Blue Robot

Kids' imaginations go into overdrive as they collect old watches, tacks, bottle caps and other castoffs and repurpose them for their own personal robots.

Completion time – 1-2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Cube, 5", two
  • Ball, 5"
  • Ball, 2"
  • 5" x 4" x 1" scrap
Other Materials
  • Acrylic craft paint: your color choice
  • Toothpicks
  • Wood pick, skewer or chopstick
  • Wooden pony beads
  • Embellishments of choice
  • Thick white craft glue



    Cut the robot pieces

    Using a serrated knife, have supervising adult cut two 2" x 5" rectangles from the 1" sheet of STYROFOAMâ„¢ brand foam. Hint: Wax knife blade with old candle or bar of soap for easier cutting.Cut 2" ball in half; cut in half again for hands and feet.Cut 5" ball in half; reserve one half for a future project. Hint: Rub the two halves together over a trashcan to sand smooth the cut sides.

    Assemble to robot

    Spread glue on ends of six toothpicks; insert into one side of 5" foam cube. Spread glue on other ends of toothpicks and on surface of cube. Insert second 5" cube onto toothpicks till it rests snugly against first cube. Using toothpicks and glue, glue 5" half ball on top of foam block tower. Glue feet (2" quarter balls) to bottom front. Glue hands (2" quarter balls) to the ends of foam rectangles. Cut chopsticks into two 3" lengths using knippers or garden clippers. Glue a pony bead to one end of each 3" piece. Let glue dry.Paint all parts using acrylic craft paint. Let paint dry thoroughly.


    Using the point of a pencil, make a hole through the center top of each arm. Thread the 3" chopstick length through the hole; the bead should face the outside of the arm. Firmly push the chopstick into the side of the robot to attach the arm. Remove, place a dot of glue in the hole and then re-insert the chopstick. Do not insert too deep or arm will not swing freely. Use your imagination to embellish the robot. Glue on glue tops, bottle caps, thumbtacks, old batteries, and discarded watches. Add "wires" using chenille stems. Partially open up a paper clip to create an antenna. Use self-adhesive mirrored paper to make objects look like metal.