Posted by ACTIVEkids on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Give your child a quick lesson in engineering, electricity and creativity through this simple arts and crafts project. We’ve included step-by-step instructions on how to help your kid build their very own ColorBot—an electric robot that makes fun designs by wiggling around. Just watch the video above and follow these simple instructions to keep your kids entertained and using their minds.
- Wear goggles to protect your eyes from flying parts.
- Wear long hair pulled back so it doesn’t get caught in the rotating parts.
- Have adult supervision handle scissors and make sure no one gets shocked.
|Safety Goggles||Popsicle Sticks|
|Red Plastic Cup||Electrical Tape|
|Medium Binder Clip||Sharpie|
|3 Washable Markers||Goggly Eyes|
|2 AAA Batteries||DC Motor|
| Red and Black Electrical Wires |
|Battery Holder for |
two AAA Batteries
- Draw the mouth and nose on the plastic cup, which will be your ColorBot's body. Add as many googly eyes as you wish.
- With the help of an adult, attach the electrical wires to the battery holder and to the DC motor.
- Tape the battery holder and motor to the bottom of the cup, which is actually the top of your ColorBot.
- Have a parent poke a small hole in the center of a popsicle stick.
- Slide the popsicle stick on top of the DC motor and tape in place.
- Secure the popsicle stick to the top of the motor with a binder clip.
- Tape the three markers--which will act as your ColorBot's legs--inside the cup, spaced evenly to form a triangle. These can also be crayons or colored pencils. Feel free to paint or decorate your ColorBot however you want.
- Remove the marker lids and place the ColorBot on a blank sheet of paper. Be sure your goggles are in place before the next step.
- Insert both AAA batteries into the battery holder, being careful of the spinning propeller.
- Play with your weights and your ColorBot's balance to make fun designs and dances.
- We'd love to see your ColorBots! Use the hashtag #myACTIVEkid or #myACTIVEkids when uploading your pictures and videos to social.
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