Super fun robot activities to try with the kids today. They’d be great for a preschool robot theme, summer camp, or just because.
It’s always fun for me to find out my students (or my son) are interested in a theme I’ve never taught before. This was the case the first time I realized my preschool kiddos were fascinated by all things robots. So of course I went looking for engaging, fun ideas to integrate into the units.
In addition to creating my own robot-themed activities, I found some wonderful ideas online. If you’re planning your own robot theme, these ideas are surely for you.
Are you following Fun-A-Day’s Mr. Roboto Pinterest board?
Our Favorite Robot Activities for Kids
Use tin cans and craft supplies to make magnetic robots.
My preschoolers had a blast making (and unmaking) these robots!
Help kids create their own robot dress up “clothes”.
My students had fun creating robot vests, then acting out how they were as robots! Danya Banya has a different take on robot dress up here, and Learn with Play at Home made an awesome robot helmet here.
Let the children manipulate robot hardware (nuts and bolts).
We had nuts and bolts out for over a week, and the kiddos never tired of them.
Create a sparkly robot craft with metallic shapes.
The preschoolers let their creativity shine with this shiny robot craft. No Time for Flashcards has a sparkly, magnetic robot craft here.
Let the children paint with gears.
Process art with a robotic twist. We had way too much fun with this one!
Make an alphabet sensory jar robot.
Explore matching uppercase and lowercase letters with this hands-on, weighted discovery bottle.
Set up a robot sensory tray for writing numbers
Grab the free printable number cards while you’re reading about the sensory tray!
Even More Ideas for a Robot Theme
Explore simple circuits while discussing the inner workings of robots.
Making Boys Men shows how electricity works with hands-on fun.
Learn how to balance a paper robot on your finger (or a stick . . . or your nose!).
I love how Buggy and Buddy integrates a science experiment with her colorful robots.
Make a tiny, working robot with spare parts.
Red Ted Art explains how to turn the head of a toothbrush into a real, working robot.
Make a paper robot and teach him to “climb” a string.
Housing a Forest combines science and art in one fell swoop!
Delve into gears and create a movable robot craft.
Teach Preschool links a fun robot book to movable gears, then lets her students make their own movable robot art.
Help children learn their numbers with robot stickers.
I like how I Can Teach My Child integrates fine motor skills with math in this simple, but very meaningful, activity.
Use recyclables to make a life-size magnetic robot.
This kid-size magnetic robot from Fun at Home with Kids looks like so much fun. I’m going to have to try this with Engineer sometime over the summer!
Create a movable Shrinky Dink robot.
What an awesome robot art idea from Lalymom!
Make some robot marshmallows as a treat.
Robot lovers with a sweet tooth will enjoying making (and eating) this creation from The Celebration Shoppe.
Have some math fun with this roll-a-robot activity.
My students have always loved a good dice game, and Seven Thirty Three’s addition of a robot makes it even better!
Create a robot activity board for the young kiddos to manipulate.
What kiddo doesn’t enjoy latching bolts and playing with light switches?! Learning at Home is onto something here!
I hope these robot activities have inspired you to host a robot summer camp! If you try any of the ideas here, I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Feel free to share any of your favorite robot activities here, too!
More Robot-Themed Fun
- Tuesday – Bug Themed Activities for Kids from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
- Wednesday – Around the World from All Done Monkey
- Thursday – Animal Activities and Snacks from Inspired By Family
- Friday – Ocean and Beach Themed Activities for Kids from Mamas Like Me
- Saturday – Nature Themed Activities for Kids from House of Burke
- Sunday is a Circus Themed Activities from Sugar Aunts
Materials for Robot Activities
Now that you’ve got so many ideas for robot activities in your classroom, you will need to stock up on supplies. So, I created a list of some really amazing materials that will be super useful when doing a robot theme. Check it out below.
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- Large nuts and bolts
- Aluminum foil
- Slinkies or springs
- Recycled cans
- Recycled boxes
- Other recycled materials
- Circuitry set
- Googly eyes
- Screws with flat ends
- Children’s gears
This list is a great starting point for all your robot-themed activities. And if has my all-time favorite thing to use in any preschool activity – recycled materials!
What are your favorite supplies to use in preschool? Let me know in the comments below.
Robot-Themed Preschool Lesson Plans
If you have some robot-lovin’ preschoolers, take a look at these plans for the preschool classroom and home preschool families. Each set has a week’s worth of lesson plans, full of hands-on learning activities about robots. There’s science, literacy, math, and more planned for the week, with ideas that kids can do in various grouping sizes. The plans also come with a book list, activity explanations, and printables that correspond with the hands-on plans.