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Junk robots kids crafts and toys by Mini Mad Things

Today we went treasure hunting in our local op shop and found lots of fun small parts to build these cool junk robots. Encouraging kids to re-purpose old toys and other bits and bobs is not only great for our planet, it also requires creative thinking to see new possibilities beyond the original purpose, helping our children become the resourceful inventors our future will need.

If you love this project but don't have the materials, check out our fun kids CRAFTS KITS, our MEGA LOOSE PARTS CONSTRUCTION CRAFT BOX includes all the materials you need to make these JUNK ROBOTS plus lots of other fun crafts.


  • Large wooden blocks for body
  • Smaller old wooden building blocks
  • Old toys like dominoes, lotto tokens or large plastic screws
  • Various screws, nuts, bolts and washers.
  • PVA wood glue or a hot glue gun
  • Screw driver

These are the things we found but you could get creative and use whatever you have to hand.

a selection of up-cycled materials to make junk robots


The boy assembled how he wanted the robots to look then I helped him to either screw or glue the parts together.

Junk robots made from recycled materials, children's crafts by Mini Mad Things

Junk robots made from small parts and old toys

robots made from up-cycled materials

children's craft project to make junk robots

CRAFT KITS to make at home

If you love this fun project by MINI MAD THINGS but don't have the materials to make it, check out our cool kids CRAFT KITS. With our LOOSE PARTS CONSTRUCTION CRAFT KIT you can make these JUNK ROBOTS plus lots of other fun construction crafts.

Our MINI MAD CRAFT kits are choc full of crafty fun ready for you to get creative at home. The kits are designed to inspire open-ended creativity. With our range of beautiful, engaging materials, you can either follow our craft tutorials or create your own fun projects.

Pictured below is the MEGA LOOSE PARTS CONSTRUCTION craft kit.


Tinker tray loose parts open-ended craft kit for kids


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