Save your recycling for this one! Nicola from Multi Crafting Mummy is sharing a super cool Junk Art Robot that’ll have you keeping it all!
Thank you to Jamie for having us over to share our Junk Art Robot with you all. My name is Nicola and I’m mummy to Liam aged 7, Freddie aged 5 and Bella aged 2.
We love tackling arts and crafts projects together, which can be challenging, but it is (almost!) always fun.
Good preparation is key to a successful arts and crafts session involving multiple children. I always try to prepare as much of the activity ahead of time as I can and if the activity is going to get messy, I will have wipes, towels and a bowl of water all within easy reach.
The most important section of our craft supplies at home is our “Making Box.” This is literally a big cardboard box, which I keep filled with cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes, tp roll tubes, bottle tips, tin foil, bubble wrap, newspaper etc.
This comes in handy for lots of our activities. We use it a lot for “Junk Modelling.” This could be done to a set theme or I’ll just leave the kids to decide what they want to create.
Its great fun watching their little imaginations come to life, as they invent and story tell throughout the session.
The activity we are sharing with you today is a “Junk Art” exercise using supplies from our “Making Box”. “Junk Art” is similar to “Junk Modelling,” but instead of creating a 3-D figure; you stick your recyclable materials to a sheet of paper to create a 3-D collage.
How to make a Junk Art Robot
Our first job was to select which materials we wanted to use to build our robot picture. The kids messed around with different combinations of tubes, boxes and bottle tops, until they settled on what they wanted.
We used the following to make our Junk Art Robot:
- 1 paper plate
- 3 popsicle sticks
- 4 TP roll tubes
- 2 Lolly Boxes
- 1 egg carton
- 9 plastic bottle tops
- 1 sheet of tin foil
- 1 sheet of bubble wrap
We then all painted the chosen supplies with a thick coat of silver paint. Once dried, we set on assembling our robot on a long roll of easel paper, which I had laid out over the table. This meant we could all spread out around the picture and have plenty of room to work in.
First job was to glue down the large sheet of tinfoil in the center of the paper for the robot’s body and then glued on a small sheet of bubble wrap towards the top of the tin foil.
We used double sided sticky tape to attach the egg box and bottle tops onto the robot’s body.
Then glued on the tp roll arms, attaching some mini springs from a broken pen for the robot’s fingers.
Next up was the lolly box legs and tp roll feet.
Finishing up with the head, we used tape to secure 3 popsicle sticks to the back of the paper plate, before gluing this to the paper.
More bottle tops were then used for the eyes and nose, along with two googly eyes and then we used a black marker to add the mouth.
Finished Junk Art Robot
If you have enjoyed reading about this activity and you are looking for more ideas of projects to do at home together with your children, then please pop over to my blog, Multi Crafting Mummy and have a look around. Follow Nicola on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.