De Spelletjesideemachine

Introduction: De Spelletjesideemachine

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The Idea

The 'Spelletjesideemachine' is a machine designed by Soukaina, an 11 year old girl. The idea behind this machine is to bring back the old-school games. Nowadays kids are focused on the little screens of their electronic devices such as computer, smartphone,... Soukaina wanted to play some fun games again on the playground. So she invented the 'Spelletjesideemachine' (Eng. Game idea machine).

How it works

To activate the robot, two children have to jump on his feet. Then, the two kids choose their difficulty level of the game they want to play: Hard, medium or easy. After they pushed the button, the robot gives them a paper where they can find the explanation of the game. If they need a ball or rope or another tool, the robot will open its door where they can find the ball, for example.

After a couple of minutes, when the brake is almost over, the light in the head of the robot will illuminate and an alarm will sound over the whole playground. The children will quit their game and collect the ball and the little paper. After collecting everything, they put it back in the robot so they can proceed to their classes.

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Step 1: Materials and Dimensions

1.The head

General dimensions of the head: 800 mm x 800 mm x 600 mm

- Beam: 8 x (760 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm)
4 x (520 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm)
- Pipe: 1 x (150 mm diameter x 500 mm)
2 x ( 10 mm diameter x 130 mm)
- Nylon thread
- Different gear wheels. ( We made them out of acrylic, but you can easily make them out of wood or cardboard
and paint them in different colours.)
-Mouth, nose and eyes. We made them out of all sorts of materials. It doesn't really matter which one you use.

2.The body

- Beam: 8 x (760 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm)
4 x (1020 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm)

- Wooden plate, MDF (8 mm thick)
2 x (1100 mm x 800 mm)
2 x (1100 mm x 784 mm)
2 x ( 800 mm x 800 mm)

- Two small wheels
- Two handles
- Six hinges
- 3 Buttons to choose dificulty level (we used hamburger dogtoy's )
- aluminum tape


- Wooden plate, MDF
2 x (500 mm x 300 mm)

- 2 Small rubber balls (feet)

Step 2: Assembly Head

The head

- First of all, you have to paint the beams. We used grey, to emphasize the characteristics of a robot.
- Connect the four beams ( 760 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm ) so you become a square. Do this twice, so you have two
different squares. Secure them by using L- irons.
- Now put the other 4 beams ( 520 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm) on top of each corner of the first square you have
made. Again, secure them by using L- irons
- Then connect the two squares, by securing the second square to the construction.

The neck
- drill two diagonal holes (12 mm diameter) in the pipe. (150 mm diameter).
- Now secure the smaller pipes into the holes you have made in het big pipe.The square frame will lean on this


- Now secure different wires of nylon in the square frame. You can use this structure to decorate the inside of the
head as u want. We decorated the head with all kinds of gear wheels in different bright colours to emphasize the
characteristics of a robot.
- Using the same system, you can give the machine a face and a lot of other cool features.
- Place the light on top of the neck.

Step 3: Assembly Body


- Cut out the different patterns with a jigsaw: 4 doors and 2 pockets , one in the front and one at the back. You
can see the dimensions on the images. Don' t throw away the parts you've cut out.
- Sandpaper everything after cutting out.
- Paint the wooden plates. We chose to use grey, because we want to make it look like a real robot.

Base and top

- Take the square wooden plates.
- Secure on each plate 4 woorden beams in a square. It should fit perfectly. (A)
- Use a screw to secure the plates to the beams. But first drill a small hole to avoid splinters.
- Do these steps twice, so you become two different squares.
- In the second square construction, you have to drill a hole of 510 mm diameter. This is where the neck is going
to be fitted in.

Connect neck and top

- Connect the big tube on the body. We used a box like picture C.
- And connected it to the top plate like picture D.
- Now screw the tube on the box with a row of little screws


- Put the other 4 beams (1020 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm) on top of each corner of the first square you have made. Again, secure them by using L- irons.(B)
- Now secure the wooden plates to the frame, we already made in the steps before.
WATCH OUT : There is a difference in between the front panel and the panel that has to be at the back.

Final assembley

- Attach the top square construction to the bottom and sides.
- Give the machine an extra robot look by securing a lot of screws into the panels.
- Secure the hinges to the doors and side plates.


- Cut out the wooden plate a form that is similar to the form of a foot. We were inspired by the form of the shoes of a clown.

Step 4: Total Assembly


- attatch the 3 dificulty buttons on the front.
- garnish the pocket like you want
- cut a bow (we lasercutted it with acryllic) (but you can use cardboard or something else)
- screw little handles (selfmade) on the doors
- screw the two bought handles to the back (10 cm from the top)
- screw the little wheels on the bottom of the back.


- attach a half ball to each feet.
- finish it with aluminum tape


- Tape the lights to the top of the big tube.

Step 5: Final Result

Here some pictures of our final result.

Thank you for reading this instructable
and have lot's of fun making your own version of this machine.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool! I'm loving all of these inventions the kids came up with. This really sounds like a great program!