Kids Get Crafty – Robot Cards & The Robot & The Blue Bird

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Remember our robots from a few weeks back? Well, Red Ted now ADORES robots, so when we needed some more thank you cards, I thought these could be a nice easy craft for him. The key for this age group (3yrs) is to help them see what the “end result” will look like, so I find, cutting everything out and laying it in front of him, helps him see where things go. With older children, they can do all the cutting themselves!

The Book – More robots!

The Robot and the BluebirdThe Robot and the Blue Bird.

If you are familiar with the Oscar Wilde Tale of the Happy Prince, then you will either love or hate this book: Love: as it is a “modern take” on the Happy Prince. Hate: as you may perfer the traditional approach. Either way, like the orginal story, it is a story of friendship, love and sacrifice. A story to provoke thought and discussion with younger children. The Robot (Happy Prince) is old, rusty and has no heart. He is on his last legs on the scrap heap when a little blue bird lands on him and cannot go further. The Robot provides shelter where his heart should be. This gives him the energy to walk to the south, where it is warm enough for the little bird. Once there, he exhausts himself and dies. He stands there to this day.

The Craft

Very straight forward – with some card, googly eyes and sequins we made our robots.

Materials:  Card stock for final card, corrugated card (or similar, eg you could use some foil) for body, card for head, arms and legs, googly eyes, sequins (or similar) for buttons, glue, scissors.

1) I lay everything out so Red Ted could see where things go and then he got sticking. Interestingly the arms turned into legs and the legs into arms. No matter. I made enough for four cards. Red Ted only wanted to make 3. Fine.

2) Stick card

3) Stick googly eyes

4) Stick sequins (we used our “chuck them all on top technique)

5) Sit back and admire your work!