Are your kids fascinated with robots? There’s something about them that kids are naturally curious about, so it’s fun to use a robot theme for preschool or at home. We recently put together a full week of robot-inspired lesson plans, and this robot play dough invitation is one of the activities we developed for the theme. It’s a great activity for the classroom or home.
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In addition to the materials above I set out some rolling play dough cutters so the kids could cut their robots into any shape they wanted. We also used aluminum foil as our work mats for this invitation for a little extra robot-inspired twist. You can tape the corners of the foil down to keep it from moving too much, or you could also use silver cookie sheets instead.
I thought the girls would make 3D standing robots, but the dough cutters seemed to inspire them to create 2D robots the first time the played with the invitation.
If you think play dough is just for preschool, I’d encourage you to offer play dough invitations to school age kids as well.
As kids get older and have more and more experiences with creating, you’ll see new details added. Here my 7 year old added a bow to her robot, a “toy” the robot is playing with and a full “outfit.”
My 5 year old also loved adding accessories to her robot. She added hair, earrings, and buttons for each of her robot’s functions. And of course the robot has three fingers, because, “Mom, robots have three fingers.” Did you know that?!
And if you’re thinking, “Ummm! I have three year olds who are just going to make a mountain of dough and stick stuff in it.” That’s okay, too! It’s part of the learning process, and the more opportunities they have to engage with invitations like this, the more their story telling and details will develop.
Later the kids did end up making some standing robots. That’s one reason I always like to provide multiple opportunities for kids to interact with the same materials. Each time they play they seem to attempt new things and learn even more than if I had only provided a single opportunity for play.
If you do this activity, I’d love to know which way your kids built their robots first! Let me know in the comments.
PRINTABLE ROBOT THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. This week-long preschool robot theme is all about learning inspired by robots. Create robots, use robot “parts” for play, and engage in hands-on activities with a robot twist.
Robots are fascinating to preschoolers, so a robot theme is a great way to get students engaged and excited about learning. In this week-long theme of 30+ robot activities kids will create their own robots, engage in robot-inspired sensory play, and learn about concepts like counting, patterning, shapes, beginning sounds, letter recognition, magnetism and more with robot-inspired activities. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
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