Toy Robot


  • Box or oatmeal container from your recycling, one per child
  • Paint, brush, water cup

Optional materials

  • If you use a pasta box or something else that has a little see-through window in it, it kinda adds to the robot verisimilitude.
  • Washi tape
  • Ripped out magazine pages
  • Gluestick
  • Stickers


Find a place where it’s okay if a little water or paint spills.


  • They paint their box to their heart’s content.
  • While the paint is drying, you can cut four thin (1/2″) strips from a magazine page.
  • Show them how to use the folding technique you used to use for straw wrappers in restaurants when you were a kid.
Remember folding your straw wrappers this way?
  • Secure both ends of the paper creations with a dab of glue.
  • These can become boppers, antennae, or arms.

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