Recycled crafts ideas for kids don't get much cooler than learning how to build a robot using junk.
And you'll see lots more cool ways to recycle, including ten kids activities that reuse plastic bottles!
My daughter Catherine's going to show your kids how to make Robo Spikes, her latest homeschooling robot.
The idea isn't to copy what she's built.
We want to open your mind to the possibilities of using recycling.
You'll find it's a great way to make lots of fun kids projects and learn D.I.Y. at the same time!
You can use the same techniques we show you to make your own junk models.
You can see here how to make a robot from trash.
At the bottom of the page you'll find more ideas - like inventive ways to recycle plastic bottles!
Fans of our site will know already that we are robot mad in our homeschool!
It all started with this great book:
How To Make Dinosaur Robots From Junk by Stephen Munzer
Please note that the book links on this page are affiliate links so if you buy I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Stephen showed us one of the best recycled crafts ideas I've ever seen: picking up bits from the trash can and building them into fearsome T Wrecks.
The great thing about learning how to build a robot using Stephen's book is that it has meant my children William and Catherine can use his techniques to invent their own homeschooling robots.
We're hoping your kids will want to do the same!
In order to get in
the mood, you really need to start by looking at these three pages:
If you look at our page on homeschooling activities, you'll see how to make recycled crafts terrifying by building a T-Rex. I've put a parts list and an outline of the simple crafts skills you'll need to build robots.
If you move on to our homeschool page on how to build model robots, you'll see Catherine showing you the crafts skills you need for building robot wheels using recycled milk bottle tops with barbecue stick axles.
Lastly, our robots page shows you our best homeschooling robots. Meet Saw Bot, Ray Droid, and Squash Droid.
By looking at the homeschool crafts skills Catherine's learned, your kids will be able to build their own kids robot out of bits of household junk.
This homeschool recycled parts list is meant as a guide to help you build your own robot.
The important thing is for your kids to substitute.
Your kids don't need to pick exactly the same recycled items as we have; you just need something roughly similar and you'll end up with your own unique kids robot made from the trash can!
Robot Spikes, Defence Turret and Tail
Have a look at the final version of Catherine's homeschool Robo Spikes and you'll see recyled robots are only limited by your imagination:
One kids robot building tip: metallic paint makes all the difference to recycled crafts.
Spraying your robots with a metallic finish makes all your recycled junk come together into a convincing robot.
(N.B. This requires adult help and a good face mask.)
You can add finishing touches like stickers and even design your own robot logo.
You might like to show your kids why things like recycled crafts are a good way to cut down on waste.
I've hunted through YouTube for a
video which shows the horrors of plastic without being too upsetting to
“If we keep going the way we are, in 2025 we will put enough plastic in the oceans to cover Australia 6 times over with cling film.”
~ Chris Wilcox, CSIRO researcher
I love these activities for kids recycling plastic bottles. Check out ideas for making a ship in a bottle or trying out jump rope handles and this brillliant suggestion for making a plastic bottle bird feeder!
Try and make your recycled bird feeder more squirrel proof than this!
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Recycled crafts are a winner all ways round; you turn trash into something really cool that's great for kids!
Click on the picture to go to the page.
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