It is always challenging to try to find crafts for boys. Especially kid Valentine crafts! Honestly, it is not an easy task. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for so I decided to make one instead.
I like crafting, though I don’t get the time to do it too often anymore. I did, however, find a bit of time to make this Robot Valentine Craft for Boys.
I have a website about raising boys who love to learn and I share activities for boys that are fun and include a learning twist to them.
Use this robot as a guide, but let your boy make the decisions on how his robot should look and what shapes he would like to use to decorate the control panel (that is the best part!)
This cute robot is fun to make and your kids will learn about shapes while making him.
Activities for Boys: Robot Valentine Craft:
It looks like there are a lot of directions here but this is super easy to make.
You will need:
- Cardstock (65# works best)
- Aluminum foil
- 1 Pipe Cleaner (Chenille Stem)
- Construction Paper in various colors
- Scotch Tape
- A Glue Stick
- paper punch
You can make your robot whatever size you like. Ours is around 22 inches long and was made to hang on the wall. With younger boys I like to work big as it is easier for their little hands to position bigger pieces.
I will give you approximate dimensions of the pieces we used to make our robot. Use the picture as a guide to make a robot your little guy would enjoy.
- Cardstock Square. 7 ½ X 7 ½ inches. Cover in aluminum foil. I laid the square on a larger square (9-10 inch) of aluminum foil, folded it over and glued the foil to the back of the cardstock.
- 3 X 1 inch small rectangle for the neck. Cover in aluminum foil.
- 2 – 7 inch X 1 ¾ inch legs. Cover in aluminum foil.
- 4 ½ inch square of colored construction paper for the head (we used blue.)
- 2 – 1 inch squares for the eyes (we used yellow.)
- 1 ½ inch triangle for the mouth (we used green) Have your boy cut a square in half to make the triangle.
- 3 ½ inch piece of pipe cleaner (we used green.)
- 1 ¼ inch colored construction paper circle (we used orange.)
- 8-9 inch long colored construction paper arms (we used orange.)
- Make the arms zigzag by folding them back and forth. This is what makes the heart stand out from the body.
Hearts and Control Panel:
- 3 inch red construction paper heart and 2 – small hearts for the feet.
- 6 X 6 inch colored construction paper square for the control panel (we used green.)
- 4 red dots that I used a paper punch to make and used for the rivets on the robot.
- Various colored construction paper shapes for decorating the control panel.
Most of the construction is pretty self-explanatory, just attach the pieces as shown in the photos, but I will share a few tips to make things go easier.
I used glue and tape to attach the body parts together so it would hold better.
Tape the pipe cleaner to the back of the head and tape the circle to the pipe cleaner. Using glue doesn’t work well.
Gluing on aluminum foil works just fine but can be a little slippery. One thing you should do is put the piece on, press straight down and let it sit for a bit without moving it.
Attaching the arms: I taped and glued the arms to the back of the robot (see arrow in image above) and then wrapped them to the front and glued down one zigzag to the front of the robot. This is what makes the arms stand up nicely. You then connect the arms together in the center and attach the heart in the middle. It stands out and is bouncy. Cute!
You can talk about the shapes as you are making this together if you like. I would mention in passing that I am adding squares for the eyes but I never “taught” shapes as it is something kids are naturally drawn to and they tend to learn most of them on their own.
I hope you enjoy making some fun robots.
If you are interested in more Valentine posts try these:
I have some DIY and Printable Valentines for Boys on Brain Power Boy.
Crystal shared this 12 Kid Valentine Crafts post that has a lot of neat ideas.
If your boy likes to read, don’t miss Funny Valentine Books for Boys.
and Crystal has a whole bunch of other Valentine Crafts on her site as well.