How to make a robot

how to make a junk model robotWhat a sweet family portrait of our junk model robots. Inspired by a book B is reading at school Saturday morning turned into robot making time.

How to make a junk model robot

how to make a junk model robot
Step one: raid your making box  /  recycling bin  /  kitchen cupboards and see what cardboard boxes are available to create your robot.
how to make a junk model robot
Step two: imagine all the things you’d like you robot to be able to do and add them in as special design features. Time travel, magic potion squirting, turbo boosters – no problem.
how to make a junk model robot
Step three: assemble your robot. Regular readers will know my girls spurn glue in favour of sticky tape every time – no way do they want to hang around waiting for glue to dry when they’d rather be playing with their creations. As you can see here, Miss L loves her sticky tape! Glue or double-sided sticky tape would make for a neater robot, so you may prefer to use these. Split pins are great if you want your robot’s arms or head to turn.

Then you’re ready to play. You can even turn yourself into a robot and spend the rest of the day walking round with stiff arms and talking in a monotone voice!

More junk modelling ideas

If you like our junk model robots then you might also like the ideas in our free ebook Glorious Junk!

happily shared with sunday showcase and craft schooling sunday and  it’s playtime


  1. says

    So inspiring, Cathy. I taught a similar lesson at an art museum I used to work at when we had a Robot exhibition. The children loved it, mostly because it’s so open-ended and up to their imaginations to determine the look of their robots. And of course, I love upcycling junk, too. Lovely.

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Thank you Rachelle – the robot class sounds fab. I just love how all the robots turned out so differently, from the biggest to the little tiny one :)

  2. says

    Love the use of sticky tape, my eldest is the same. I am constantly releasing her toys from the prison of sticky tape!! :)

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