Thursday, December 13, 2012

Great Gift Idea for Boys: Recycled Robots ~ a Fun and Unique Kit/Book That Teaches Kids How to Make Their Own Robots!

For some reason, boys are always fascinated by robots. I remember when my son Austen turned a giant cardboard box into a robot. He cut and drew and stapled that thing until it was done, and then he even tried to figure out how to motorize it! He didn’t quite succeed, but I love how this project really got his mind and body working to create something.

Recycled Robots, by Robert Malone, will also get your little guy’s creative juices flowing. This one-of-a-kind book and kit contains the instructions and many items that kids can use to create ten robot projects! It comes with a battery-powered motor and two windup walkers to automate the bots that children can make using common “junk” from their rooms or around the house, like mint tins or drinking straws. Also included in the kit are googly eyes, wooden beads, wooden dowels, punch-out paper templates, wire, stickers, and mounting tape.

And the 144-page book is highly entertaining, too! For example, it starts out with The Three Laws of Robotics:
  • A robot may not injure a human being or allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders of human beings except when it would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect his own existence as long as it does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions make it easy for children of all ages to create robots. Best of all, by making the robots in this book, it will inspire kids to come up with their own ideas for turning old toys and other objects into robots or different things. As the box states, “Warning: Making Robots May Be Habit-Forming.” Fortunately, it’s an excellent habit to instill in kids, especially active little boys! I hope you’ll pick up Recycled Robots for all of the children (ages 8 and up) on your holiday gift list!

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