No doubt about it boys and robots are a great mix. We went searching everywhere to find the best resources for a robot homeschool unit study for you.
We pulled together a list of robot books, activities, LEGO robots, DIY projects and more so your boys can have fun while learning about robots. Using a homeschool unit study is a great way to get started because you can simply go down the list and explore.
Scroll down to see our Homeschool Unit Study on Robots!
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Robot Homeschool Unit Study
Wouldn’t your boy love his own robot? I know I would love to have one myself! It could do the dishes and the floors, and take care of paying bills and all of the other gazillion things I have to do.
Well, I guess I won’t be getting a robot anytime soon but you and your boy can have some robot fun (and learning) with this list. Enjoy!
Robot Shadow Puppets:
Robot Shadow Puppets from LaMaisonDeLouLou – includes rocket, moon and planet as well. Printable Template included.
Skull, tree and Robot shadow puppets. Printable template included.
12 Robots to color and add details to. Some girl robots included but tell the boys they can share with a sister or make them look really crazy!
LaMaisonDeLouLou also has a neat set of Robot Cubes to make and includes printable templates to do so.
Get Scissors, and glue, fire up the printer and build some Awesome Paper Robots. I mean it—these are really Awesome! (images below–courtesy of LouLou & Tummie, thanks!)
This Paper Climbing Robot from Housing a Forest is DIY with simple supplies: paper, string, tape, a penny, pieces of straw and a couple of beads.
Robot Masks can lead to a lot of imaginative play. These are the neatest masks I could find. You could also use the basic idea and have your boy create his own. (image below–courtesy of Mr. Printables, thanks!)
Build your Own Robot printable (free) from PickleBums. Parts and pieces to put together to make your own robot. Print on paper, or on magnetic paper for some fridge fun.
RealPurdy has a group of robots that are easy to make from tin cans. Pretty darn cute. I think you will like it because all the parts are connected with strong magnets making it an open-ended activity that can be used for a long time.
This framed robot felt board is a really cute idea as it can be an ever-changing decoration for a boys room as well as a toy. Build new robots daily. Easy!
We made these cool robots out of re-engineered toys.
NASA has a robot puzzle game to play.
Check out this robot puzzle idea. You need to buy the files through UnTrendy Life. I think they are really cute. (not an affiliate link–I just like her stuff) You could also have your boy make his own in a drawing program and print them out if you like. (image below–courtesy of UntrendyLIFE–thanks Dora!)
Robot Art and Crafts
Art Robots for all ages. The instructions are for young children but this looks like a fun project for everyone. They use a clear CD case for the body which is really clever.
You can also follow the directions in this neat How to Draw a Robot slideshow or create one on your own.
And your boys might enjoy these Robots by artist Mark Rivamonte.
We found an online build-your-own robot creator. The image on the left is of what my son made–pretty neat eh? This would be fun for boys to mess around with for a while. They have a lot of different parts to use.
Make Your Own Robot: Vibrobots:
Making your own robot is perfect for a robot homeschool unit study. This is where a lot of learning happens!
Here is a vibrobot from Make Magazine made with a candy tin, coat hanger, and a motor plus a couple of wires and a battery.
Make your own vibrating robot with a bit of style. Very good detailed instructions with a lot of pictures.
Kinetic Drawing Bug Robot. Using a small motor and battery holder plus a bit of wiring and plastic tubing your boys can create this cool moving robot. You can hook up a pencil to it to watch it “draw” or make a few and race them instead!
One of my husband’s favorite books when he was a kid was The Runaway Robot and my son thought it was great as well. Alas, it isn’t available through regular channels unless you want to pay a whole lot. I am including the image here so you can be on the lookout for a copy–or ask for it at your local library.
Here are a few fun more robot books for you and your boy to read and enjoy.
Make a LEGO Robot:
We made some funny LEGO robots. They are super easy to make. Click here to see the article.
Here is a bit of LEGO Robot inspiration for your and your boys. There are no instructions but they look pretty easy to build. Plus, they use some neat pieces in unusual ways.
See the video below for LEGO robot instructions by Sean Kenney. Sean kindly agreed to let me interview him. Find out what he had to say about LEGO and learning. You can also check out reviews of his books, including the Cool LEGO book he uses in the video, right here on this site.
Special thanks goes out to my son for contributing to this post! Here is the “cool robot” he made out of LEGO after watching the video from Sean Kenney.
Older boys might enjoy building a omnidirectional holonomic LEGO robot. This takes some specialty pieces and a bit of know-how but there are detailed directions and it looks like a super project.
If your boy learns best through hands-on learning or is a kinestetic learner and you want to go all out you can just get the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 along with this book and be done with it. Hours and hours of fun robot learning will be ahead for both of you. (I’m secretly hoping my son ends up wanting one so I can play with it too 🙂
We also made these LEGO Robots for you to check out. This was a fun and creative project that my son and I both enjoyed.
Robot Snacks and Fun Food:
Oh and one last thing, just for fun: When looking for fun robot stuff I was excited to find these. Do you remember them? They sure take me back!
Well, that wraps up our Robot Homeschool Unit Study. I hope you and your boy(s) have a lot of fun playing with and creating robots.
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See BrainPowerBoy’s other Unit Study topics for more way to raise boys who love to learn.