I have been wanting to include more kid-friendly activities and crafts on my blog lately, and with this idea my son gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to get it done. This post about robot creativity is a simple little activity, but my boy and I had a great time doing it one afternoon, and I hope that you will as well! He was inspired to “make himself a robot” from an episode of Curious George on PBS Kids. I will be honest with you: almost all of his little projects and experiments are inspired by PBS kids. Those shows are seriously the best!
After watching the episode where George turns himself into a robot to amuse his dog friend, Huntley, my son kept trying to make himself into a robot. He is very independent and a free thinker, so I just let him do his thing. He tried tape and paper and wrapping rope and clothes around himself, but never with much success. And then he walked into the room beaming with pride and looking like this…..
I just love watching his mind at work. At that point I decided to step in and help make all of his robot dreams come true. I simply grabbed some construction paper, wrapping paper, scissors, and tape. Wrap, cut, and tape! Before I knew it I had a tiny robot running all around my house. Too much fun!!
If you want to do this with your little one then you may be interested in reading a picture book or two about robots first. You could even turn it into a lesson on the letter R and make your robot red. The sky is the limit!
Here are some mom-and-kid-tested robot book recommendations that I collected from friends:
* Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett
* Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman
* Cookiebot!: A Harry and Horsie Adventure by Katie Van Camp
* The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
* Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka
If you team up with your little ones to make your own robots I would love for you to share pictures of them on my Facebook page!
Silly little robot…..