I’m very pleased to introduce some blogging friends of mine to you. Over the next couple of months they will be visiting here to share some fun ideas. First up is Asia who writes the fabulous blog Fun At Home with Kids. It’s a new blog that’s already full of great ideas. I know you’ll want to pop on over after you see these fun recycled robots!
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I’ve seen these tin can robots a few times online, and when I went to Lowe’s to pick up safety goggles and a hammer for S for her plaster excavation, I was surprised to find how inexpensive nuts, bolts, and washers were!
For just a few dollars I was able to get a variety of robot hardware. Next up, I bought some round magnets.
We grabbed some googly eyes (Dollar Store!) and pipe cleaners from our stash in the Art Room, my hot glue gun, and a hammer and nail.
I wanted the robots to have crazy hair and I’m always looking for ways to use pipe cleaners (we have an astronomical number of pipe cleaners we’ve accumulated through gifts from relatives) so it seemed like a perfect fit!
I used the hammer and nail to poke holes to fit some brightly colored pipe cleaner hair.
For the plastic caps, we needed to use glue (we talked about why the magnet wouldn’t work on plastic). I also made some magnetic googly eyes by gluing on magnets.
We discovered that the magnets were strong enough to hold on to the metal centers of pipecleaners, so we could make mustaches and smiles!
I am a SAHM mom to two young kids: X (an infant) and S (a preschooler). Before becoming a full-time mom, I was a science teacher and ran my own tutoring business. As a former science teacher, I know how important it is for kids to be able to explore and ask questions about the world around them. I also place a high value on creativity and being able to “think outside the box”. For that reason, I strive to engage my children in open-ended play that encourages exploration and fosters their creativity. I try to choose activities that aren’t cost prohibitive, so that anyone could do them at home with their children.