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Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman
Clink by Kelly DiPucchio
Robots Robots Everywhere by Sue Fliess
1. You Can Be a Robot!
Found items in the house (colander, foil, carboard, etc.), Robot Claw (affiliate link)
Find things around the house to create a robot costume (we used a strainer with twist ties stuck through the holes). Use the robot claw to practice being a robot. Try to pick up various items in the house or outside. What else can a robot do around this house? This was hours of dramatic play for us.
2. Stackable robots: How many ways can you stack them?
Great for building fine motor skills and we (ALL of us) like seeing what crazy ways we can stack them. They also came in handy for some imaginary play with trucks. Robots driving trucks. Somehow trucks always make it into play at our house.
Stackable Robots on Amazon (affiliate link)
3. Shape Robots
Pre-cut shapes (or if your child is old enough, they can cut shapes out too), Construction paper, Glue stick, Googly eyes
Glue the shapes onto the construction paper to create your own robot. Finish with googly eyes and use markers for any final details. You could give an example, but I prefer telling Bodhi that we’re making robots with the shapes and see what he comes up with rather than giving him any ideas with pictures. I believe that giving children some constraints helps with creativity, but I think the shapes themselves and the idea of a robot are constraints to work with.
4. The Robot Dance (slightly adapted from http://www.sarajcreations.com/2017/02/robot-dance-little-gross-motor-fun.html- We switched up the commands a little)
10-15 Popsicle sticks (or you could always just use scraps of paper but they’re not as fun to choose)
Label the popsicle sticks with robot dance moves. Here’s what we used but feel free to create your own.
-walk in a circle
-walk in a square
-jump 1 time
-jump 3 times
-take 2 steps forward
-take 3 steps backward
-take one giant step
-take one tiny step
-wave your arms
-touch your toes
Put the popsicle sticks in a cup or just hold them in your hand and let your child pick a stick. Or you can just pick them yourself if she or he is into the dancing. Read the directions and give them the command. Children follow that command while moving like a robot. You may need to demonstrate.
Some Other Activities About Robots
2. Robot sensory box: http://jadaroo.blogspot.com/2013/07/put-me-together-robot-sensory-bin.html
3. Here’s a YouTube video that’s fun to listen to and dance with as well.
4. Movie Night: Wall-E