Robots are a fun way to encourage kids to get into craft. Especially boys. Who may not be as easy to get interested in craft as their female counterparts.
That's not to say that girls won't find making a robot fun too.
Making a robot involves using the skills of cutting. planning the arrangement of the robot and colouring or decorating it.
Once made, this little guy can give your kid hours of fun role playing and making up space themed games.
Time: 15 minutes (this can be preparation or actual activity time)
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Cardboard (we used 2 cardboard boxes)
Pencils, textas or paint to decorate
Cut a square for the head and a square for the body out of the cardboard. Use the offcuts to shape arms and legs for your robot.
Once you have all the pieces, put them together to form the shape of your robot.
It can be tempting as a parent to jump in at this stage to help with the composition, but planning design is an important step for younger kids, so get them to take the lead as much as they are willing to, even if it does mean the robot's legs seem off-kilter.
Now you can decorate it any way you like. We used pencils, but you could easily use crayons or paints. If you wanted to get even more into it, you could use foil to decorate the robot silver.
Once the robot is made, he can be a decoration or used as a fun toy to play space themed games for hours of fun.