Art Project for Kids: Recycled Robots

Mar 7, 2014

When your craft supplies are desperately low, and it's too darn cold to run to the store, you have to come up with another plan, right? The sun may have been shining on this day, but it was bitterly cold outside. We were stuck inside with a dwindling supply of crafty things to keep us busy and I had three sets of eyes looking up at me and expecting something brilliant!

That's when we decided to raid the recycle bin, dig deep in the craft cupboards, and ransack my sewing box for scraps. We came up with armloads of things we could use. We had paper sacks, bubble wrap, fleece, paint, glue, pompoms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and bits of patterned fabric. What could we make with all these bits? The answer was simple. Robot hats! 

These were the perfect mismatched bits and pieces for such a project. So away we went to the table and got started. I cut a rectangular shaped hole in the front of the sack to allow for unhindered viewing and breathing when the children placed the paper sacks on their heads. I provided them with brightly coloured tempera paint and brushes, and they got to work straight away... 

Each of the girls painted their own sack in the colours they chose. This part of the process was so enjoyable to watch as the girls mixed their colours and designed their robot's "skin"...

We let the sacks dry while we ate our snack and then came back to the creative table armed with glue and fresh supplies. The girls glued on some eyes, and all the other little bits that they thought would make a great robot.

I wrapped a pompom in each pipe cleaner and stapled it to the top of each side of the sack for antennae.The robots were dry and ready for wearing after nap time, and boy, were they worth the wait! 

The girls put them on, and suddenly they were transported into a whole new realm of imagination. There was a lot of giggling, and much conversation...all in choppy, mechanic robot voices! Even their physical movements became jerky and mechanical. Such fun! 

Materials Used For this Activity: 
  • paper grocery sacks 
  • white glue 
  • tempera paint and brushes 
  • pompoms 
  • googly eyes 
  • pipe cleaners 
  • stapler and staples 
  • fabric scraps 
  • bits from the recycle bin (we used bubble wrap)

Article Author Arlee Greenwood
Arlee Greenwood

Arlee is an Early Childhood Educator, earning her degree at BYU Idaho. She runs a government accredited care center in her home in Red Deer, AB. She studied with the New York Institute of Photography and she owns her own photography studio. Arlee is a mother of 6, an aspiring yogi, a lover of books, bento box lunches, travel, good food and wine. She’s a blogger in her “spare time” and she will never say no to chocolate. Find her at Small Potatoes, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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