Light-Up Chipboard Robot Toy

Light-Up Chipboard Robot Toy

Make this chipboard robot light up when you find his secret tickle buttons.

(Psst..... they are under his armpits. Tee-hee!) In this project, you'll build a simple circuit with Maker Tape, an LED, and a coin cell battery.


Step 1: Draw the Robot

On the chipboard, draw simple shapes with a black marker to make a robot. Most robot shapes are simple squares, triangles, and circles, so experiment and make your robot unique!

Step 2: Cut Out the Shapes

Cut out all of the shapes with a craft knife. Go over the edges with the black marker to make them look finished.

Step 3: Attach the Arms With Paper Fasteners

Use a hole punch or sharp point to poke a hole in the arms and body, and connect the two with paper fasteners.

Step 4: Glue the Parts Together

Glue the remaining parts together with tacky glue. Let it dry.

Step 5: Paint the Accents

Paint the accents with gold and silver paint.

Step 6: Place the LED

Poke two holes in the center of the body and place the LED through.

Step 7: More Paint

Paint the area around the LED to reflect its shine. Let it dry.

Step 8: Lay Out the Circuit With Maker Tape

Create the circuit on the back as shown: 

  1. Put regular tape over the paper fasteners to prevent them from shorting out the circuit. 
  2. Add maker tape to the negative (shorter) leg of the LED. 
  3. Place the battery on top, negative side down, then place maker tape over it. 

                   4. Continue laying the maker tape as shown.

Step 9: Create the Switches

Tape paper flaps (with a piece of Maker Tape inside and the edges folded over) under each armpit to close the switch.

Step 10: Light It Up!

When both armpits are tickled, the robot’s LED lights up!

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