Motorized Coloring Machine Kids Can Make

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You know what STEM is right? Science, technology, engineering and math. These are skills that kids really need to have a nice handle on- both boys and girls. We incorporate STEM into our homeschooling as much as possible.

Let me show you how we took the parts from an old broken toy and turned it into a motorized coloring machine. My kids call this coloring of the future!

motorized coloring bot kids can make

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For the step by step instructions, you can read them here. Here is what the coloring bot looks like in motion.

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  1. That motorized coloring machine is way cute. I’ll have to give this a try. I need to check out all of these activities the next time the grands are here.

  2. We could totally do this! I am going to try it with my kiddo over the weekend! This is so neat!!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That is so awesome. I love this. My boys would absolutely flip their lids for this.

  4. This looks like a really fun project. STEM activities can be so educational and still so much fun. It’s a great way for kids to learn.

  5. Wow! I am sure the kids would love this project. It seems so easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow! This looks like a really cool project for kids!! Great post!!

  7. These are great activities to spark a child’s interest in STEM. I love to watch children making things with their own hands and it is simply great to see their creative genius.

  8. My son has always been fascinated with robots. Bet he’ll have fun creating that motorized coloring bot. It’s way too cute!

  9. I am a huge advocate for anything STEM or STEAM related! Especially for our children – it is so important to raise forward thinking children!

  10. This is way too cool. My granddaughters will have so much fun with this. We have to try this.

  11. Wow this is pretty fantastic. I am pretty sure my kids would LOVE something like this. How cool, very creative and so fun.

  12. Even though my son is a teen, he’s probably go for trying to build the motorized coloring machine. I think he’d like it. Thanks for the idea. 😀

  13. I love STEM projects, so does my son. This project reminds me of the Squiggly Wiggle writers from back in my childhood. Bet you kids have a blast with their creation.

  14. Wow! Very clever! My daughter would love to color with this. Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday!

  15. We can’t get the cup to move. The motor works and everything seems intact. Any suggestions? We switched cups…not sure what else to try.

    1. Wendy- have you offset the weight on the shaft of the motor? In other words, it is like when your washer goes off balance because the clothes are not evenly distributed and it causes your washer to shake. Same idea, If you will email me a picture of how you’ve constructed the inside of the cup where the motor protrudes and the shaft is visible we can take a look. crystalandcomp at yahoo dot com

      1. We have done it about 5 different ways with 3 different cups. We have switched markers, moved the motor and the battery. We finally got it to work on one cup but then the motor melted the whole of the cup. I dont
        know how to send a picture here

  16. Can this be used for a science fair project ?

  17. Your Instructions completely skip a whole part. We can see front with video that something is spinning and moving inside the cup. Yet there are no instructions with that step so of course our project did not work. Very disappointed. We later figured out it needed something to vibrate inside the cup so we attached a cork with wire and metal weight.

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  19. Kate Carroll says:

    my daughter wants to do this for her science fair project but for some reason we cannot get it to work. i connected everything exactly like yours but nothing happens. any advice? she is so upset she wont be able to do it.

      1. Katherine Carroll says:

        It is a brand new battery. We tried it with a motor from a toy like yours but nothing happened. We tried a paper cup and plastic cup. Nothing. We tried a handheld fan and 2 different toothbrush motors. Nothing. We have tried so many different things. My daughter is so upset. We have to quickly find a different project bc her science fair project is due next week. So disappointed

  20. Clearly there is something moving around on the inside of he cup. Why leave that step out? Without that step, there is a lot of work put into something that will not work the same way the video shows.

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