We have had this activity planned for awhile, but now got the Pete The Cat & Robo Pete book, and decided it was a perfect match.
So on one of the snow days from Snowzilla 2016 my hubby sat & read the book with the kids and then we proceeded to make our own robots.
Prior to the activity I did a bit of prep work. We took old metal soup cans & hot glued the lids back on. Then we took random parts & hot glued magnets to them.
We let each kid (and adult) pick a can and then we laid out all of the parts and let them go to town. They even remembered we had some magnets on the fridge & incorporated them. After they were at a pausing point (because there was always a lot of tweaking or redoing) I took their picture & had them tell me a story about their robot.
SKILLS: fine motor. Hand eye coordination (getting pipe cleaner into springs). Imagination. Storytelling.