Now is a good time to collect things for a recycled robot project. All the packaging that comes with the joy of the holidays can leave behind some good inspiration. Think shiny papers, twist ties, wine corks, bottle caps, blocks, plastic toys/game pieces/marker caps that have been abandoned. If you're not sure what to do with your scratched cd of Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits or that warbled BellBivDevoe cassette single case, fear not!
"We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster."- Oscar Goldman (The Six Million Dollar Man)
Use an old cd and two corks for a base, plastic packaging for a body and start inventing.
The possibilities are endless here. I would invest in some basic Sharpie Paint Pens if you can find them on sale. They're great for drawing (with supervision) on so many surfaces-wood, plastic, photos. They add another dimension of personality to these kinds of imaginative projects. I think it's important to find out a bit more about a child's creation so create a little questionnaire. They seem to have as much fun telling me about their robots as they do making them.