Kids find robots fascinating. Creating a robot is a bit like creating your own toy; it lets children dream and use their imagination.
Creating a giant robot is best done as a team activity.
Here is what you need to make a giant robot :
- cardboard boxes
- cardboard tubes
- lots of recycled materials for decorating (bottle caps, corks, etc)
It’s better to work as a team to create a giant robot because one child alone may be overwhelmed by the size of this project.
Teamwork also has the advantage of teaching many things :
- sharing ideas and knowledge
- obeying rules
- respecting the others members of the team
- verbalizing your ideas clearly
- listening to the other team members
- sharing the work fairly.
In addition, working as a team stimulates everyone’s creativity.
The giant robot that you see here was created as part of a special project for Canada’s Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.
Encourage the kids to come up with their own interpretation of what a robot should look like. There is no wrong answer : all robots built by the children will be beautiful!