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Super Cool, Easy-to-Make Scribble Draw Bot

Looking for a super cool kids activity that combines art and science? This super cool drawbot is as fun to make as it is to play with. The scribble bot is quick and simple to put together with things you have laying around the house.  Then make some really cool art projects with the help of your scribble robot. This electronics experient is fun for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too. We’ve included instructions to make this summer activity for kids or use it in your school as an electricity experiment for kids.

Looking for a super cool kids activity that combines art and science? This super cool drawbot is as fun to make as it is to play with. The scribble bot is quick and simple to put together with things you have laying around the house.  Then make some really cool art projects with the help of your scribble robot. This electronics experient is fun for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too. We've included instructions to make this summer activity for kids or use it in your school as an electricity experiment for kids.

Scribble Bot

Whether you are looking for a fun summer activity for your summer bucket list for kids or a fun STEM Project to round out your classroom, this super fun and easy-to-make scribble bot is sure to fit the bill. I’ve seen similar projects circulating around for a while, but honestly was intimidated to try it. I wish I hadn’t waited so long! This drawbot it outrageously fun to engineer, design, and create art with. This is such a gentle, but meaningful introductiong to electricity for kids. Use this electronics experiment with preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6 students, and up! Whether you are a parent, teacher, homeschooler, or planning a STEM summer camp – this project is a MUST!

Small motor 1.5 -3 V thick elastic band 2 in x ½ in, AA Battery Pringles can or other small container cork 2 leads Paper Felt tip pens painters tape

Drawbot

Start by gathering your supplies. Some of these things just use your best judgement and use what you have on hand. That’s the idea of this STEM activity, allowing kids to create and design their own robot, but here is what we used to get you started:

  • Small motor 1.5 -3 V
  • thick elastic band 2 in x ½ in,
  • AA Battery
  • Pringles can or other small container
  • cork
  • 2 leads or electrical wires (I prefer to use leads, but we had leftover electrical wire on hand so we used that)
  • Paper
  • Felt tip pens
  • painters tape
  • electircal tape

As this project uses a battery, please use common sense and always do it under the careful supervision of a responsible adult.

Scribble robot

Scribble robot

We started by decorating the outside of our drawing robot. We kept it simple and covered it the green painters tape, but you could attach constructin paper and make it super pretty, cool, and unique!

Now turn the can upside down and use electrical tape to affix the battery to the side of the flat bottom of the can. Put the rubberband on top to hold in place.

Electronics Experiment

Scribble Bot Instructions

Attach the two leads to the motor so that one side of each wire is wrapped around the handle. You may have to carefully trim the covering so you can get to the wires.

Electricity Experiment for Kids

Electronics Experiment

Attach the motor to the top of the container on the opposite edge as the battery. The edge of the mtor needs to be close to the edge so the arm can spin freely off the edge.

Kids Activity

Electricity Experiment for Kids

Press a cork, glue gun stick, or plastic into the motor as an arm. You can experiment with different length glue sticks, or other items such as corks or even plasticine.

Summer Activity for Kids

Stem project for kids

Now put the other end of the leads into rubberband so it is held at the terminal ends of the battery.  YOu are testing that it works. If it doesn’t, cross the wires, no biggie.  Still not working? Try a different battery.

stem project for kids

Kids Activity

Attach 4 felt tips pens around the sides.

stem activity for kids

Summer Activity for Kids

When you are ready to let your drawbot loose to make some art, remove the lids and put the leads back on the battery. Your Scribble bot will aggitate around and make crazy lines.

electronics art project for kids

Isn’t that so cool!  It’s not so much about the art you make, it is that you made a ROBOT who made the artwork! How impressive is that! Try to modify your robot and see if the markers all need to be the same height, different colors, different items on the arm, etc.

science activity for kids

Science activity for kids

We decided to cut our science artowork into shapes. You can use it as wrapping paper, an evelope for a local penpal, etc.

Scribble Bot combines art and science for an EPIC STEM project for kids of all ages. This simple electricity experiment makes a fun drawbot!

This is such a simple, but outrageously fun electronics experiment for getting kids excited about learning!

Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos!  100 Amazing Food Experiments for Kids - so many clever edible science projects for kids of all ages to explore chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science! #scienceexperiment #scienceproject #kidsactivities capillary-action-science-experiment-for-kids DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc.

Science for Kids

Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

This amazing color changing slime is going to blow your mind! This heat sensitive slime will actually change color as your kids touch it because it is heat sensitive! This is a super cool project for kids you MUST TRY! Must try summer activity for kids to add to their summer bucket list  There are certain science projects that make you go WOW! This color changing flower activity is one of those! Children learn about capillary action for kids with this amazing, colorful flower experiment. Try this colour changing flower experiment with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th garders too. Simply print pdf file with food coloring flower experiment worksheet and you are ready to play and learn with flower science!  Looking for quick and easy magnet experiments for kids? This magnetic field sensory bottle allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders to explore magnets for kids in a playful way. Kids will be amazed at the power of magnets in this magnet game for kids. This is such a fun science activity for children to explore magnet science experimensts. 

Science Experiments for Kids

Your kids love mazes, but they've never seen something as incredibly COOL as this  maze potato! This potato maze will blow kids away as they watch potatoes grow, learn about plants and their need to head towards the light. This plant activity for kids is perfect for spring or summer learning. All you need to try stem activities are a few items you probabaly have around the house to try this plant experiments for kids from preschool, kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too!water pollution for kids science experiment with celery    Are you learning about plants with your kids? Most children learn about plant life cycles and sprout a seed, but this photosynthesis experiment allows students to learn about photosynthesis for kids is a very simple, easy plant experiment. This photosynthesis activity is fun for all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and up.

Plant Activities for Kindergarten

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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