Friday, March 4, 2011

Mix and Match Robot

It's been an unusual week. My daughter has been really sick. Stay in your bed for two whole days kind of sick--which is a first for her. While she was in bed for two days my two year old decided that he didn't need to nap. It was a change to spend my afternoons with my son instead of my daughter, but fun to have some one on one time together.

Last week my son informed me that he LOVES dinosaurs, pirates, and robots. I was a little surprised at his confession. I didn't know he knew much about pirates and robots, but then why wouldn't he? He's a boy. When I saw this earlier this week I thought it would be the perfect thing to make with my son during our quiet afternoon together.

First I drew out the shapes on some thin cardboard and cut them out. My son was fascinated with the whole idea of making a robot and was more than happy to sit and watch me work.

Then we painted. I got brave and let my two year old do most of it. He was SUPER excited that HE got to paint.

Once the pieces were dry we added the details with a marker.

We then put on our velcro dots.

And then our robot was ready to be put together.

This way:

Or this way:

Or even silly like this:

This project was a definite hit. And my daughter was oh-so-jealous when she woke up and saw her brothers awesome robot. I guess I know what we'll be making together once she is better.


  1. What a fun idea! It was brave of you to let your 2 year old paint! But it looks like it turned out well! :-)

  2. My boys will love this! You are super brave to let him paint! I would never dream of letting A paint!

  3. My children are going to LOVE this! Thank you for sharing!

  4. No disrespect to Joel (I think he is awesome)but yours are cuter. Can't wait to try this with my grandson.

  5. Super cute! I love that your son painted them as well, being involved in the process is sure to make this toy even more important to him.

  6. fun!! we love robots in our house!

  7. Oh my gosh! That is TOO fun!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to For the Kids Fridays! I can't wait to see what you have next week!

    :)rachel at

  8. This is a great idea! Perfect for sick little kids or even for long car rides! Thank you for sharing your idea. :)

    PS--Hope your little one is better soon! We have a sickie at home too, but he's too young to enjoy a robot.

  9. Looks like you guys had a great time!


  10. This is so awesome! I'm so glad I found your blog. I love all the fantastic ideas. I am now your newest follower.

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  11. Love it! I think you've earned yourself a spot in the features for next week! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, and for being the first one to arrive at the party!

  12. I ADORE ADORE ADORE this idea. It is just too cute and too clever and SUCH SUCH SUCH fun! Love it. Am I making clear enough yet how much I like?!?!?

    Thank you SO much for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! So fab to see you and your fab crafts there!!!


  13. Love this! I'm so doing this for my nephew's bday!

  14. What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this!

  15. Such a fun idea! I love that you let him paint the parts. Looks like a really fun travel activity toy for the car, too. Thanks for sharing.

  16. This is super cute...I have three boys and I am sure they will all love making this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Cute! I would love if you would link it up to my Made by Little Hands Monday Linky party!
    Thanks so much!

  18. Where do you buy your velcro dot?

  19. Missy-
    I get my velcro at Walmart in the sewing and craft department.

  20. Oh this is simply awesome.My little on is coincidentally into dinosaurs and robots and this is just the thing we would enjoy doing. Thank you so much for sharing the steps in detail.
    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V
    ENT Surgeon and Avid Crafter