I don’t always turn every read aloud into a whole thing, sometimes we just read-aloud for the pure pleasure of it. But we enjoyed The Wild Robot so much that I wanted to make it last so I put together a few hands-on activities to stretch it out and turn it into a fun book based mini-unit study.
First of all, let me say that I totally jumped on this book because my pretend BFF Sarah Mckenzie of Read-Aloud Revival told me to. I read the books we choose for read-aloud ahead of time so I know what to expect, also because she tells me to lol, it helps with tackling tough subjects, and getting the voices “right”. So when I started this book I just could not put it down, it was that good!
The Wild Robot Book Based Activities
Mixed Media Art Project
The simple artwork on the cover and even the black and white throughout the books was so eyecatching that I wanted to create something inspired by it! I am giving you a list of supplies we used but you can grab whatever you have on hand and put it in the center of the table for creative little hands. This activity is perfect to do if your kids need to move while listening to the read aloud, busy hands pick up tons of information!
You will need:
- Aluminum foil
- small flowers, moss, sticks…
- chalk pastels, charcoal pencils, watercolors
- cardstock or watercolor paper
- construction paper
- school glue
- Begin by using a blue watercolor to create the sky by filling most of the watercolor paper with big brush strokes.
- While your watercolor is drying you can cut out some robot-like shapes from the foil and a few trees from the green construction paper and set them aside.
- Depending on how much water was used the paper should be dry or just about by now, if not let it dry a bit more, for the next step we drew the rocky shoreline for our robot to rest on, the sun in the corner, and then the water below with chalk pastels.
- Add your construction paper trees of varying sizes to give your picture some dimension.
- Now you can begin building your robot on the mountain, just cut some random pieces that resemble his shape and glue them down to assemble.
- Add two dots for the eyes and some moss and flowers for camouflage, if you’ve read the book this will make sense!
- Add any other details you like to complete your artwork like a few chalk pastel trees to fill it in.
I read this to my 11 and 8-year-old, and there was definitely some vocabulary that I knew went over their heads, and this is something we needed to work on anyway. So for the next activity, we wrote down all the words they weren’t sure of the meaning of and I cut small flashcards from cardstock. I had the children write the words on each card and then draw a picture to help them remember the meaning if you like you can have them write the definition, part of speech, synonyms, and antonyms on the back for older kids. For instance, you can see gash is a big cut, we drew the horizon with an arrow, etc… I could have just bought or printed out the words but putting them in charge of it and making it really hands-on helps it stick better than a store-bought flashcard!
Finally, just for fun, I let them create their own snack robots to model our beloved Roz from the book. I raided the pantry and tossed whatever I could find on a plate and encouraged them to go wild. I used a lot of sweets on ours but you could also do sausage, pepperonis, cheese, fruits, and fresh veggies for healthy robot creations!
See, we are totally besties! I snagged this while we were chatting at the FPEA convention in May. JK she has no idea who I am or that I adore her!