activities where
you can really let your imagination fly.
Here are some of my most popular homeschooling pages. Click on the pic to go to the page. And - enjoy!