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Learn how to make a robot costume from take-away coffee trays, egg cartons and cardboard. For children's fancy dress, Halloween ...
Costumes or for play - use in your classroom.
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How to Make a Robot Costume
Hi, today I’m going to show you how you can make a really cool fun robot costume for the kids in your center. You can make one for each of them or just one to decorate your center with. So there are a couple of things we need for this. Firstly, you will need to collect some of these, these are cardboard coffee trays, and you can get them every time you order take away coffee. You can ask your café if they can donate a couple to your center or just collect them overtime every time you order coffees.
Secondly you will need to print out this robot body; you can find the template for this on our website under the template section, Art and Craft tools. You will need two empty egg cartons, a whole punch, some non toxic children’s glue and a paint brush or something to apply the glue with. Some cut out hand painting and a few ways to decorating your robot so whatever materials you have to use, you can use stickers, you can use the glow in the dark stars. What I’ve done here is I’ve cut out a lot of little stars and again you’ll find these on the templates on our website. You can go and cut around some stars. I’ve printed this onto some shiny metallic silk paper which is really cool; it goes with our robot theme. So you can do that, one of the stars I’ve attached to a little rectangle and I’m going to show you why when we get started making our robot.
You will need to have your children in your center paint, so once you get done with all the bits and pieces you can hand it over to them and let them paint away to their hearts content. You need to paint the top of this coffee tray as well as the body and also the egg cartons and then of course you want to do some hand painting so that you got this little hand prints to come around. So once all the painting is dry, I’ll show you why we need this bits and pieces. This is going to be robots eyes; doesn’t it make a great mask? We’re going to take the body, this goes this way, he’s our painted guy, and we’re just going to fold these two bits in and make them perfectly on a two cup bucket tray just like that. So I’m going to staple those parts together, you can also use the non toxic children’s glue for this part now if you really like to use staples in the center.
So this is pretty easy, in fact the eyes on the body are already done, so we’re just going to decorate the body of the robot to start with. I’ll show you why we need this attached to the rectangle. You’re just going to fold down like that about halfway through, fold it down to one side and we’re going to place it and glue it to the middle part in between the eyes. I’ll actually use a staple because that will save us some time but its better if you use glue on that part there. Then we’re going to decorate our robot, so you hand this over to the kids and let them start gluing or sticking it with their stickers to their little hearts content. I’m just going to squeeze out some glue here, okay, I need a little bit more glue, this one’s leg is just poking out there, and a little bit of glue on this guy here, stick that there.
This really is so cool; I’m really excited to be making this one. If you decide to help each child to make one of these as a take home, the parents are going to love it, I can just see dads playing dress up robots all day when they take this home. So this is what we’ve got so far, we’ve got the robots eye and the body, all decorated with stars, doesn’t it look cool? And now we’re going to stick on—this are our arm pieces right, so we’re just going to actually attach this ones while that’s drying. We’re going to attach the hand print, so you just open up the egg carton and face it out and then we’re simply just going to staple that together. Again you can use glue for that if you prefer, so that’s one and then we’re going to use the other one. Okay and that’s the other one, so you’ll notice there are some holes in the bottom of the egg carton and that is perfect because what you want to do is kind of hole punch the other side and then we’ll just put some string. We’re just going to tie that around so that it actually makes the arm—so we’re just going to hole punch that side and squeeze that under the hole puncher. There we go and you want two holes that correlate on the same spot as well.
Okay and that is as easy as it is to make this really cute robot, so here is his face and then here are his two arms. And the kids are just going to have a ball running around and playing R2D2 with that robot costume.