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Entertainment for kids : How to make a DIY Draw-Bot for kids



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Hey makers! Ready for a fun and easy project that will get your creativity flowing? In this blog post, we'll learn how to make a simple scribbling robot – a little machine that draws cool patterns all by itself!

This project is perfect for kids of all ages who love to create and explore. With just a few everyday items, you can build your own robot artist. But, before we go into making our DIY robot for kids, let's quickly look at the materials we'll need for this project:

Required materials

  • Plastic cup

  • DC motor

  • Battery

  • Power switch

  • Jumper wires

  • Cardboard paper

  • Scissors

  • 3 Marker pens (of different colors.)

  • Glue or Tape

  • White plain sheet of paper


This project works mainly on the principle of vibration. The vibration is produced with the help of a DC motor and a little weight (cardboard paper) attached to the motor shaft. Once the system is turned on and the motor starts to turn, it vibrates the plastic cup, and the markers attached to the cup start moving in random directions on the surface it is placed on thereby creating different colorful patterns.

Steps to make a drawing robot

Follow these simple steps below to make your Draw-Bot:

Step 1:

Turn the plastic cup upside down and glue a small square cardboard cutout to the base of the cup.

Step 2:

Glue the battery and power switch to the cardboard cutout and connect them following the circuit diagram below:

Step 3:

Secure the DC motor also to the cardboard with the motor shaft extending beyond the edge of the cardboard paper, then connect the three devices following the circuit in step 2.

Step 4:

Next, cut out a small rectangular piece from the cardboard paper, make a small hole towards the end of the paper then fit the shaft of the DC motor tightly through the hole.

Step 5:

Secure the 3 marker pens around the body of the plastic cup with glue or tape.

Step 6:

Secure a white sheet of paper on a flat surface with tape (this will act as your drawing canvas)

Take off the lids from the marker pen, then place your Draw-Bot on the white paper. Your Draw-Bot is ready for some scribbling!!

Demo video

Turn on the power switch and watch your bot amaze you with some artistry.

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