Robot Building Lab

Robot Building Lab

What You'll Need:

  • Several large, empty cardboard boxes for a robot body
  • Smaller cardboard box for a robot head
  • Aluminum foil
  • Colored markers
  • Glue and duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Jar lids, empty paper towel tubes, clean empty plastic containers, etc.
  • Colored construction paper
  • Colorful, metallic or shiny objects to use as lights and buttons

At the Party:

In this activity, the children are scientists working together to build a robot. You may want to divide the children and the supplies into two groups depending on how many guests are attending the party.

  1. Let the children create a robot from the supplies you have provided.
  2. They can cover jar lids or boxes in aluminum foil, label items with markers, and tape boxes together.
  3. Try to encourage all the children to contribute something to the final creation.
  4. Allow the children to carry out their own ideas without other adults trying to influence their design choices. This is not meant to be a contest, so if two groups are working separately, avoid labeling either project the best.
  5. Set a timer for 20 minutes to keep the activity moving along.
  6. When the robot is complete, take a group photo of your scientists with their creation!

Alternative: You can let each guest create their own small robot from empty cereal boxes or shoe boxes. Collect smaller empty boxes to be used for the robots' heads. Provide the other supplies listed above for decorations to complete their robots. Let each child take his/her creation home at the end of the party.

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