We created funny wiggle bots for my little Yourinaut’s birthday party. The kids really loved the activity, but the adults were also quite entertained. It is fun to do no matter how old you are.
To make a wiggle art bot, you will need:
- a plastic cup (you can also be creative and try other containers)
- 3 markers (preferably washable)
- 1.5V-3V DC motor
- AA battery holder
- AA battery
- a clothespin
- hot glue or good duct tape
- craft and other recuperation material for decorating the bot
Build the Bot
Tape the Marker Legs
You have to tape the three marker to the cup to make legs for the bot. Do not forget to let the caps free so they can be removed and put back on. We put the markers inside the cup, but taping them on the outside would also work. In fact, it would have been easier for the kids (and us).
Decorate your Bot
Leave space on the top for the motor and battery holder, but otherwise, your can put anything you want around the cup to make your wiggle bot look cool. Let your creativity flow. Wiggle eyes always make a good effect once the bot is moving.
Fix the Motor and the Battery Holder
You need to connect the wires to the motor. There should be a symbol indicating the + and – spots. The red wire normally goes into the + spot. Then, insert the battery into the holder and make sure the motor is spinning properly. If it’s defective, you are better finding out now before you fix it to the cup. We glued both the motor and the battery holder on the top of the bot with hot glue, but later we found out that good duct tape holds better.
The last step is to put a clothespin on the motor axle to create the unbalance that will make the robot wiggle. If the motor axle is too small, wrap some tape around it to help the clothespin hold better.
That’s it, now you just need to remove the marker caps and turn on your art bot on a sheet of paper to create interesting patterns. You can experiment by varying the clothespin position to modify its movement patterns.
Challenge for YOU
Come on, gather some friends and make your wiggle bots, it’s fun! See which bot makes the best patterns. Share a picture of you bot in the comments.