It's time for another Invitation To Create! This time we tackled robots, and they were SO fun to make! All of our Invitations before this one have used regular construction paper. For robots, we mixed it up and used shiny metallic paper to add a whole new level of fun! This paper craft is easy to put together, fun for your kids, great for building fine motor skills, and an awesome outlet for creativity. Here's how to put it together!
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Gather Your Materials:
- foiled cardstock (regular constuction paper would work, too)
- construction paper (for backgrounds)
- google eyes
- glue stick
- school glue
- divided tray
Prepare Your Materials
Begin by cutting the pieces for your robots. You'll need squares, rectangles, and circles in a variety of sizes. Make sure to have some teeny tiny strips for antenna and tiny squares and circles (I used a hole punch) for eyes, buttons, or antenna boppers. You can certainly use die cut machines if you want, but I personally think some of the charm in this craft is the variation in the product from handcut pieces. Settle in with your favorite TV show and get to cutting. It won't take more than 10 or 15 minutes.
Arrange your pieces in a divided tray, if you have one. It's certainly not necessary, but makes it easier to organize the pieces. Add a glue stick! You'll also need some half and quarter sheets of construction paper to be the backgrounds. I used white and black only, but you could certainly use more colors.
Start Cranking Out Robots!
Invite your children to the table for the Robot Lab. Your child will select paper pieces and glue them to the paper to make robots. With the shiny paper, I reminded Lena to try to keep the glue off of the front side of the paper since it would look gunky when it dried. She ended up using school glue for the eyes and other small pieces.
There's no "right" way to do it- let their imaginations run wild! Lena made regular robots, rolling robots, and even robot dogs. Selecting the tiny little pieces and putting them in place is great for fine motor skills. And the open-ended nature of the activity is great for creativity!
I encourage the girls to use the pieces that are available to them, but occasionally they request a few special shapes or pieces. It's a good idea to have your scissors and extra paper nearby.
You may want to model a few robots for your children if they need some inspiration. Lena made several that were exactly the same before I sat down to work alongside her. Then she saw a few different ways that she could put the pieces together and her creativity exploded!
We even made a few robots (loosely) inspired by one of our favorite movie series!
If you liked this activity, be sure to check out my other Invitations To Create where I'll show you how to cut your paper and get set up for:
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