A Cowboy's Life: DIY Art Robot

DIY Art Robot

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It seems like all of a sudden my son is tired of all his toys! I know he he has outgrown most of them, but since his birthday is coming up at the end of October and then Christmas right around the corner, we have told him he will just have to play with what he has. So instead of listening to him complain about the rule, we gathered up supplies from around the house and we made a homemade robot for him to play with.

Carson is really into making science experiments and projects lately, so we grabbed his electric toothbrush (that he refuses to use for some odd reason) to create the robot. This is easy to create and can make with things you already have at the house. If you don't have an electric toothbrush you can get them at the Dollar Store.

Supplies Needed:
1 AA Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ Batteries (available in AAA and AA)
Electric toothbrush
Paper towel roll
3 markers
Duct tape
White paper
Decorations for the roll (optional)

  1. Let your kiddo decorate the paper towel roll.
  2. Tape the 3 markers on the outside of the roll with the tips pointing down.
  3. Insert the batteries into the toothbrush.
  4. Place the toothbrush inside the role and tape close with duct tape.
  5. Stand up the robot and let him vibrate on the paper to see what he creates. 
  6. You may have to fix the markers positions on the roll before it works. We tried 4 markers and that was too many, switched to 3 and that worked great.

We picked up the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ Batteries at Walmart because the ones that came with the toothbrush was not very strong. Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ is the world's first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries and is Energizers longest-lasting battery. Try it! Power your most critical devices AND have less impact on the planet!

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  1. aw that looks so cute. My kiddos would love to do a project like this. Plus, I love that huge roll of paper you have in the photo. I really need a roll that big for my daughter.

  2. This is such a cool idea! My boys love making robot type toys and I know they would love to make one of these.

  3. OMG HOW CREATIVE- I love creative people, though I am not one myself! My mom got all the creativity! I am going to have to share this with a few folks that I know that have little folks that would enjoy the heck out of this! I even love that it seems so fun and easy at the same time! it really looks like your little fellow is enjoying it!

  4. How awesome! I think my 4-year-old would love creating one of these! What a fun way for her to reuse her old electric toothbrush. I'm we'll be able to use it to create and art bot!

  5. This is a fabulous idea! My 8 year old son is always looking for 'man' things to do. This is an activity that doesn't seem childish and that he can do independently!

  6. What a creative idea. My kids would really have fun with this.

  7. Love your artbot! Any way to get kids creative is a wonderful thing.

  8. That is a great way to use an old electric toothbrush. Pretty sure we have some of them laying around the house. Very cool. #client

  9. How creative! My boys love rockets! They will be grabbing their toothbrushes and trying to make this. I would love for you to link this up at Made for Kids link party!

  10. Thanks for sharing this robot at #made4kids! Hope you will join us again. It starts tomorrow evening at 10pm EST.


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