These robots are done as a culminating activity to our Solid Shapes math lessons. I ask students to start bringing in their paper tubes about one week in advance. The Remind App is great for this sort of thing, by the way.
I love the way the silver Tempera paint looks on these cute robots. I give the students a choice of three paint colors. Students paint their tubes the day before. I write the student's name inside the tube.
I was sorry I didn't snap more pics of these robots because they really did turn our DARLING! Taking pictures is just difficult to do while you're teaching! (We are still working on that). Hopefully this how-to post will show you just how simple these cylinder robots are to make with your class.
On the day of robot assembly I sit all of the students down on the rug and show them all of the materials they will use to decorate their robot. I then show them how they will apply glue on the face and buttons. I show them how to use a marker to draw the face. And I show them how they will choose a pipe cleaner and poke it through the pre-made holes (I do this ahead of time using the pointy side of the scissors). The cone hats are made ahead of time by me in two different colors and they get to choose. I used a piece of scotch tape to keep the hat in place. If you look closely at the photo below, you will see the tape on the left side. Giving students all of the directions ahead of time along with a demonstration will force the students to recall the directions. This is a great mental exercise. Of course, I am always walking around ready to assist, if anyone needs it.
A possible extension to this activity could be for the students to name their robot and complete the frame sentence: My robot's name is __________. She (or he) likes to __________. This is the type of activity I have done with my kindergarten students in years past. These TK students could only handle naming their robot and sharing the name with their rug partner. And that was great!
Nothing like a little kid art to spoof up our classroom windows! These were inspired by Kinder Craze and I love how they turned out! It may be my new thing. She used clear contact paper but my teacher budget had to find another medium. And laminating film was it!
First I gave them a section of clear lamination (already laminated). I tried this because I wanted the apple to be thick and sturdy. I then had the students choose either a green or red apple cut-out. They used a glue stick to glue it onto the plastic. Second, they glued tissue paper squares inside the apple cut-out. It was interesting that very few students chose to fill up the space. They were very hesitant about working on the plastic. This was new to them and I think they were just unsure about the process. For this reason, I definatly plan to use the laminated plastic again in future projects.
I then gave them a piece of brown construction paper and a piece of green construction paper. We've been talking about apples and observing apples so they were familiar with the vocabulary: stem and leaf. I showed them how to cut out a stem and leaf for their apple. This was a huge task for many of them. I think they are still unsure about their cutting skills and being asked to draw and cut out a leaf all by themselves put a few over the edge. I encouraged them but would not do it for them. So a few chose not to include a leaf. And that was fine with me. Maybe next time....
(Remember, this is a Transitional Kindergarten class and many of them are still 4 years old)
The apples dried during lunch time and later my aide ran them through the laminating machine. She said they laminated smoothly. I was afraid pieces would be falling off or wrinkling up, but no! After school I gave them a quick rough cut and slapped them on the window with double-sided tape. Piece of cake!
This is not the best picture because of the light, but these apples really do beautify our windows!
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