Inspired by the rockets that a friend made with her boys from plastic cups, my son and I sat down today to make a robot family after doing a robot puzzle together. I poked holes in the cups to insert chenille stem arms and antennae. (The metallic stems were discovered in a closet at my mom’s. She would use them to make ‘Christmas spiders’ somewhat like these.) I cut shapes out of adhesive-backed foam for him and helped tape the cups together. He attached the eyes and drew with my Sharpies (quite a privilege!) But what he seemed to like most was telling stories about them, telling me they were a family of robots without my prompting. He fed them metallic hay and talked about their digestive systems (potty training…) and asked why daddies are big and strong. It was a spur-of-the-moment craft. I’m enjoying the chance of pace in our arts and crafts as he grows.