Does your child tag along when you’re working on a wood project? Let children over the age of 8 create easy wood crafts from lumber scraps. Making a toy robot from wood will foster his creativity and make him feel like a helper with your wood project. Here’s how!
What You’ll Need:
- Wood scraps, various sizes and shapes
- Non-toxic craft paint
- A glass of water
- Paint brushes
- A paint smock
- Paper towels
- A power drill
Making a Robot:
- Let your child dig through the scrap lumber pile. Tell him to pick out small pieces of wood to make a robot. Remind him the toy will need a head, body, arms and legs.
- Help the child put on a paint smock. Place a layer of paper towels over a workspace for the child. It’s time to make the robot colorful!
- Lay the wood scraps on the paper towels. Place a palette of colorful non-toxic craft paints within reach of the child. Remind him to dip his brush in a glass of water each time he changes paint colors — or use a fresh clean brush for each color.
- After the child paints the tops and sides of the robot pieces, let them air dry. This may take up to 30 minutes. During this time, let the child pick out screws to old the robot pieces together. Suggest bright, shiny screws with over-size heads paired with washers and nuts so they look like robot parts.
- Turn all the wood scraps over, and let the child paint the backsides. Encourage the child to use several colors, draw a face on the head or even make clothes for the robot. Let your little one’s imagination run wild when making easy wood crafts.
- Let the wood pieces dry. While the paint sets, help the child wash paint from his hands and arms. Remove his paint smock and get ready to assemble the robot. An adult will use a power drill to assemble the robot with screws. The child may only watch.
- Ask the child for guidance when putting the robot together. Since the toy is the child’s creation, ask where he wants the arms and legs attached. He may have painted four legs for the toy or envisions arms sprouting from the robot’s head. After the toy is assembled, let the child show off his custom robot to his friends and family. Enjoy!
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