Junk Art Robots

Feature-Image-junkyardrobotPut your inventors’ hats on! Today we’re gonna sift through some antiques and put them together to make some jiving robots! Introduce geometry concepts!


Using special die-cut shapes from R15299 Elements Paper, I’ll show you how to make five silly robots by selecting the best pieces, layering them, and gluing them down together on a sheet of paper. Alternatively, you could glue the collage robots onto a card backing, cut them out and paste a popsicle stick to the card. Children can come up with ideas for short plays or skits using the robot puppets. 


First, you will need to unpack your R15299 Elements Paper and separate all the shapes from the backing. Talk about the shapes to your students. Help them identify whichever shapes they may not have seen before. We’ve scoured many of our basements and attics to come up with the images for these shapes. What we found most exciting was how some of the shapes could match up with geometric shapes (so at the same time that you’re making art, you’re learning geometry!)

For instance, in our first robot below, we can pick out the image of the teapot. But what shape is it? If you flip it over to the blank, unprinted side, you might get the shape right there: looks like a square to me!

To make each of the robots part for part, I’ll give you a list of the head, arms, legs, body and any other shapes that are included in the design. You can use the robot designs as a guide for making your own (just use the shape descriptions to find your own elements that could represent each part) or make the robots as they appear.

Welcome to the Robot Dance Party! Introducing……


This robot’s arms stretch high up into the sky! Maybe the robot will use its propeller to help it fly!

Click on the image to see a larger image if you’re having trouble seeing the shapes!


Head: Square (Green teapot)

Arms: Long thin rectangles (Fork and spoon)

Shoulders: Circles (Wiffleball®)

Body: Large horizontal rectangle (Antique wooden molding) and a triangle (Propellor)

Legs: Large vertical rectangle (Glass jar)

Feet: Large horizontal rectangle (French door with screen) and long triangle (Seashell)


This robot loves to shimmy its legs! The springs help to keep this robot bouncing no matter what!

Robot-4Head: Large horizontal rectangle (Radio)

Arms: Triangles (Two knitting scissors)

Body: Large vertical rectangle (Wooden barrel)

Lower Body: Semi-circle (Stone handle)

Legs: Long vertical rectangles (Metal springs)

Feet: Small horizontal rectangles (Antique batteries)


This robot likes to twirl around. When it twirls, the jewel above its head sparkles and dazzles like a disco ball!

Robot-2Head: Square (Air filter) below oval (Ruby)

Antenna: Vertical rectangle (Antique corkscrew)

Ears: Horizontal rectangle (Double-sided screw)

Arms: Rectangles (Dumbbell and industrial wrench)

Body: Circle (Cast-iron pan)

Lower body: Horizontal rectangle (Doorknob and backplate) and semi circle (Antique clay pot)


Watch out! This robot likes to stomp its way into any dance party. STOMP STOMP! Keep in time with his dance beat!


Head: Triangle (Stained glass bowl)

Neck: Small circle (Antique canteen bottle)

Arms: Cylinder (Steel lock), circle (Ceiling screw) and long oval (Beer-cap opener)

Body: Square (Typewriter)

Lower body: Horizontal rectangle (Iron pot)

Legs: Two vertical rectangles (Gear screw and gear bit)


Don’t stay in this robot’s way! He’ll be zipping and zooming around the dance floor with his nifty propeller feet.

Robot-1Head: Triangle (Bell)

Neck: Triangle (Antique lamp base)

Body: Square (Typewriter)

Shoulders: Short horizontal rectangles (Doorknob and screw)

Arms: Long rectangles (Canoe paddle and drawer handle)

Legs: Vertical rectangle (Metal spring)

Feet: Small cylinder (Motor fan)

If your students have designed their own robot creations, contact us through the contact form so we can feature photos of your work on our next blog post!

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