This week in K-1 Art Club, we read Boy + Bot, a sweet (and funny!) story about a boy and a robot who become friends -- and then we made our own Dough-Bots! Everyone got a kit-of-parts with cardboard, Play-Doh, foil, nuts, bolts, washers, round paper clips, plastic string, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, googly eyes, and floral wire. We shared materials and made trades, as needed, and it was fun to see how everyone came up with such different designs using similar parts!
The kids were especially creative with this project. There is a Dough-Bot with a brain that has thoughts and feelings -- though at first the brains were intestines! We also have two whole Dough-Bot families, and the kids even made foil clothing, freckles, and hidden earrings covered up by dough hair. You can see lovely mixtures of Play-Doh colors, experimental use of magic marker, and inventive ways of adding texture in the photos below. Early on, we realized that we desperately needed glittery Play-Doh, so we figured out how to make it ourselves by cutting the fuzz off pipe cleaners and mixing the tiny pieces into the dough. (And one kiddo just happened to have some actual glitter in her backpack, so that got mixed in, too!)