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!
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