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Robot Bank from Project Kid

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Can you believe it’s time for school to be winding down? It won’t be long before moms will begin to hear, “I’m bored…what can I do?” This summer I plan to have a “can do” list. When we have unexpected free time or if I begin to hear “what can I do,” I’ll be prepared with ideas and the materials to make them happen.

Project Kid

One of my resources is PROJECT KID by Amanda Kingloff. It features one hundred crafts for family time along with pictures, a list of materials needed and directions. I like that a lot of the materials are things you already have around the house. 

I’m loving this robot bank featured in the book. One of the cool things about making robots is that there are so many ways to design them. That means there is a lot of room for creativity; you can make an entire army of robots and it’s still a novel experience.  Make them all into banks or simply use them as fun decorations.

Robot Bank Kid's Project

Robot Bank

What You’ll Need

  • 2 clear plastic 8-ounce cups
  • Mod Podge
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Silver and turquoise glitter
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • One 26-ounce clear plastic snack container (Archer Farms snacks from Target are sold in this size)
  • Electrical tape
  • 2 all-purpose vinyl-coated clips
  • Split flexible tubing
  • One 18-ounce oatmeal container
  • Scissors
  • Glittered craft paper
  • Tacky glue
  • 15 inches of ribbon or rickrack
  • 2-inch
  • Styrofoam ball
  • 6 cotton swabs
  • 6 pennies
  • Green and red paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black permanent marker
  • Silver cord
  • 1 sink strainer

How to Create

Project Kid Robot Bank

1. To make the robot’s legs, coat the inside of the plastic cups with Mod Podge and pour about 2 tablespoons of silver glitter into one cup. Hold the cups together, openings facing each other, and shake to distribute the glitter. Add more glitter if needed. (You might want to tape the cups together to prevent a sparkly mess.) Once the cups are dry, shake out the excess and hot-glue them to the bottom of the snack container, open end down.

Project Kid Robot Bank

2. To make the arms, use electrical tape to attach the clips to two 4-inch pieces of tubing. Hot-glue the flat ends of the tubes to the sides of the snack container.

Robot Bank

3. To make the head, cut off 5 inches from the top portion of the oatmeal container and discard the bottom section.

Robot Bank How To

4. Cut craft paper to make a 5-inch-wide-by-14-inch-long strip. (You may have to tape two pieces together.) Wrap it around the oatmeal container, and affix it with glue. Put a line of hot glue on the inside edge of the snack container opening and place the cut end of the oatmeal container into the opening; hold it in position until the glue has set. Wrap electrical tape around the “neck” to cover any messy glue line.

Here are four more of my favorites from the book…

Perhaps they’ll end up on your summer “can do” list!  Some of these projects would work well for birthday party activities, too.

1. BOTTLE ROCKET: I’m rather fond of spaceships! An orphaned sock, a cardboard tube and an empty soap bottle are the main components for a rocket that can send a boy’s imagination to outer space for the day.

2. NEWSPAPER PIRATE SHIP: This classic kid craft has been popular for ages for good reason: supplies are readily available, it’s fun to make and play with plus it looks good when it’s finished.

3. PAPER MACHE BALLOON BOWL: This project is good for shorter attention spans because it is made in stages. Just think of all the awesome things that can be stored in the finished bowl.

4. HOMEMADE MEMORY GAME: Here’s another one that can be worked on in more than one afternoon if you want. Completing a craft and having a finished game is a good project combo.

What project would you like to do this summer with your kids?

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.