Robot Bean Bag Toss

16 Feb

Silas has grown very interested in robots lately.  We have books on robots {ranging from robots in space, to robots around the house}. We have watched movies about robots {robots building cars}. And we have several robot creations in our house {robot drawings, robot Lego}.  This week we added another robot to our house: The Robot Bean Bag Toss.

This started out as when I asked Silas if he wanted to make a bean bag toss game with me.  I showed him a few pictures about what I had in mind, and he immediately asked if we could make it into a robot {to toss the bean bags into}.  So, after searching the house for materials, that is what we did.

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I found a few extra boxes {why o’ why do I even bother recycling boxes? I ALWAYS need them for projects!!!}.  We cut an opening in one of the boxes {for the bean bags to get tossed into}.

Then, we made the robot’s arms by taping together toilet paper rolls {Silas has collected quite a few toilet paper rolls in hopes of doing projects with them. And he was happy to put some of them to good use for his robot}.  Silas cut a circular hole in the side of the large box and put the toilet paper rolls in each side.  Then we taped the arms on.

We placed a smaller box on top {taping it on well} to simulate the robot’s head.  Then, we covered the whole thing in aluminum foil.  We taped the foil on with clear packing tape.  We gave him antenna, eyes and a mouth. He was really starting to look like a little robot!

The last step was to make bean bags.  I cut out some fabric from an old t shirt and sewed them closed with dried peas inside.

All that was left was to test out our little robot.

Ready, Set…..


Our little robot is a happy addition to the family. The kids are having a lot of fun with the new Robot Bean Bag Toss game.


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12 Responses to “Robot Bean Bag Toss”

  1. Will Strong 16. Feb, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    This is great. My nephews and nieces will love this.

  2. Nana 16. Feb, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Silas you made a fantastic robot and bean bag toss.
    How fun and creative !!!

    Good throwing the bean bags, Sydney.
    And your pony tails are too cute.

    Mama, you are a genius

  3. Amanda 17. Feb, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    This is such a fun idea, thanks for sharing

  4. Jen Green 17. Feb, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Wow, it sounds like you guys had a lot of fun building this. What a neat way to make the desire for a robot serve three projects: creating, having, and using said robot as an active game! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Nana 17. Feb, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Hmmmm…. the more I look at that robot, it reminds me of “the Mama’s” very creative Christmas gift wrapping she used to do…. She was very good at disguising things.

    Her creations were so great, that we didn’t want to spoil them by opening the gift.

  6. stephanie 20. Feb, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Hi beky,
    I liked this Idea and will bring this robot idea in a small kinder garden school where I work. Thank-you.
    I myself build a puppet theater from a cardboard box, I invite you to have a look. It’s a great kids project.
    have a great day.

  7. Rachel 18. Mar, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    That is so fun!!!!

    I’d love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I’m sure you’ll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

  8. Kristy 18. Mar, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiration! We made our robot yesterday and it’s been a HUGE hit!


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