Your child will have lots of fun with this robot craft activity while also developing important skills like:
- coloring and cutting help develop fine motor skills
- hand-eye coordination to make the robot move
- identifying colors (which ones did you choose for your robot?)
- curiosity (What kinds of robots exist in the world? What are they used for? Are there other ways that robots might be used? How else might you build a robot?)
- cooperation (you will be working together and taking turns to do this activity)
- building vocabulary (talk about what you are doing to create the robot, did you know that making this robot is a work of engineering?)
- Two paper straw pieces
- Two pony beads
- Robot template Below – Just click, download, and print!
- Color your robot with the crayons (if you have markers or paint at home that you would rather use, feel free!)
- Cut out the robot and tape the two straw pieces onto the back of your robot about 1 inch apart.
- Take a piece of string about 4 feet long and thread both ends through the two straw pieces so that you form a giant loop above your robot.
- Tie a pony bead onto each end of the string to keep the string from coming out of the straw pieces.
- Hang your climbing robot onto a doorknob or from the ceiling.
- Grab one bead in each hand and pull out and away from the robot. Watch it move up!
Extend the Learning:
Have your child tell you a story about their robot. Write it down and let your child draw a picture about the story.
Books about robots:
Norton and Alpha by Kristyna Litten
Robots, Robots Everywhere by Sue Fliess
The Robot Book by Heather Brown
The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles by Dave Wasson
The Runaway Robot by Rachel Ruiz