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Host a robot-themed party!

Snacks, costumes, loot bags and more: Get the gears in motion for a robot-themed party that will have your little android jumping for joy.

By Sadiya Dendar
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Start by creating a mechanical theme with a do-it-yourself banner; cut out gears and wrenches from silver wrapping paper, then string together with fishing line or a thin silver ribbon.

Once the party starts, make sure your kidbots are tuned up and ready to go by making a pit stop at the snack table. There they’ll find all the edible parts fit for a robot – nuts and bolts, circuit boards and robot wiring – no cooking or baking required.

Mix together pretzels, circle- and square-shaped cereals and Smarties for the nuts and bolts; use colourful block candies for circuit boards and licorice as wiring.

When their tank is ready for a refill, make sure they get a swig of jet fuel (Raspberry-Cranberry Lemonade) to keep their motors running and wheels spinning. Cut out gear- and bolt-shaped tags with creative labels and paste them onto bright paper with fun designs.

Play robot games

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Robot relay Give each child a windup robot and let them race the toys against one another on the floor. Use masking tape to mark the start and finish lines.

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Robot freeze dance   Have kids dance like Mr. Roboto until the music stops – then they freeze. Whoever keeps dancing after the music has paused is out until only the winner remains.

Robot Says   It’s every kid’s favourite game, but with a twist. Instead of saying “Simon Says” before every command, turn on a flashlight. Kids should only obey the robot commands when the flashlight is turned on.

Make a robot craft

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Cut out one paper robot shape for each child at the party. Let them decorate it with foam, felt scraps, googly eyes and glitter. Attach to a paper lunch bag and then show them to a “help yourself” station with loot like a windup robot, a robot-shaped cookie cutter with recipe attached and a snack bag of the “nuts and bolts” party mix.

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This article was originally published on Feb 22, 2012

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