How to Build a Robot Out of Paper

    by Contributing Writer

    A paper robot with movable limbs can be a fun and entertaining creation for children, who will be able to play with one for hours after they make it. A robot can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. One that has moveable arms and legs sounds complicated to assemble, but it's actually not that difficult to cut out and put together.

    Things You'll Need

    • Construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Mucilage or paper glue
    • Wire
    • Google eyes
    • Marker pens and crayons

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    Cut out your robot's body parts out of construction paper, using scissors. "He" will need a head, which can be square or round; a body, which should be a large rectangle and arms and legs, which should also be rectangular. The body should be the largest piece of the robot, and the arms and legs can be as long or as short as you like. You can make your robot all one color or use a variety of construction paper colors.

    Assemble your robot with mucilage or paper glue. Attach the body parts by holding a one so that it overlaps the body, then pushing a 1/2-inch piece of wire through both pieces of paper. Cut the wire to the length you need with scissors and after pushing through the paper, bend it outward to hold it in place.

    Glue on your robot's google eyes. Dab a dot of glue on the back of each eye and place it on the robot. Remember, robots do not have to have eyes where humans do. Their eyes can be wherever you want them to be.

    Draw designs on your robot's body with marker pens and crayons.

    • To make the paper robot sturdier, cut the body parts out of posterboard or cardboard.
    • The head goes at the top of the body, which is one of the short sides of the rectangle. The legs go on the two corners at the other end and the arms can go anywhere on the upper half of the rectangle, one on each side.