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Catherine Romano blogs about crafty projects for kids and parents


My two-and-a-half-year-old son loves trains — playing with toy trains, riding trains, reading about trains and building trains.  However, he recently began to show interest in robots and suggested I make a robot for my new Make It! post. We began the creative process by going on a little scavenger hunt around our apartment for our robot-making-materials. Take a look.


  • Recycled boxes from various household items
  • Coloured construction paper
  • Coloured foam sheets
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue

1. Wrap the recycled boxes in construction paper
2. Begin to build the robot body – head, neck, torso, arms, legs
3.  Add details – face, hands, feet, and a control panel


  • If you want your robot to stand, consider the size of your boxes and how they will balance in a vertical position before gluing pieces together
  • Take a look at a few robot images before you start. This will be a good source of inspiration and give you a sense of the details you can add to the robot body
  • According to my boy, every robot MUST have a control panel. Just saying.

Catherine Romano moved back to Toronto from New York City. For more art and design, check out sweet spectacle and follow her @catromano.

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