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Recycled Robot

Recycled Robots

This activity stirs the imagination of kids of all ages. Before starting I found it helpful to have a talk about what powers your robot-this inspired kids to create all kinds of interesting devices to make their robot “work”-whether it was plant energy or bubble jets under the sea. Let this guide you in putting out materials to use. Some of the things we put out were small boxes (mini cereal or match boxes for the interior of the robot), old keys, clogs, straws, small plastic toys, beads, metal pot scrubbers for the hair, google eyes and all kinds cardboard scraps. We painted our cardboard first and then I had the kids design their robot on that first before I glued everything down with the glue gun. The basics for what you need are: 

A small panel of recycled cardboard to glue your robot on, small boxes for the body and head for the robot, robot-y bits and pieces (aforementioned)and a glue gun.

Posted on February 26, 2018 .

Ink blot bugs

This is good activity for all age groups-from toddlers to adults because its always a thrill to see what happens when you unfold your paper. You will need:
4-5 eye droppers, acrylic paint or liquid watercolours, standard white paper, scissors, glue heavier card stock and transparent papers (optional)

First fold a bunch of the white paper in half. Then in several small cups, dilute the paint until it can be pulled up easily with the eyedropper while still staying vibrant. Runny is no good, the paint has to have flow-y yet have blobby consistency. Mix the colours well for each cup and place an eyedropper in each one, explaining that this dropper is just for this colour. Open your paper and with your eyedropper draw out a bug in lines and blobs on one side of the paper only. Include insect details like antennae and spots.The coolest bugs we made had both light and dark colours next to one another. Draw out your bug in careful blobs and lines without using too much paint. When you are ready, squish your bug by folding the dry side onto the wet side and open to reveal your pattern. Make 3-4 at a go, because it will take about 30-45 min for them to dry. After that you can stick them on the heavier card stock if you chose (looks nice with a 1/2 inch edge on it) or just get out the scissors to cut out your bug and add legs and transparent wings or any small details. 

Natural brushes and process painting


Natural brushes


This activity has it all. Its interactive, as kids will search for their own materials to make the brushes. It engages them in a way that is immediate and very freeing and it encourages them to be curious about all kinds of mark-marking. Here’s what you’ll need:

Some long-ish sticksfrom the forest/park 

sturdy string

roll of paper, any color

ink or acrylic paint

small buckets/bowls for the paint

a large open space, preferably outside


If inside, tape down your paper, kids should be able to paint from all sides. If outside, weight your paper down with small stones on the corners.

Gather some long,straight sticks and put them in a pile. Together, search the outdoors for natural elements that you could tie to the end of your sticks that you think might make an interesting mark- pick things that leave wispy, feathery marks and things that will leave more blobby, thing-like marks. Some things we tried were: feathers, berries (still attached to their branch), pine tips, small bouquets of flowers,etc. Cut yourself a length of string that will allow you to wrap it around the stick quite a few times. As you are wrapping it, keep some tension as you want to give it them as sturdy a base as you can.  If its a bunch of things, like berries or flowers, try to thread your string through a few times to give it more even stability. Tie a knot and the brushes are ready.

Between 1-3 pots of color is enough to work with-try to encourage painters mot to double-dip colorsas this makes the colors muddy faster. Other than that-let them go for it.

Note: The only real drawback to doing this inside is how much kids love to splatter with their brushes so…just something to keep in mind.

Posted on April 13, 2017 .