Make a robot
Robot-mad boys and girls will love this easy project. It will also provide weeks of imaginative play afterwards…

Difficulty: *****
Preparation time: *****
Cleanup: ***
Activity time: weeks or even months of play


  • 1 500 x 400 x 800mm box
  • knife
  • thick tape
  • glue
  • Prestik
  • tinfoil
  • heavy duty Wondercover (available at hardware stores)
  • two swimming pool pipes of about 1m each
  • one coloured light bulb
  • four empty toilet paper rolls
  • brightly coloured plastic washing line
  • one can bright silver spray paint
  • one sheet soft sponge plastic (usually used as packing material)
  • one thick black permanent marker
  • one black sponge
  • black non-slip stickers in squares and circles


Cut a hole into the top of the box through which you will be able to see your toddler’s face while he holds the box at the bottom. Cut two round holes on the sides for the pipes to fi t through neatly, but don’t put them in yet. Close the top “fl aps” up with tape. Cover the whole box with tinfoil and stick a piece of Wondercover (it’s sticky) over the lower half of the box.

Spray paint the toilet rolls and plastic pipes with the bright silver and let it dry. Insert the pipes into the holes and stick in position with tape. Also spray the black sponge with the bright silver, just to give it a shimmer. Cut a piece of washing line so that it is just shorter than the width of the box. Use the glue or tape to stick the four toilet rolls two-two on top of each other, creating two long ones.

Make a hole on the top end of each and thread the washing line through, making a knot in the middle to keep it in position. 

Paste the fi nal product on top of the robot like little horns. Use a large piece of Prestik, and paste the light bulb in the middle of the robot’s head. Make a screen and keypad with the soft sponge plastic and the square non-slip stickers.

Draw a graph on the screen and give the robot a number. Use the sponge and the round stickers to make a switch, and stick it onto the robot’s body.


Make two robots for hours of fun when your tot has a playdate. Or put it on Dad for a game of robot-robot. 

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