Make a Toy Robot Kit

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Rainy day toy for kids. Snip up disposable cameras with tin-snips, shears, wire cutters, nail trimmers. Old cameras are free for the asking at photo shops. Round off sharp corners, wear safety glasses while cutting - believe me, pieces go flying everywhere. Do not use the electronics. And be careful to fire flash before starting or you will get a nasty shock. You can punch holes in thin plastic parts with an awl and a standard paper punch. Add short bits of colorful telephone or network wire. Show kids how to thread the wires through the parts, twist loops, and wrap layers of wire to make legs, arms and claws. Make sure the small swallowable parts are kept away from toddlers. Maybe they are not as cool as Bionicles ®, but a box full of reusable robot parts makes a fun indoor activity.

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