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Robot Racers

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Watch your child transform the “junk drawer” into an accessorized robot that can go-go-go!
Watch your child transform the “junk drawer” into an accessorized robot that can go-go-go!
What You’ll Need
  • Empty tissue boxes with tops cut off

  • Duct tape or foil

  • Tape

  • Wiggle eyes*

  • Chenille stems

  • Stickers

  • Tennis balls

What to Do

1. Cover the boxes with duct tape or foil on all sides

2. With the open end facing down, decorate the boxes to make robots.

3. Place a tennis ball inside each robot.

4. Race the robots! Cardboard and blocks work great as a ramp for the racers to slide down.

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Want to see your child’s imagination gears turning? Encourage pretend play by using cardboard or construction paper to make a separate control board for the robot. Add miscellaneous craft supplies to create switches, timers, and knobs.

Older kids: Make this a learning activity, too! Mark how far the robot rolled, then use a measuring stick to quantify the distance. You can also let them explore how altering the ramp angle produces different results. The steeper the slope, the speedier the robot!

*Reminder: Small materials, such as wiggle eyes, can be a choking hazard for small children, so close adult supervision is a must.

Thinking about your child’s school curriculum, how do you view the current quality and quantity of STEM offerings (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Please select one of the following:

Parents Talk Back
Thinking about your child’s school curriculum, how do you view the current quality and quantity of STEM offerings (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Please select one of the following:
There is not enough emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.
54% (19 votes)
There are an appropriate number of offerings in science, technology, engineering, and math.
20% (7 votes)
There is too much emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.
9% (3 votes)
Not sure.
17% (6 votes)
Total votes: 35