I showed the children some cut out shapes: rectangle, circle, triangle, square, and a trapezoid. I also showed them a sample robot using lots of colors, and told them to make their robot any way they wanted.
"You mean we get to use our imaginations?" Of course the answer was, "Yes!!!!"
We put out my collection of metallic papers, which I collect from chocolate boxes, shopping bags, Pepperidge Farm cookie bags, and coffee bags. We also put out lots of buttons, some foam scraps, construction paper and scraps, some painted or colored collage papers, (this is the fate of unclaimed art, I'm afraid,) and a few other odds and ends. The children are great at discovering the potential of collage materials. I also had a little wooden fig packet which I had brought in to put markers in, and while my back was turned it became part of several robots. I didn't mind; I was amazed at the creativity. I love how brave first and second graders are! One child said that she didn't know how to make the body. I urged her to try drawing the body with a pen before cutting it out. Off she went...problem solved. Have a look at these very individual robots!
The child who made this robot told me it was a grandpa robot, complete with cane.
And the child who made this one said her robot was a sea captain.
This is a robot elf, the little girl who made it told me.
This robot is sticking his tongue out!
What a great project!!!!