Kidoinfo DIY Project: Tin Can Magnetic Robots

[ 1 ] March 26, 2013 |

These tin can robot kits reminiscent of Mr.Potato allow kids to create (and re-create) robots from recycled parts and magnets. All the “body” parts can be stashed inside the tin can, wrapped with a how-to label–perfect for a DIY party craft or gift.



  • tin can (We prefer soup cans with a flat inside edge when the top is removed.)
  • hardware,and various recyclables such as bottle caps, nuts, bolts, wire, keys, buttons, etc.
  • hot-glue gun
  • strong disk magnets



  • Open tin can with a safety can opener so there are no sharp edges.
  • Empty, wash, and dry the can.
  • Create robot faces with magnets and metal hardware (no glue needed).
  • Use glue gun to attach non-metal (buttons) or non-magnetic items (aluminum) to magnets.
  • Arrange magnets and recycled parts on tin can to create your robot person.

Bonus: Make up a story about your robots.
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Category: activities: indoor, art, crafts, high school age, kids, preschool, teens (13 +), toys, tweens

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Marcia M. Fowler Marcia says:

    Love this idea!
    I know what our next crafty project will be. Thanks for sharing.

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