I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was doing a post for Ginger snap crafts, which is a totally rad blog that you should go and check out, lots of craft stuff, with a healthy dose of kids stuff too. Anyway, as it’s been nearly a fortnight, I thought I’d post it here in case you didn’t catch it there.
Hello Ladies. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself:) When Ginger introduced the guest posters and included myself with “And even a guy” it made me laugh. Truth is that most of the cool stuff for kids seems to come from the ladies. Anyway, my names Pete. I’m a father of two rad boys (aged 2 and 4) and the very lucky husband of their mum. I post over at Say Noodle about kids stuff, creativity, cardboard and making toys, we love cardboard. You should swing by, we could totally hang out, it’ll be awesome!
When Ginger asked the date we’d like to post, I specifically asked for my post to be around now as I had a few looming project deliveries at work and wanted to make sure I had the capacity to write something good. In the mean time I decided to quit my Job, change EVERYTHING and move my family half way across the country (Australia, pretty big country) to a small coastal town for what you can quite literally call a “Sea Change” whilst still delivering on aforementioned projects. So you might say, I’m currently stretched to capacity. That said, It’s going to be AWESOME and I’m crazy excited about my post so after that long winded, rambling introduction, let’s make something.
I love robots, my boys love robots and we love making them together. This time though, I made it in the evening so they’ll have a surprise in the morning. Which is gonna be rad, until they realise I only made one. Can’t believe I’ve only made one. This can’t possibly end well:)
For this particular robot, I want to have a door on the front so we can take a look under the hood and see what makes our robot tick.
Cut out three squares for the body. Two from your corrugated board and one from your cereal box board. When cutting the cereal box, I cut over one of the corner folds. This will be the hinge for our door later.
Now cut a square hole out of the middle of one of your corrugated pieces.
Use that hole to act as a template for cutting out your door an cut three sides coming out from the fold in the cereal board, leaving the fold to act as your hinge.
Now, you’ve done the bulk of the work (yay) These pieces will make a body, with a cavity for the workings and a front door. Boom!
Cut out rectangles for your arms, legs and head from the cereal board. Then cut out some more pieces to stick inside the robots tummy. I cut out a circle that will spin. You might do cogs (Cogs are tricky:) or some square buttons or something.
Now that you have all your pieces, we can start assembling this robot.
This post seems really wordy but from end to end but the robot probably only took a 20-30 mins to make and I’m really happy with the end result, Hop you enjoyed it too. Let’s hope the little men are hapy to share.