Beep. Beep. Boop. That’s robot language for you’ve got to see these amazing activity ideas in our free robot preschool lesson plans! Your robot preschool theme is going to be all charged up with picture book suggestions, arts and crafts, plus math and science fun. Find the whole bundle of ideas at the end of this post in a free download of preschool lesson plans. You’ll like it a ‘bot’, we promise.
Free Robot Activities for Preschoolers
Robots are fascinating right? My son, who is 4.5, has been enamored with robots since he was around 3 years old. So much so, that we had a robot party for his third birthday. Complete with hex bugs in the favor bags, (if you don’t know them, they are such a fun toy), robot costumes made from brown paper bags painted silver, and of course, a sweet robot cake.
Fast forward almost two years and that robot fascination hasn’t faded much. It has now turned into wanting to learn how to code a simple robot and make it follow demands.
All this to say… well, robots are cool. Preschoolers love learning about the intricate parts of a robot, creating a robot out of household materials, and even just exploring the items used to make up a robot (nuts, bolts, gears, etc.).
We have put together this amazing set of lesson plans because we know how much work goes into teaching preschoolers. We hope to lessen the load and fill your planning pages with fun and purposeful ideas for your robot theme.
FAQ About a Robots Preschool Theme
You may have a few questions about teaching this preschool theme! Check out these frequently asked questions for how to teach your preschoolers about robots.
Robots are interesting for all ages. Children are naturally interested in these techy magical devices and they are great for introducing STEM learning and the magic of creativity. Plus, there is much learning to be made from failure and building robots has been a lengthy process of failures.
Preschoolers can interact with robotic hardware such as nuts, bolts, springs, gears, etc. Allow children to examine, engage, and freely explore these items. Introduce simple circuits and allow children to see how electricity operates something and causes a chain reaction.
A robot theme goes hand in hand with tools and machines, science and STEM learning, and even a reduce, reuse, recycle theme as children learn we can upcycle so many things for new uses.
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Important Info about these Robots Lesson Plans
These lesson plans for preschoolers are just one theme in a set of over 40 that will become a part of my free Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans.
The Learn at Home Preschool Lesson Plans are a set of free lesson plans you can use to teach your preschooler at home.
Each set of lesson plans is centered around a weekly theme and includes a minimum of 16 activities that can be done throughout the week. They are designed to be done at home with parents, but many preschool teachers are using these lesson plans, too!
Just glance over the lessons each day, gather the very few materials needed, and you’re ready to go!
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, requiring very little (if any at all) prep and only require the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement…and this makes preschool teachers happy, too!
These activities also work wonderfully in the classroom, and if you’re a preschool teacher who is remotely teaching you can send these lesson plans to your student’s parents.
Interesting Preschool Activities for a Robots Theme
We have already established that you probably won’t have to ‘sell’ a robot theme to your preschoolers… they will be ready to dive in! With these fun academic-based ideas, you can enjoy the fun of learning with your children without the headache of hours of planning.
Literacy Activities for a Robots Preschool Theme
Letter R Robot Craft – Print and invite your preschooler to help you cut out the pieces of this adorable robot letter craft. Search magazines or books for things that start with the letter R. Create a letter R basket using things from around the house that start with the /r/ sound.
Robot Rhyming Game – Print the cards and cut them out. This game requires children to match the rhyming words. If your child is new to rhyming, lay out a few sets together and match the rhyming words and say each one out loud. Say, ”cut and hut are rhyming words because they end with the same sound, -ut.” Model the rhyming process with more rhyming sets. Lay out three cards and invite your preschooler to find the rhyming words. Point to each picture and say the word together. If your preschoolers are having trouble hearing the rhyme, continue modeling and saying, “these two pictures end with the –it sound, that rhymes!”
Don’t Forget the Robot Picture Books!
One of the best ways to teach preschoolers about any theme is by hand-selecting the highest quality picture books! This is a book list for our best-loved picture books for a robot theme.
Math and Science Activities for a Robots Theme in Preschool
Build a Robot Dice Game – Print the template and grab some dice! Roll the die and add the robot parts when you roll the corresponding number on the die. Invite your preschooler to cut out the robot parts beforehand for scissor cutting practice.
Robot Measurement Activity – To prepare, print the robots, and cut out. Grab some counting cubes and a tray. Line up the robots and invite your preschooler to measure the robots using counting cubes. How many cubes did you need to measure each robot?
Gliding Robot– With some help from an adult, you can make a robot glide along string using straws, tape, and pony beads! This great activity has your preschooler working on engineering a ‘working’ robot!
Playful Preschool Learning Activities for a Robots Theme
Red Light/Green Light – Get some energy out by playing this classic game. Remind your child what the colors mean – red means stop and green means go – and practice following directions as you play.
Animal Movement – Invite your preschooler to pretend to be an animal. Hop like a bunny, slither like a snake! Invite your preschooler to come up with other movements and list each animal on a piece of paper. How many animals can you be?
Make a Straw Rocket – Grab this printable rocket template, tape, and some straws. Cut out the rockets, attach the straw, and blast off! Play again and again. Who’s rocket can make it the highest? Who’s rocket can go the farthest?
Social-Emotional Activities for a Robots Preschool Theme
Socket the Friendly Robot – Go to YouTube and read Socket the Friendly Robot by Zachary Horricks. This sweet story of new friends working together to solve a problem brings a big smile to your face. Invite your preschooler to repeat the last sentence of the book, “Wiggle and Socket learned that by helping others you make amazing new friends.” Engage your preschooler to think about how they could help a friend their age, whether at home, school, or even at the park. How could you help a grown-up? What are some things that make a good friend?
The Emotional Robot – Print the pages to create your very own emotional robot! Choose your pages to print and staple to the top of the flipbook. Invite your preschooler to color in the emotion pages and talk about what each emotion looks like and what it feels like. Then, invite your preschooler to create a different emotion on the blank faces. What emotions do we like to feel? What emotions feel big and difficult? How can we manage those big emotions?
Just Plain Fun Robots Activities for Preschoolers
Robot Editable Board Game – Perfect for practicing numbers or letters, this printable game is ready to edit and play with your preschooler!
Robot Playdough – Make some silver play dough and grab some nuts and bolts, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes and create your own doughy and amazing robot friend.
Make a Recycled Robot – Find some empty cans, aluminum foil, cardboard boxes, etc. Create an upcycled robot using any materials you can find. Remember to repurpose and recycle materials that would have been thrown away! Invite your preschooler to add fun details like shapes and eyes. Hello Robot!
Get Online Activities for a Robots Theme
Online Story – Go to YouTube and listen to the story, No-Bot The Robot With No Bottom by Barry Keith. After listening and laughing, discuss with your preschooler: The robot looked everywhere for his bottom! Where did he look for his bottom first? Who did he ask after that? Continue retelling the story and help your preschooler practice telling the beginning, middle, and end.
Meet Some Real-Life Robots – Learn all about what real robots do, how they help us and even learn about robots in space!
Let’s Do the Robot – Practice your robot skills with this fun song and robot dance for preschoolers.
Make Your Robots Theme Even Better!
A robot theme is definitely improved with actual robots! These are some of the robot toys and puzzles I like to use with my preschoolers. My kids especially love the alphabet robots that can twist and transform from ordinary letters into well-disguised robots!
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I am an educator, book enthusiast, and a stay at home momma to two precious and long-awaited littles. My degree is in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction and I have spent the last 15 years working with young children. I feel very fortunate to have this time to watch my babies grow and I can’t wait to share my passion for learning and reading with you!