Crafts for Kids: Robot crafts for boys and girls

I often hear that it’s hard to find craft ideas for boys – why is that? During this two-week series on crafts for kids, I’ll share craft projects for boys and girls. Like today’s Robot Family, complete with a little Robo-Dog. I think boys and girls will agree that these are kind of fun to make, especially when painted in favorite colors. Blue? Sure! Pink? Why not? Check out our Rockin’ Robot video, too, for more craft ideas for boys and girls.

Robot crafts for kids. This site has tons of fun ideas for crafting with kids and for group crafts, too.

Designer Dondi Richardson made the Robot Family.

DIY a cute Robo-Dog for a Robot Family.

Every Robot Family needs a Robo-Dog!

A couple of pointers:

  • Caution: These projects use a plastic knife for cutting, and may also use a low-temp glue gun. Always closely supervise children when crafting, and especially if using a plastic knife or low-temp glue gun.
  • Painting: Here’s a hint for painting small pieces. Place the pieces in a zip-top bag, add paint, zip the bag closed, and smoosh parts around till they’re covered. Remove shapes with skewers and let dry.
  • Check out more tips for crafting with kids on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

To make a Blue Robot, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: One each 3” and 2-1/2”; two each 1-1/2” and 1”; and three 1-1/4”
    • Eggs: Three 2”
  • Acrylic craft paint, blue
  • Wiggle eyes, 15mm
  • Chenille stems, blue and silver
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Plastic knife; wooden skewers or toothpicks; scissors; paint brush
Easy-to-follow tutorial for making robots with kids.

Paint your robot blue, pink, or any color you choose.

To make a Blue Robot:

1. Using the plastic knife, cut in half the 2” egg for the feet. Cut in half one, 1-1/4” ball for the hands.

2. Insert wood skewers or toothpicks into all of the foam pieces and use skewers as a handle while painting. Paint all pieces blue. Place wood skewers into a glass or tall jar while paint dries. (For an alternate painting method, check out the Painting tip above.)

3. Assemble the body:

  • Head: Insert a 1-1/2” length of chenille stem halfway into the 2-1/2” ball head. Add glue and insert the other end into the 3” ball body.
  • Arms: Thread a 1-1/4” half ball, a 1” ball and a 1-1/2” ball onto a chenille stem. Trim stem, leaving 1” tail. Insert and glue arm to body.
  • Legs: Thread a 2” half egg, cut side down, a 1.5” ball and a 2” egg (narrow end first) onto a chenille stem. Trim stem, leaving a 1” tail. Insert and glue leg to body.

4. Glue on wiggle eyes. Cut a small piece of chenille stem for the mouth and glue in place.  Cut and bend pieces of chenille stem for the antenna and insert and glue in place.

To make a Yellow Robot, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: One 2-1/2”; four 1-1/2”; and six 1”
    • Cone: 6”
    • Egg: 2”
  • Acrylic craft paint, yellow
  • Wiggle eyes, 15mm
  • Chenille stems: Silver, blue
  • Thick white craft glue or Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Plastic knife; toothpicks or wood skewers; stiff paintbrush; scissors
Cute robot crafts for kids on Crafts 'n Coffee!

Decorate your robot with chenille stems, buttons, beads, thumbtacks, and other found objects.

To make a Yellow Robot:

1. Cut the 2” egg in half for the feet.

2. Insert a toothpick or wood skewer into each piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle. Paint each piece yellow; insert toothpick or wood pick into a scrap piece of foam while paint dries. (For an alternate painting method, check out the Painting tip above.)

3. Assemble the robot:

  • Head: Insert and glue a 2-1/2” chenille stem into the 2-1/2” ball; insert and glue the other end into the narrow end of the cone.
  • Arms: Thread three, 1” balls onto a chenille stem; leave about ¼” between each ball. Trim stem, leaving a 1” tail. Insert and glue into body. Repeat for the second arm.
  • Legs: Thread a 2” half egg, cut side down, and two 1-1/2” balls onto a chenille stem. Leave about 1/2” between the balls. Trim stem, leaving a 1” tail. Insert and glue leg to bottom of foam cone. Repeat for second leg.

4. Glue eyes in place. Shape mouth and antenna from chenille stem and glue in place. Add any other embellishments you’d like.

To make a Green Robo-Dog, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 2-1/2” and 1-1/2” balls; and nine 1” balls
  • Acrylic craft paint, green
  • Chenille stems, silver
  • Black beads (eyes)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; toothpicks
DIY a cute Robo-Dog for a Robot Family.

A robot’s best friend.

To make a Green Robo-Dog:

1. Firmly roll the 2.5” ball on a tabletop to create a flat “belt” around the ball. This will be the body.

2. Paint the balls green. Insert a toothpick into each ball to use as a handle while you paint. When done, insert the toothpick into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam while the paint dries. (For an alternate painting method, check out the Painting tip above.)

3. Assemble the dog:

  • Legs: Thread two, 1” balls onto a 3” chenille stem. Insert and glue chenille stem into the body.
  • Head: Insert and glue a 2” chenille stem into the 1-1/2” ball. Insert and glue the other end of the chenille stem into the body.
  • Tail: Insert and glue a 3” chenille stem in a 1” ball; insert and glue the other end into the body.

4. Form mouth, ears and antenna from chenille stems. Insert and glue to head.

5. Glue on black beads for eyes.

I’m curious – do the boys in your family like to craft? What are some of your favorite crafts for boys?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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  4. How fun! My kiddos love robots! :)

    • Sharon says:

      I hope they love making these robots, too, Brittany. The best crafts for kids let them take an idea and run with it, so enjoy the ride! Sharon

  5. Katiria says:

    My husband is McGuyver! If something’s broken he’ll use what he’s got make it work. My son is very creative and he went through his robot phase about 2 years ago when I had to make him a Transformers costume for Halloween. He likes to build little machines out of Legos and pretend that they do awesome things like shred rocks into powder and zap flies.
    I like crafts that can stand up to the smashing and thrashing of a little boy.

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