Around here, we love robots. So the book I chose to share is The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas.
The book is a wonderful story about a robot with a broken heart. Being deemed "unfixable" he is thrown out to the junk pile where he befriends and helps a bluebird struggling to fly south. The bird takes up residence in the space where his heart used to be, and once again the robot feels as though his heart is soaring.
After reading the book (and taking a moment to wipe my tears), we decided to make our own robots to love.
First, I made felt boards (just as I did during Dr. Seuss week). These are SO easy to make! All you need to do is glue a sheet of craft felt to cardboard and cut out various shapes of felt. I used my pinking shears on a lot of the pieces to make the robot look more...well...robotic! And of course we had to give our robots a heart!
Next we made robot pillows to hug!
Wild One has no idea what is going on but insisted on being a part of the picture
To make your own robot pillow you will need:
- robot coloring page
- fabric markers
- light colored fabric
- coordinating thread and needle or sewing machine
Print out your robot coloring sheet (the one I used is from here at Confessions of a Non-Domestic Housewife) and lay a piece of fabric on top of it. Trace the design using fabric markers.
Let the kids color and decorate their robots with the fabric markers. When they're finished, follow the instructions on the package to set the marker.
I love that they added lots of birds to their pillows (Pinky drew birds for Chaos)
Place the top of your pillow (the robot picture) FACE DOWN on top of the bottom of your pillow and stitch on three sides using your sewing machine or by hand. Turn right side out.
Stuff the pillow, then sew closed the 4th side.
You're finished - give your robot pillow a great BIG SQUEEZE!!!
We had such a fun time with our robot crafts that we plan to have a complete week dedicated to robots soon. I hope you'll check back!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what Polly has in store for the rest of the month at Helping Little Hands!