How to make DIY robots with kids

how to make a robots at home

Last Updated on April 11, 2024 by Team Experts

How to make a robots at home: While human-type robots aren’t on our radar just yet, modern technology has reached the stage where making robots at home is perfectly feasible. While your home robot does not represent the highest technical design compared to today’s market, building simple children’s robots with your children is fun and creates extraordinary patterns and memories. How are you? Let’s talk!


It completely depends on the project you are thinking of. For example, if you are looking for a robotic hand for children, you will need various electronic devices and a robotic linear actuator to provide the movement. Other robot projects for kids can be less technical and worse when you need googly eyes, cardboard, colored tape, more pairs of toy wheels, or a dozen buttons! Environmentally friendly? A greener approach to making simple robots can be to dispose of garbage and reuse some of the household garbage instead of buying new materials and consumables. Once you’ve identified the type of robot project you’re doing, the list of deliveries follows.


Pick a manageable project where your kids can do most of the work on their own. Take into account the child’s age and experience (robots for preschoolers would be very different from robots for teenagers), as well as their skills and interests.

Clearly follow a step-by-step guide. Failure in planning is planning mistake, as they say. To make your project as smooth as possible (and fun), make sure you have listed and understood each step before you begin.

Identify what materials you will need to build a robot. Once you have the list of tools and materials, it’s a nice thing to have them all assembled in the work area and ready to use.

Remember why you started this project. Building a robot is a fun, engaging experience for kids (and many adults!). Whether it’s just for fun or if you need help brainstorming with ideas for robot school projects, this whole process is a great way to get into your child’s creative and critical thinking. Stay connected with your children and focus on the learning and fun aspects of building together.

Let the children take care and be patient. While it may be easy for you to take on the robotics projects you do with your kids, especially when it gets particularly boring, resist this temptation if you can. Yes, this can be difficult, especially when you see your children struggling with certain problems and taking many times to be properly understood. Keep your patience, calm and encourage young Edison on the path to success! Be prepared for countermeasures and go through the steps again if your DIY robots don’t work at first. Make them do as much as possible, no matter how many tries it takes!

Celebrate as soon as your project is finished! Even if you’ve developed a DIY mini-robot or some other simple robot that can be made at home without complicated Arduino microcontrollers or robotic servo motors, it’s no small feat. It is impressive for a young child to create a mechanism that moves and works on its own. This should be celebrated for the tremendous achievement.


Once you’ve followed the steps above, they can be applied to any robot project you’ve done. We’ve listed some fun robot project ideas below to get your creative juices flowing!


Did you ask Google, “How are beginner robots made?” and feel overwhelmed by the answers. Our research shows that Bristlebot is one of the lightest and funniest beginner robots out there. Simply cut off the top of the toothbrush and attach a small motor that is powered by a coin-operated battery.

First, prepare the tools:

  • Scissors;
  • Hedge trimmer.
  • And collect pieces:
  • a toothbrush;
  • a vibrating motor;
  • a battery;
  • some double tape;
  • a pair of pipe cleaners;
  • a pair of googly eyes.

What you need to do step by step to make a bristlebot is:

Cut the top of the toothbrush with scissors and stick a piece of double tape on it (exactly along the width of the head of the cut toothbrush).

Attach the motor to the head of the toothbrush by gluing the strip closer to the parting edge and making sure that the rotating part of the motor can rotate freely.

Wrap one of the wires coming out of the motor in the center of the strip and place a battery on top (battery markings should face up).

Check that the connection works properly by touching the battery with another cable. The engine should rotate.

Glue the cleaning devices to the head of the toothbrush between the motor and the battery to give your robot a pair of legs. Bend the pipe cleaners down along the edges of the toothbrush head so that it stays well on the flat tip.

Add googly eyes simply by sticking them to the sides of the robot.

Finally, all you have to do is stretch the loose wire between the pipe cleaners and touch the battery to work – then let it run!

As a result, you will get a fast-moving bristlebot that drains over any surface and creates a lot of laughter.

Also read about: What is Robotics? What is the purpose of robotics?


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