Length of session – 2 Hours
Ages 5 – 11
This was run as a holiday club session which was great as the children were able to work solidly for two hours. The session could however be split into two one hour sessions if needed.
Firstly we had a chat about robots and what they might do. The children came up with ideas for their own fantasy robot (eg. one that made the bed, cleaned their bedrooms etc). We talked about what different parts you might find on the robots and what shapes they would be.
Once they had plenty of ideas flowing, we played a game as a group: I gave them all a sheet of A4 that had been folded into quarters across the short edge and then straightened out again so that the paper was divided into four. On the first section they drew some robot ‘feet’ (this could be wheels, runners, spring…anything!). Then they folded it up a few times so it couldn’t be seen and passed it to the next person who drew the legs, then they folded it and passed it on again for the body and the process was repeated for the head. After the final pass they opened them up and were highly amused by the results! NB – make sure they continue their lines slightly onto the section above so that the next person can join their drawing on.
I put the resulting robots up on the wall and we had a chat about their various functions and who had done what. Now they had loads of ideas to take into their own robot design!
They began by drawing their robot in pencil on A4 paper first. This isn’t essential but it does help them to hone their ideas and work out the details. Once they were happy with their design I handed out purple A3 card (why not!) and they drew their design in black sharpie.
I gave them black, white and blue paint. I showed them how to mix various shades of grey, starting with white and gradually adding black. I also showed them how they could add a bit of blue to create a few more tones. Firstly, they all mixed one shade of grey and painted this over all of their robot. Then I demonstrated how to add dark and light areas by mixing a very dark tone for one edge of the robot and a very light tone for the other edge.
Once they had added their shadows and highlights, I gave the paintings a blast with the hairdryer to remove any wet paint. Once it was dry, the children used sharpie over the top to add in their finishing touches such as button and dials. They even gave their robots some great names.