This activity was eagerly anticipated by the children as soon as they saw it on the Holiday Plan, and their imaginations were already fired up and ready to go. I actually had to do very little.
First we raided the Recycle Bin for any robot components. We found plastic lids, cardboard boxes and cans.
Next we laid out our chosen materials on the dining table. C thoughtfully laid out newspaper before we got started, and I fetched scissors, PVA glue and brushes, kitchen foil, and selotape. The children also fetched their craft boxes and zippy bags (full of pom poms, pipe cleaners, scraps of patterned paper, craft foam, tissue paper, googly eyes and any other craft paraphernalia you care to imagine).
I sat next to them and worked on my own robot. I tried not to make suggestions, but every now and then gave a commentary on how I was doing something. For example I mentioned how I was cutting tabs at the ends of my toilet roll tube to make it easier to stick on, and how I was trying to stick the foil on flat before adding the face features. I also commented on how they were doing things, for example the choice C made about his robot's eyes. Here's my robot:
I love the hose coming out of the arm. I think it's so that he can put out fires. C is delighted with it. The face features apart from the eyes are done with Sharpie permanent pens. See how he's done the tabs on the toilet roll tubes too?
It's cardboard boxes are still showing through on the front. This is a design feature apparently. It is silver on the back, with feathers for a special robotic decoration.
I note that this one also has a hose. It also has an important added feature in that the head is removable. This is a design feature, so that it can get under low furniture or bridges apparently.
After our creative session the children cleared up most of their stuff, and then set about playing an elaborate game of hide and seek with their robots for the rest of the afternoon,