Kid Craft: Garbage Bots

Garbage Robots made from recyclable materials

My son and I have been raiding the recycling bin to collect materials for robots! This is such an easy and fun project that provides endless ways to use your imagination.  Just grab a glue gun and some recyclable materials and go!

Garbage Robots made from recyclable materials

I won't give a step-by-step here, because it's really up to you and the kiddos to figure out how to make each robot, but I will give you a list of some good materials to use!

Glue Gun with Glue Sticks (this doesn't stick ultra well- maybe use super glue or epoxy if you want these to stay permanently)
Tin cans
small cardboard boxes
toilet paper tubes
plastic containers- from yogurt, sour cream, etc.
milk caps
lids from frozen juice concentrate
egg cartons
pom poms
googly eyes

Garbage Robots made from recyclable materials
Garbage Robots made from recyclable materials


  1. I love 'em. I have a box of 'junque' in my basement for just that purpose.

  2. Thanks for sharing this great idea. I am adding this to my bag of Nanny tricks! Next weekend sees another nanny and myself with 12! children, 5 yrs and up. This project is comin' along!

    1. 12 kids wow! I hope this project helps keep them busy!

  3. Spencer and I both love these! Too bad our recycling just got picked up this morning so we have no supplies. It would be fun to do with the kids I'm watching this afternoon.

  4. Pinned! I remember making a robot in elementary school....thanks for the reminder! :)

  5. What a fun idea!! I bet my boys would love making them.


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