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.

We love making JUNK ROBOTS and it is a project we come back to time and time again, most recently inspired by the fantastic book MAKER CAMP by Delaine Holton-Fessler. The book includes a fantastic selection of heritage crafts and skill-building projects for children. The book weaves a story of human creativity and modern tinkering, from the very beginnings of building shelters in the woods to utilizing recycled materials. From weaving and knot tying to building toy cars and junk robots, this book links techniques of the past with the present while offering the fun of making things with your own hands.

Head to our mini online book shop to purchase MAKER CAMP and lots of other fun KIDS ART & CRAFT BOOKS >>>


  • Wooden blocks and scraps of wood
  • Old wooden building blocks (optional)
  • Various screws, nuts, bolts and washers
  • Old toys like dominoes, lotto tokens or large plastic screws (optional)
  • Multi purpose craft glue
  • Hammer and nails
  • Screw driver
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper


If you are using ready cut wooden blocks (like old building blocks) your can go straight ahead and begin assembling your robot. For these happy robots we used a selection of old toy parts, screws and wooden blocks, all assembled with glue and a few screws.

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

Junk robots made from small parts and old toysJunk robots kids craft activity

If you want to get into a little wood working fun, you can cut your scrap wood to size, sand the edges and assemble your robots with nails, screws and glue. The book MAKER CAMP (which we love) has and awesome guide about woodworking with kids and setting up a creative workshop space.

Maker camp kids activty book and wooden robots


On our website, we stock a small range of hand selected kids art and craft activity books. Each book has been tried and tested by myself and my little ones. We only stock books which are beautiful quality and I highly recommend.

See our full ranges of ART & CRAFT BOOKS HERE >>>

Art workshop for children process art activity book
Art Workshop For Children
Drawing workshop for kids art activity book
Drawing Workshop For Kids
Adventures in cardboard kids craft activity bookAdventures In Cardboard
Art Starts by Tinkerlab kids art and craft activity book
Tinkerlab Art Starts Book