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Fancy Dress Outfits: A Cardboard Box Robot You Could Build With Your Kids

By Mimi Newton

Dressing up games are fun for all kids. Maybe they just walk around in their mum’s shoes or their dad’s boots but perhaps they might sometimes design costumes or outfits based on their active imaginations. Sometimes however they might ask for your help in coming up with some fancy dress outfits for a party or other event.

While there are many retailers and online stores selling everything from little fireman suits to little princess wings, you will often find that lots of the fun in fancy dress lies in coming up with your own ideas. There are some cheap and easy costumes you can improvise from items you already have at home. This article describes a fancy dress robot. You can make it together with your child to stimulate their craft skills and imagination.

You could probably make or buy something better than your child will make himself or herself but that’s not really the point. The main idea is that you develop your child’s artistic side by helping them put together their own outfit.

All children except perhaps the really young should be able to put together this simple robot outfit. Two cardboard boxes are needed. You need a small one for the head, and a larger one for the body. Tell your child how you are going to work together to make the outfit. You could ask them to do a drawing to show what they want it to look like when its finished.

You will need to find some cardboard boxes. One needs to be big enough to fit the child’s body. The smaller one is for his head. The parent should now take the large box and cut off the two small flaps. Now cut arm holes in the remaining flaps. The child can now push their arms through the holes so that the box sits in from of their body. Take the smaller box and cut eye and mouth holes.

Now it’s the child’s turn to help. Both boxes need to be painted. Grey seems like a good color for a robot, but really its up to the child and what colors of paint they have available. If they want a pink robot, and they have plenty of pink paint, then why not let them use their imagination.

An alternative to paint is to cover the robot with tin foil. You probably have some in the kitchen already. When you stick this on using white (PVA) glue you should have a shiny metallic robot.

A robot should have some buttons or switches on the front. You and your child should find something suitable around the house. You could make shiny buttons out of sweet wrappers. Or, if you’ve made a shiny robot using kitchen foil then you could make the buttons and switches out of bottle tops. If you’ve ever watched a James Bond film you should know to add a large red button labeled “Self Destruct”.

Another idea is to have a robot with a TV screen on his tummy. The adult can cut a hole for the TV screen, while the child draws the TV picture on a piece of card. Alternatively the child could cut pictures from a magazine and glue them to the card. Now glue the card so that it sits behind the TV screen, and you have a robot with built in television.

Wearing fancy dress outfits for parties or events helps to put you in the mood of the celebration. Allow your creativity and imagination take over when you wear fancy dress UK.

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Newton, Mimi "Fancy Dress Outfits: A Cardboard Box Robot You Could Build With Your Kids." Fancy Dress Outfits: A Cardboard Box Robot You Could Build With Your Kids. 2 Jul. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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