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Reid’s Robot Birthday Party

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I can’t take credit for this super-cute robot birthday party. My friend Erin did 99% of the work, but she had some great ideas I wanted to share. Her 3 year old is totally obsessed with robots, especially Wall-E and the Iron Giant, so this really was a perfect theme for him (and basically every other 3 year old). Who doesn’t like robots?! It was simple and very DIY, but still full of fun.

robot birthday party

 Erin had the party at her mom’s, because she has this gorgeous patio and a big yard for the robots kids to run around.

robot birthday party

My contribution to the party: A Happy Birthday banner. I downloaded free robot fonts from dafont.com and printed the letters on scrapbooking paper (it comes in that size).

For activities, Erin had a Robot Work Station with balls, tubs and those grabby robot arms from Target:

robot birthday party games robot work station

Fun fact: those robots across the bottom actually say “Reid” in one of the fonts I downloaded

robot birthday party games robot work station

robot birthday party games robot work station

robot birthday party games robot work station

The grabbers were a HUGE hit with the kids.

She also had a bean bag toss to “feed” the robots energy:

robot birthday party games robot bean bag toss

But my favorite activity was the make your own robot station:

robot birthday party make your own robot froma paper bag

make your own robot froma paper bag

robot birthday party make your own robot froma paper bag

Those are just paper bags spray painted silver with a paper plate glued to the front (for a “dial”) and holes cut for head and arms. The kids decorated with peel and stick foam shapes and robot shaped crayons.

And here are the robots in action:

robot birthday party make your own robot froma paper bag

robot birthday party make your own robot froma paper bag

robot birthday party make your own robot froma paper bag

Besides the very active robots, we had some robots guarding everything from the front door to the food:

robot birthday party robots out of boxes

robot birthday party robots out of boxes

robot birthday party robots out of boxes

robot birthday party

Erin says she got these at Michael’s

Erin didn’t really have a theme for the food besides “stuff kids and grown ups will eat”, but I made her a few signs to tie it together with the party:

robot birthday party food

robot birthday party food

That’s beef, chicken and beans & rice for a burrito assembly line

party food

All the toppings

robot birthday party food

robot birthday party food robot cake

say cheese face

That’s Reid’s “say cheese!” face

caroline cake

And all the kids went home with goodie bags that contained robot crayons, robot painting pages, robot stickers and a robot eraser.

robot birthday party goodie bags

Thank you Erin, Mitch and Reid for sharing your special day with us!

How To Make Robot Shaped Crayons

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

This is an easy tutorial for robot shaped crayons only because we were having a robot-themed birthday. It’s really for any kind of shaped crayons – the possibilities are endless. All you need is a few boxes of regular crayons, a silicone mold and an oven.

Step 1: Peel all the wrappers off the crayons. It’s tedious, but put on a movie, grab a glass of wine and get to work.

Step 2: Break the crayons into pieces. For the 1 inch molds we broke each crayon into 3 or 4 pieces.

Step 3: Put broken pieces directly into the silicone mold.

Step 4: Put the mold in an oven or toaster oven set at 350 degrees for approximately 5-7 minutes, or until the wax has melted.

Step 5: Carefully transfer the mold to a shallow dish filled with ice water. Once the wax cools and hardens, pop out the crayons and repeat!

how to make robot shaped crayons in a silicone mold

how to make robot shaped crayons in a silicone mold

how to make robot shaped crayons in a silicone mold

how to make robot shaped crayons in a silicone mold

Lots of colors! Erin made a whole rainbow – each kid got at least 8 crayons.

Tips:

  • We were looking for a way to melt the wax to pour into the molds when I suggested just melting the wax IN the mold. It worked perfectly, and all the details on the crayons showed up really well.
  • This is the silicone robot mold we used for the crayons. It’s technically for chocolate, but any silicone mold would work for crayons.
  • Wax DOES burn, so keep an eye on your crayons and don’t try to rush them by turning the oven up too high.
  • If you set your mold on a piece of tin foil (see below) the foil cools almost instantly and it’s easy to transfer to the cold water without tipping or sloshing the wax.
  • We only filled the molds about half way – it kept the crayons easy for little hands to grab.

how to make robot shaped crayons in a silicone mold

how to make robot shaped crayons in a silicone mold

Crayons in action!

Robot birthday post coming soon!



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