Simple Robotics Projects to do at Home!

Hey mums and dads — remember Rosie the robot maid on the Jetsons? How about the lovable curious robot from the movie Short Circuit? You may have been an R2D2 or C3PO robot for a costume party or even designed a basic robot in school.

Fast forward – now when you hear about robotics as an adult, it’s probably a new medical robotic tool or a specialised piece for a plane or vehicle. Scientists and engineers are building robots in virtually every industry, yet the concept of robots is so fascinating that it continues to capture the hearts and minds of children across the globe.

Robotics are gaining popularity at schools. In a desire to grow STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, more parents are signing kids up for after-school activities like robotics classes and programs at BRICKS 4 KIDZ. And just like back in your day, kids today are trying to build robots in their very own bedrooms.

You can enhance your child’s interest in robots with some simple robotics projects at home. This list will direct you to a robot that will help teach your child simple mechanics while boosting math and engineering skills. It’s a fantastic place to start if you and your child are both robotic newbies.

It’s so much fun to collect the bits and pieces and then watch the project come together. Your child is guaranteed to be thrilled! Don’t be surprised if you get addicted to robotics too. What better way to spend time together than to build something amazing?

Here are three projects to help you and your child learn robotics basics!

Bristlebots

Bristlebots are simple robots that require few supplies so they are ideal for novice robot enthusiasts. Plus, this project shows children ingenuity in everyday objects since this bristlebot moves across any flat surface using the head of a toothbrush! Check out this video to make one that won’t tip over.

Colouring robot

Think art and science don’t blend? This robot will prove you wrong. Using a plastic cup, markers, and some basic robotic supplies, you can create a cool robot that colours fun and crazy designs when in action. Get instructions and let your child’s inner artistic engineer shine.

Robotic arm

Looking for a low-tech robotic project? This robotic arm requires no batteries, wires or electronic supplies. Using primarily paddle pop sticks, your child will create an extendable arm that’s super fun for grabbing toys (and maybe the occasional younger sibling). This video breaks down the simple steps in just a few minutes.

After you’ve completed your first robotic project at home, build on the momentum. Grow the excitement by exploring more projects online, or better yet, sign your child up for a robotics workshop at BRICKS 4 KIDZ – where robotic fun comes to life!

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