Monday, August 28, 2017

Scrap Trash Robots!

Leisurely hours on a shaded deck during Grandma Camping days serve several purposes when the topic at hand is a crafty project or two. For one thing, the grandkids love to create. For another, they know that activity is encouraged here - paints and paper and glitter and glue always lay nearby. And for still another, a seat on a chair is grandma's welcomed landing place during a souped up week of energetic fun!

My artsy-craftsy soul renders it impossible for me to discard any humble household castoff. I see beauty and potential in each and every plastic lid, bottle cap, or spool that enters this space, hoarding all with vengeance. Those items joined scraps of wood, a choice of bonding agents, cans of silver spray paint, and the directive, "Build yourselves a robot, kiddoes!" for an hour or so of remarkable - and frugal - crafting creativity.

Craft glue, safe and perfect for smaller detailing, takes so long to dry. I manned a hot glue gun, following kids' instructions on where it needed to go.

My only other job was to watch the thoughtful creativity unfold.....

Pill bottle legs, wood block heads, paper tube arms....

Any packaging contraption works!

I loved the jet pack constructed from larger pill bottles.

Fully constructed and waiting patiently for a coating of metallic silver spray paint!

Possibly the very best part of any crafty project at grandma's - your very own can of paint!

I was impressed with the methodical way the kids built their scrap trash robots. Much attention to detail, balance, and symmetry. I attribute those skills to the problem-solving play they enjoy at home with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) toys, including Lego sets. Next time, my (unsponsored) post will share several of my own buys that found the kids building and learning with enthusiasm.

Hope to see you here!

This is the fifth (and last) in a series of Grandma Camp 2017 posts that begins right here!


  1. Now that's creative! We sold robots at my old company so I think it's really great. Such a great Grandma :)
    Stopped by via #InspireMeMonday
    ~Sherry Stahl

  2. Love those robots! Your grands did a great job. I have a small box of cast offs for creating but I need to step it up now that mine are getting older. Gonna Pin this!

  3. That is so cool! I love all your ideas and creativity! You are one awesome grandma!

  4. Wonderful fun - such creative ways to make robots. Love how you think of fabulous things for the kiddies to do. Happy week ahead my dear.

  5. Joyce these are just awesome and the look of concentration on the little builder's faces...priceless :)

  6. These robots turned out so cute. I'm sure that your grandkids loved putting them together with you. Thank you for sharing on Wonderful Wednesdays blog party.

  7. How creative! Love them :) Thank you Joyce for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

  8. Grandma Camp is the most special idea, and that is exactly how it makes your grandchildren feel... very special! You put so much into making it fun for your grandchildren and their pictures reveal how much they love it! Thank you for sharing at Party in Your PJs! Pinned and shared.

  9. Beautiful.. they did amazing job...

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  10. I do love your creative mind which translates to grandkids that can think and build outside the box. I LOVE these robots especially the pill bottle jet packs. What a hoot. I hope your grands know what a jewel you are in the grandma department. You outthink all the rest of us. You go, girl. :-)

  11. Your grandchildren are so lucky to have such a creative grandma. Thanks for sharing on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  12. It's great getting the kids involved with craft work I love doing that with my grandson. Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  13. Joyce you never cease to amaze me with your creativity. These are awesome. I'll be pinning these for a snowy day activity with the grandkids. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

  14. Hi Joyce, This post was featured on this weeks Party in Your PJs! Thank you so much for linking up! Teresa

  15. These are so much fun! I want to make some with my grandkids!! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty