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Kidoinfo DIY Project: Tin Can Magnetic Robots

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.

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.

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supplies

  • 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

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how-to

  • 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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Written by Anisa Raoof